Isabel Sandoval’s third feature Lingua Franca offers us a transient, emotional look into New York, the city captured in its quiet mundane moments. Through the film’s charming meditation on life as a healthcare worker, Sandoval expresses the reality of undocumented immigrants in Trump’s America. Lingua Franca focuses on the story of Olivia (Sandoval), a domestic… Continue reading ‘Lingua Franca’: Ownership of Your Voice
“She sells seashells by the seashore,” a well-known tongue twister everyone grew up with, might have been about Mary Anning (Kate Winslet), a paleontologist in Victorian England. The latest addition in the growing catalogue of lesbian period films, Francis Lee’s second feature Ammonite follows Anning and her love affair with Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan), which… Continue reading TIFF 2020: ‘Ammonite’ — A Sensual Take on Paleontology
A decade after the Great Recession and amid the economic downfall we are facing during a global pandemic, films tackling the lives affected by these events are sure to come out time and time again. But it’s rare for one to carry emotional weight and affect the viewer. Chloé Zhao’s adaptation of the book of… Continue reading TIFF 2020: ‘Nomadland’ — A Look into America’s Lesser-known Pioneers
The Yugoslav Wars are familiar to those in the Balkan regions. Outside that, few people can really tell what happened nearly three decades ago. One of the most brutal ethnic cleansings in recent memory happened in Bosnia, specifically in one town called Srebrenica, where 8,372 Bosnian men and boys were slaughtered. Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanic’s… Continue reading TIFF 2020: ‘Quo Vadis, Aida?’—the Bosnian Genocide through a mother’s eyes
Family gatherings can be a pain in the behind. It’s where you see close friends and relatives again after a long time and you get bombarded with personal questions that you either don’t like answering or have no answer to. But of course there is this unsaid etiquette that you have to entertain them and… Continue reading TIFF 2020: ‘Shiva Baby’—Funerals can be entertaining!
General uncertainty brews on the horizon since the onset of COVID-19 restrictions. Even after a few months, I still feel the anxiety of how my life and others’ will pan out during these trying times. In the beginning, my days blurred into each other as I was spending most of my time at home like… Continue reading The Screens We Live In: On ‘Searching’ and ‘Unfriended’