Cinephile! This week’s episode of the BIG FRED TUESDAY, my show on all things cinema with a special focus on independent filmmaking at the international film festival scene for FRED Film Radio, includes interviews from the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam and one with one about an award-winning animated documentary.
The latter is My Favorite War by Ilze Burkovska Jacobsen and it is compiled via recollections of the filmmaker’s own experiences growing up in Soviet Latvia, illustrated via animated sequences. At a time of crisis, such as the one we’re living through now, it is important to remember what life was like under Communist regimes not too long ago in Europe (or Fascism for that matter), to encourage us to keep fighting for more human rights with no one left behind.
The two films from IFFR are respectively from Turkey and Georgia, The Cemil Show and Bebia, á mon seul désir. Both quite different in their strong, decisive style. The former is shot with vibrant color and flirts with occasional surrealist vibes while the latter is filmed in black and white, which enhances its driving theme of tradition versus modernity, and embraces a more realist approach.
This year will be one of the rare years that I will not be in Rotterdam for the festival, which is known as being defined by a program with films that, simply put, have an experimental edge. I have been attending it most years for the past seven years and obviously, will not be able to in 2021. To make up for it, I have already set up times for more interviews with more filmmakers presenting works in its online program and will unveil those over the course of the coming weeks in the following shows.
Aside from speaking with all these wonderful guests, I also celebrate David Lynch, who turned 75 this past week and remains one of the most fascinating filmmakers of his generation, even though he has vowed not to direct any more movies, which would make 2006’s Inland Empire his last cinematic directorial effort. But, as I mentioned on my book, Eye of the Beholder (ORDER HERE), it is important for just about any artist to know when to stop. Lynch’s filmography is, in my opinion, among the most flawless of any director and always worth revisiting.
Aside from that, I also talk about the recent news on the Venice Film Festival, which has announced major changes in its structure for this upcoming edition. Also, I launch a new segment to end the shows: “Popcorn Classics,” where I highlight a film for anybody looking for suggestions to explore an alternative kind of cinema. This week’s suggestion is the Hammer Studios classic The Curse of Frankenstein from 1957, starring Christopher Lee as Frankenstein’s monster.
And finally, while I have no say over the music curation, here’s an alternate tracklist that you can imagine for this week’s show: Kendrick Lamar, “Alright”; Babyshambles, “Fuck Forever”; Parov Stelar, “Step Two”; Emilie Simon, “Desert”; Otis Redding, “Try a Little Tenderness”; R.A.P. Ferreira, “Laundry”; The Smiths, “The Boy With a Thorn in His Side.”