Cinephile! This week’s episode of the Big Fred Tuesday features an interview with Jonas Bak, director of Wood and Water. The film premiered earlier this year at the Berlinale and also screened recently at New Directors/New Films in New York. It is a story of a woman’s late-life venture to discover a different culture far from home. It also integrates shots of the Hong Kong protests within its narrative, blurring the line between fantasy and fiction.
I also chat with Annael Verbeke, who recently won the Emerging International Filmmaker Award at Hot Docs in Toronto for her documentary, Four Seasons in a Day. The film is a reflection on borders at large, specifically looking at post-Brexit awkwardness along the Northern Irish border, which also reawakens old ideological demons.
Last but not least, I also talked with Mohamed El Aboudi, director of School of Hope. This is a documentary that has won awards wherever it was screened. A really touching and poetic documentary on the challenge of literacy and education in the Moroccan desert, which also documents the fading of a nomadic people, as a result of a long-lasting drought and climate change.
This episode of the Big Fred Tuesday also features, of course, the return of my recurring “Dictionary of Film” and “Popcorn Classics” segment. For the former, I talk about IMAX. For the latter, I celebrate Fernand Léger’s seminal 1925 avant-garde film, Ballet Mécanique. STAY CINEPHILE!