Big in Vietnam
In the forest near Marseille, the Franco Vietnamese director Henriette Nhung is shooting Dangerous Liaisons with the help of her son Mike. But when the lead actor disappears, everything comes to a halt. The film looses its Valmont, and the director soon after. Behind her, she leaves the entire cast and crew, now passengers aboard a ghost ship with only the young Mike as captain. As she wanders the port city, Henriette discovers a world that reminds her of her former home, Vietnam. Here, she meets a man haunted by a long journey with no return.
All That She Surveys
“When I say that I’m not at all sure what All That She Surveys means, I’m not being disingenuous: the film remains fundamentally mysterious to me”. (GM) The idea and screenplay are by James Benning: a day in the life of a young woman (a beautiful role by Amy Seimetz). We see her successively survey her surroundings in a coffee house, become emotional at a tram stop, deep in thought on the tram and attentive in a museum. She looks and listens and takes in the world.
I Will Forget This Day
“Filmed in Grisaille with a sober eye, Alina Rudnitskaya’s I Will Forget This Day is a wrenching portrait of waiting young women, whose decisions are not always willfully made”. (Andréa Picard)
A Lax Riddle Unit
“In a Los Angeles interior, moving walls for loss. Practicing a song to a loved one. A film of the feminine structuring body.” (LL)