Cinequest, Feb. 28


Day Seven at the Festival

The films to watch for on another busy day at Cinequest include the twist-filled crooks-in-suits crime drama Krews, a mixed bag with some potential. 6:45pm at Camera 12.

Also Heiran, an affecting and compassionate family drama from Iran: First-time director Shalizeh Arefpour “unfolds this tragic tale with no discernible melodrama.” 2pm [...]

Cinequest, Bummer Summer

There’s a lot of talk about digital this and digital that, but sometimes the old ways are the best. Walking down South First Street to Metro’s Friday party at South First Billiards, I was hand-promoted by a young man handing out postcards for Bummer Summer.

So just to return the favor, here’s Jody Amable’s review:

Bummer [...]

Cinequest 2/27

So Nancy Kwan will be showing up in San Jose for tonight’s world premiere of the documentary on her life: To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey; and she’ll be there for the subsequent screening on Sunday at 7. There are some elders who still refer to the dress that Cantonese call a cheong-sam, [...]

Nancy Kwan at Cinequest

The email came late last night: The weekend world premiere showings of To Whom It May Concern: Ka Shen’s Journey, a documentary about star Nancy Kwan, will be graced by the ultimate guest: Kwan herself.

Born in 1939 in Hong Kong, Kwan was a ballet student when producer Ray Stark nabbed her for a breakout role [...]

The New Distribution

Cinequest Film Distribution Panel

It’s here. We know it’s here. We know it’s the future. But we don’t know how to make it pay.

Such was the consensus at this afternoon’s (Feb. 26) panel at SJ Rep about the new frontiers of film distribution.  As moderator Peter Belcito of Film Finders put it, “The march of technology [...]

Cinequest: Feb 26

First, let us apologize to Blanchard Ryan, whom I incorrectly accused of bailing on an appearance in the 20-year history of Cinequest we published last week.  A reader writes in and notes that she was not only was Ryan there, she discussed the importance of keeping dreams alive. All apologies.

So: today is when some damned [...]

Cinequest Best Bet, Feb. 25

This afternoon’s best bet, according to Metro critic Steve Palopoli, is the Argentine head-scratcher
Green Waters

(Argentina; 90 min.) The bastard child of some scandalous three-way between Hitchcock thrillers, Polanski mind-melt flicks and ’70s paranoia films, Green Waters just might be the most intense movie you’ll see at Cinequest. First-time Argentine writer-director Mariano De Rosa has taken [...]

Party Time at Cinequest

The gang from local short film “Raton” (profiled not long ago in Metro) were among the celebrities and film lovers at the opening night party at Cinequest after the screening of “The Good Heart.

See more photos of the party.

Cinequest, Critic’s Pick for Feb. 25

Road to Sangam

(India; 135 min.) When India’s greatest martyr died, he asked that his ashes be divided into 20 parts and sent off with the flow of the nation’s 20 rivers. Amit Rai’s proudly humanist film is a fiction, yet it’s based on the real-life discovery, some 60 years on, of a cask of the [...]

Cinequest Day 2

So, everyone like the sheep movie? Not, according to Alejandro Adams, and we’ll be interested to hear protests and outrage from other than PETA activists, thanks.

Today, we have an array of 16 films, which, if nimbly arranged can provide four to five movies in a day’s watching. I thought I saw everything this year, but [...]