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!
ASH IS PURE WHITE, JIA ZHANGKE
Themes: Love, China´s Capitalistic Model, Gang Violence, Passing of Time
Ash Is Pure White is a Chinese drama film directed by Jia Zhangke. It was selected to compete for the Palm d'Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. Its worldwide distribution occurred in 2019.
The film tells a love of story of members of a gang within a time of a range of 16 years – to be precise, from 2001 to 2017. The director based this film on a gang member he personally knew and admired while growing up.
The story is told in a period of social, economic and political transformation in China.
PAIN AND GLORY, PEDRO ALMODÓVAR
Themes: Time Passage, Sickness, Old Loves, Friendship, Coming Of Age
Pain and Glory is the most of Pedro Almodóvar's most autobiographical film to date. It made its international debut at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, where it was selected to compete for the Palm d'Or. Antonio Banderas, the lead actor, took home the “Best Actor” award.
The film tells the story of an aging film director who starts reflecting on the choices he has made throughout his life. As a result, he welcomes us to the poor household in rural Spain he grew up in.
For Pop aficionados here's a little trivia: Rosalia makes a small cameo appearance in the beginning of the film
A HIDDEN LIFE, TERRENCE MALICK
Themes: Meaning Of Life, Conscience, The War, Human Conduct, Nature
The new Terrence Malick film is yet to premiere in cinemas but it has received rave reviews from critics. As a fan of the director's brilliant works – Badlands, Tree of Life, Days of Heaven – I could not ignore this film.
A Hidden Life depicts the life of Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian farmer and devout Catholic who refused to fight for the Nazis in World War II.This figure was later beatified by the Catholic Church.
Watching a Terrence Malick film may not be a walk in the park. It paints the silver screen as a canvas.
Written by João Pereira