Reviews, previews and highlights of features and shorts from the myDylarama team and guest writers.
Queer joy, in all its beautiful, glorious power! Remy Enceladus on “Straight Girl”
9 April, by Laura Lee“Straight Girl” is a short documentary which focuses on Remy Enceladus, their acceptance of their own identity and discovery of sexuality and gender presented in stage persona and music. This film delves deep into a multitude of emotive topics and it feels as though Remy is learning this along with us. There is a sense of humour throughout the film that surrounds the deeper content, and a sincerity and honesty about how it is to live with the fragility of someone who, on the face of (...)
The unwelcoming side of Britain: Beru Tessema on Lions
20 March, by Brasserie du Court team, Elise LoiseauRosie, a Congolese teenager, who’s recently arrived in London, discovers the unwelcoming side of life in Britain when a misunderstanding with two window cleaners escalates into conflict. Lions is having quite the successful festival run. Well deserved, for this prescient and rousing short by London-based Beru. The short will be screened as part of a special programme of Clermont highlights in London at the Garden Cinema, in partnership with the festival team and Mydylarama! The (...)
Retour sur mon premier court : Laura Goncalves
9 mars, par Brasserie du Court team, Mydylarama teamA l’occasion de l’édition 2023 du Festival de Clermont-Ferrand, nous avons discuté avec la réalisatrice Laura Goncalves dont le court La Quadrature du Cercle avait fait partie de la sélection de 2015 pour en savoir un peu plus sur son parcours depuis et ce que lui a apporté cette présence au festival. Parlez-nous de votre premier court-métrage sélectionné à Clermont-Ferrand. Quel était le sujet ? Le court-métrage La Quadrature du Cercle a été sélectionné pour la 37ème édition du (...)
Jawahine Zentar on Sur la tombe de mon père #ClermontFF23
23 February, by Elise LoiseauWe interviewed French filmmaker Jawahine Zentar about her short film heart-felt Moroccan-set Sur la tombe de mon père (On My Father’s Grave) selected in the 2023 National Competition (F1 programme).
Interview with Binghan Lin, director of The Trapped Pig
9 February, by Abla KandalaftThe Trapped Pig tells the almost surreal story of a Wuhan truck driver, who is travelling home for the Chinese New Year with a precious boar, being trapped in one-person quarantine zone at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is one of my two comedy coups de coeur of Clermont-Ferrand 2023. The Trapped Pig is both totally absurd and at times very much laugh out loud. With skilful comedic timing, Lin Binghan tells a story that’s also full of heart and compassion for its trapped (...)
Richard Misek on his short A History of the World According to Getty Images
9 February, by Abla Kandalaft, Brasserie du Court teamA keen video essayist, Richard Misek’s work involved endlessly googling archive images. In 2018, he noticed that the download function had been disabled on Google. He dug deeper and found out that Getty Images had threatened to sue Google. The more he looked, the more Richard noticed that Getty had their logo imprinted everywhere and the scope of their reach became clear to him. This very cleverly edited short film questions the proprietary ownership of images from our collective history (...)
Isabella Margara on her short Nothing Holier than a Dolphin
5 February, by Brasserie du Court team, Elise LoiseauTwo fishermen find a Dolphin accidentally caught in their nets. The Dolphin, on its turn, finds a fisherman drowning in the water and tries to save him. More myths and legends as inspiration at this year’s Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival! This time, they come to us from Greece and through the lens of Isabella Margara in an astoundingly original short that one member of the audience loudly claimed was "the best film he’d seen this year!"
Laura Gonçalves on her short "O Homem do Lixo"
5 February, by Abla Kandalaft, Brasserie du Court teamOn a hot August afternoon, the family gathers at the table. The memories of each are crossed to tell the story of uncle Botão. From the dictatorship to the emigration to France, where he worked as a garbage man, and when he arrived with the van filled with “garbage”he transformed into treasures. What a man uncle Botão clearly was! Laura Gonçalves paints a tender and heart-warming portrait of a hard-working man who seems to have been as eccentric as he was likeable. Café court / Short (...)
Dwayne LeBlanc on Civic, at the Brasserie du Court
4 February, by Abla Kandalaft, Brasserie du Court teamCIVIC is a short film that follows Booker on his first trip back home to South Central, L.A. after several years of self-imposed exile. Without any clear motive, or even a warning, Booker returns to the place that holds his origins and the people who shaped him. An impressively mature and reflective debut short by Dwayne LeBlanc. There is a lot to unpack from Booker’s journey through his past, but this gives the film richness and texture as opposed of weighty and opaque complexity. (...)
"There is a radical desire for the unknown and of otherness": Soufiane Adel on One Day When I Was Lost
4 February, by Abla Kandalaft, Brasserie du Court teamThe Voyager probe is about to leave our solar system. At the same time, on Earth, Alain Diaw begins his first day of work in a prestigious automobile company. He has come a long way and is also aiming for the unknown. Soufiane Adel’s Le Jour où j’étais perdu (the title is taken from James Baldwin’s book) is a beautiful and graphically ambitious meditation on social, physical and technological mobility, merging an individual’s own desire to reach for the unknown and the ambitions of the (...)