the World in 12 days!
Film Festival 2005
of your run-of-the-mill Hollywood blockbusters? Just escape
to the world of independent movies. That's what I did from
March 2nd to March 12th at Silicon Valley's premiere film
festival Cinequest in San Jose, California. This year Cinequest
2005 honoured legendary actor Sir Ben Kingsley with an award.
Who is well known for his academy award-winning performance
in Gandhi. Past recipients of Cinequest awards are William
H. Macy, Spike Lee, Gus Van Sant and Jennifer Beals.
brings out the best of the movie making industry. And it offers
a means to journey to the four corners of the world and watch
movies from all over. This year I managed to see 15 movies
that showcased brilliance and artistic genius of some independent
filmmakers. Here are some movies that stood out:
Made in USA: USA
This was a sheer delight. Very low-budget movie filmed in
the San Francisco Bay Area. Akash, an ordinary young man living
in India gets dumped by his girlfriend who is looking for
someone to take her to the States, so she can live a life
of luxury. A heart-broken Akash decides that the ultimate
revenge will be to find a "dulhan" (bride) in the
States. He travels all the way to the States and checks out
a number of prospects. All of which have hilarious outcomes.
First time producers Manoj Kumar Sen and Atul Parikh have
done an excellent job of conveying how difficult it is to
find love in the crazy world we live in.
This is a fast paced film noir that takes us to the streets
of the ancient town of Tallin in Estonia, where a corrupt
cop tries to murder his wife to obtain her inheritance. The
story takes an interesting twist when someone else gets shot
and several bystanders are implicated. Supermodel Carmen Kass
stars in this captivating thriller.
Private Eye: Finland
This movie gives Pulp Fiction a run for its money. A violent
action movie involving a private investigator who ends up
falling in love with a woman who is married to the mob. Bullets
fly and a lot of people end up in body bags, but the movie
has a Guy Ritchie touch that makes Lock Stock and Two
Smoking Barrels look tame.
It may be the year of film noir at Cinequest this year, but
this movie has an added element -- a gender-bender twist.
Our protagonist is trying to clean up his inherited family
business. The only problem is that he likes to dress up as
a girl and someone has photos to show it. Cleaning up the
family business somehow becomes more complicated.
(R) thedailystar.net 2005