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2019 has been a great year in Film. In this article we will explore some great pieces of work that you may not know… yet. Don't miss out on these films!


Climax, Gaspar Noé

 

Themes: Fear, Body Expression, Transe, Psyche.

 

Even though the film premiered in 2018 in a few locations, the major cinematic distribution only happened in 2019.
Climax is an international horror co-production- France and Belgium -  directed by Gaspar Noé. The controversial director is known for “Irreversible”, “Enter the Void” and “Seul Countre Tous”, among other projects.
Climax is sets in 90s and introduces us to a French dance troupe that throws an after-party after a rehearsal. During the celebration, the dancers start to lose touch with reality becoming increasingly agitated.
This is not your regular Sunday afternoon film, it´s an experimental piece of art. Most of the cast is composed by amateurs who are given total freedom to improvise. However, it´s Noé´s artistry that finds unique ways to glue us to the screen.

 

 

Parasite, Bong Joon-Ho

 

Themes: social inequality, “the impostor syndrome”, alienation, accumulation.

 

Parasite is a South Korean “Dramadie” film directed by Bong Joon-ho. The director is famous for directing and writing the critically acclaimed films “Memories of Murder”, “Okja” and  “Mother”. Parasite is the 2019 recipient of the Palm D'or . A great number of critics consider Parasite the best film of the year.
Set in Seoul, Parasite tells  a story of low-wage income family whose members are facing unemployment and precarious living conditions. One day, the son finds a job as a tutor in a wealthy family home leading his family to infiltrate their the family's household.
The film was selected as the South Korean entry for the the Best Foreign Film category at the Academy Awards.

 

 

BookSmart


Themes: search for the meaning of life, growing up, youth, the search for one's identity.

 

Booksmart is an American coming-of-age film directed by Olivia Wilde. This was the actress first feature film and it receive acclaim from critics.
Booksmart is set on the last days of high school. Two friends, known for being their class valedictorian, realize that they have always lived by the book and haven't ceased, the so called,  “best years” their lives . The party before graduation is the best time to break the rules and break free.
The cast is composed by relatives of Hollywood A-listers: Billie Lourd – daughter of Carrie Fisher (the Eternal Princess Leia) and  Beanie Feldstein – Jonah Hill's sister (Superbad anyone??!!).

 

 

Written by João Pereira

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