There’s an obvious perk to living five minutes away from a place the screens free movies; this weekend was spent enjoying films at this festival whenever I got the opportunity. As convenient as it is to watch Netflix, anytime, anywhere, isn’t it nice to experience a film at an actual theater every once in a while? The atmosphere is totally different. It’s not a quiet apartment, a half-empty bottle of wine and a bowl of microwave popcorn; it’s a whole group of people enjoying a collective experience and laughing together. Yes, maybe I’m getting sentimental. I just really like watching movies.
This festival featured films that were Saudi, Palenstinian, Dutch, American… the variety was intriguing. The four films I saw were “Omar,” “Wadjda,”, “To Kill a Man,” and “In A World…” I have reviewed all except “To Kill A Man,” which was both critically-acclaimed and disturbing. I didn’t want to write a review on that. Here are the others, though:
“In A World…” (2013), Dir. Lake Bell
“Wadjda” (2012) Dir. Haifaa Al-Mansour,Saudi Arabia, Saudi girl
“Omar” (2013), Dir. Hany Abu-Assad,