Cinephile! Times are tough but super intense and I barely have time to upload some radio notes about this week’s episode of the BIG FRED TUESDAY, my weekly show on all things cinema with a particular focus on independent filmmaking and international film festival scene.
This was the week of the short but intense Berlinale 2021. As you may already know, the festival this year is split into two parts: the first, which took place in March 1-5, was for the press and industry. The second part, which will take place in the summer, will be for the audience.
My interviews from the Berlinale premiering on this show are Bardia Yadegari and Ehsan Mirhosseini, the directors of the new Iranian film District Terminal. More than resembling the usual Iranian brand of melodrama that dominates the yearlong international film festival scene, this movie feels influenced by a profound cinephilia and the spirit of the Beat writers of the ’40s.
Speaking of which, I was sad to hear about the passing of Lawrence Ferlinghetti last month.
I also have an interview with Brazilian filmmaker Gustavo Pizzi on his series The Last Days of Gilda from the Berlinale Series strand and Israeli filmmaker Hadas Ben Aroya, director of All Eyes Off Me. Besides that, this week’s Popcorn Classics recommendation is Michael Haneke’s 2007 The White Ribbon. What a powerful, haunting film! Stay cinephile!
(The music curation on this show has absolutely nothing to do with me and I apologize for it.)