Cinephile! This week’s BIG FRED TUESDAY focuses on this year’s edition of the Vilnius Film Festival. Aside from being the main film festival of Lithuania, it is also known as one of the most important film festivals of the region and each year, showcases great movies with a focus on debuting European directors.
This week, I interview Fradique, who is part of a collective named Geracao 80 that contributing to an exciting burgeoning Angolan arthouse filmmaking scene. He talks about Air Conditioner, an oneiric film about a caretaker and the mystery of falling air conditioning units in Luanda.
I also spoke with Dani Rosenberg, the Israeli director of an interesting hybrid film where real life meets fiction. The Death of Cinema and My Father Too was inspired by his real-life struggle to complete a movie starring his own father, until mortality complicates those plans. Rosenberg was a fascinating interviewee and he has some interesting ideas about cinema at large.
In honor of the Vilnius Film Festival’s commitment to highlighting new directors, I spoke with Saulé Bliuvaite, a Lithuanian director who presented her documentary short debut Limousine in the short competition.
And aside from all that, I spoke about the revolutionary Dogme 95 movement for my Dictionary of Film segment and Yasujiro Ozu’s 1930 silent film I Flunked, But… for my Popcorn Classics segment, even arguing that it might be the first masterwork by the great Japanese filmmaker. Stay cinephile!