by Susanna Williams
I wrote a post awhile back (which you can find here if you’d like to take a look), listing a few of my favorite films I had seen while working in acquisitions. As a part of that team, I go through A LOT of films, seeing which ones would be best for our company to present to audiences. Most of the time I forget films I’ve seen and they all just blend together. However, there are always some that just stick in my memory. While a big part of that reason is because I’ve seen some pretty horrendous films, I’m not going to blast any filmmakers (oh, but what fun it would be!) and instead pick out a few more that are in my head for positive reasons. Some we are going after, some were already picked up. Either way, I enjoyed them and have to add them to the list.
Dr. Ketel (directed by Linus de Paoli)
When the filmmaker brought this screener into our office, just by watching the trailer I knew it was going to be interesting. What I didn’t know was that I was going to thoroughly enjoy it. Shot in black and white with a Sin City look and a futuristic film noir theme, Dr. Ketel takes place in Berlin in a time when the health system has collapsed. One man, without a doctor’s license, is stealing medicine from pharmacies and treating desperate people in the shadows. Forced to take on the role of an outlaw, he is unaware that an American security agent is on to him. The first half of the film is in German, but when Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) takes over the second half of the story as the American security agent, the language swaps over to English. Plummer gives a terrific performance and the whole film and story is so very different and well done, it has become very memorable to me.
Musgo (directed by Gami Orbegoso)
This film is so odd and somewhat hard to explain, but I loved it. The opening scene starts out with a girl being tied to her bed and tortured while a strange masked man is approaching outside. There’s blood, it’s unnerving and creepy, almost like something out of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. From there, the film leaps back in time to show what led up to this horrifying event. And you soon learn about Sara, a young woman who runs an inn in the middle of nowhere. Her peaceful life is interrupted when her stepmother (a very strange woman) arrives with her father’s ashes, and her much younger boyfriend who seems to have a past with Sara. What makes this film so memorable to me, is there is very little dialogue because it’s mostly told through the hauntingly beautiful shots and imagery. Knowing that things are going to go badly for this girl, you can’t help but stay a little tense while this bewitching work of art plays out before you. It’s a mixture of beauty, blood, and wonderful acting. I admit, it leaves you with a lot of questions, but it is a film worth seeing.
Dimensions: A Line, A Loop, A Tangle of Threads (directed by Sloane U’Ren)
Dimensions is a film I saw awhile back and fell in love with. This steampunk fantasy has been described as a mix between Dr. Who and Downton Abbey. The plot takes place in 1921, where a young man is desperately trying to find a way back to his childhood to fix a terrible event that has forever haunted him. The story holds your attention from start to finish and has one brilliant ending. The hard work and talent that was put into this film really shows. It’s the kind of film you watch in awe, not being able to look away. A wondeful story and beautifully shot, this movie is the kind of film that deserves to be seen on the big screen. And you can because we were fortunate enough to be able to bring this award winning film to theaters in October. If you want to see an amazing piece of work, head on over here for more information.
Imagine (directed by Andrzej Jakimowski)
The story in this film is everything you need in a heartfelt drama. A young blind teacher goes to work at a school for the blind and wants to help them learn how to get around without a cane by tongue clicking. A long the way he brings life and love back to those who felt all was lost. Not everyone agrees with his method of teaching and his enemies try to prove that what he’s doing is impossible. This film is moving and uplifting and is sure to tug at your heart. With a superb cast and a story that keeps you rooting for the lead to win, this film is something that always sticks in my mind when I think of great screeners I’ve had the pleasure to watch.
So let me know what you think about these films and if any of them seem like something you’d like us to go after to bring to a theater near you.