Movie of Day: Laila in Haifa (2020) by Amos Gitai

Laila In Haifa is set over one fateful night in a club in the port town of Haifa and explores the interweaving stories of five women. The film aims to present a snapshot of contemporary life in one of the last remaining spaces where Israelis and Palestinians come together to engage in face-to-face relationships. 2 Nominations Venice Film Festival 2020. Link Review: https://cineuropa.org/en/newsdetail/392457/. Link to watch: available during Other Israel Film Festival 3-10 December: https://watch.eventive.org/otherisrael/play/5f8f3740d0741e29811e9b54

Movie of Day: Lessons of Love (2019) by Chiara Campara

Yuri’s 30 and he’s never had a girlfriend. Together with his father, he runs the last farm left in a small mountain village, but he has never resigned himself to a solitary life. His love for Agata, a girl he met in a strip club, is the decisive push that takes him away from a world he knows only too well but hasn’t really chosen. Yuri tries to rebuild his life in the plains in the hope of finding the right dimension for himself and for Agata, but the choice of a new life involves sacrifices that he is not able – or does not want – to make to the end. Link Review: https://www.dmovies.org/2020/12/01/lessons-of-love/. Link to watch: available during ArteKIno festival 1-31 December: https://www.artekinofestival.com/film/lessons-of-love/by/festival-section-11

Movie of Day: Thrashers (2019) by Michael Wild

After losing her job and her antidepressants, Emma is forced to wake up to the world around her. Meanwhile, Chlöe orders car rides nowhere, hoping the drivers will know where she’s going. Link to watch: https://www.amazon.com/Thrashers-MacGregor-Arney/dp/B08G6NH6TD/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=thrashers&qid=1606879734&s=movies-tv&sr=1-1, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Thrashers-Amber-Quinn/dp/B08L9XVD8F/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=thrashers&qid=1606879766&s=instant-video&sr=1-1

Movie of Day: 18 to Party (2020) by Jeff Roda

It’s 1984 and outside a small-town nightclub, a group of 8th graders gather, grappling with a spate of recent suicides, UFO sightings, their absentee parents, and each other. Winner Florida Film Festival 2020. Link Review: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/18-to-party-movie-review-2020. Link to watch: https://www.amazon.com/18-Party-Alivia-Clark/dp/B08LR34VC1/ref=sr_1_10?dchild=1&keywords=18+to+Party&qid=1606879305&sr=8-10, https://www.amazon.co.uk/18-Party-Alivia-Clark/dp/B08LR44ZHH/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=18+to+party&qid=1606879421&s=instant-video&sr=1-1

Movie of Day: Black Light (2020) by Jong-dae Bae

A collision occurs between two cars on a busy road. One man dies, the other goes into a coma. An investigation into the crash concludes that the dead man was at fault. Racked with guilt, the dead man’s widow Hee-ju struggles to move on with her life. But when she discovers that the man in a coma had tried to kill himself before the accident occurred, she begins to suspect that he might have have caused the crash on purpose and her husband was innocent after all. She starts to reinvestigate the events. Link Review: https://asianmoviepulse.com/2020/11/film-review-black-light-2020-by-bae-jong-dae/. Link to watch: available during International Film Festival Awards 3-8 December: https://www.iffamacao.com/films/international-competition/black-light/

Movie of Day: Spring Blossom (2020) by Suzanne Lindon

A 16 year old girl, bored with her own age group, becomes involved with an older man at a theater she passes. An intense evocation of teenage infatuation, Spring Blossom is all the more effective because it was written by a 15 year-old girl – director and star Suzanne Lindon (daughter of Vincent), who eventually made this film at the age of 20. 9 Nominations international film festivals in 2020. Link Review: https://www.indiewire.com/2020/09/spring-blossom-review-suzanne-lindon-1234586472/. Link to watch: available during International Film Festivals Awards 5-8 December: https://www.iffamacao.com/films/international-competition/spring-blossom/

Movie of Day: Giraffe (2019) by Anna Sofie Hartmann

A finely observed burgeoning romance is set against a rapidly changing landscape in Anna Sofie Hartmann’s spare and humane portrait of the dissolving boundaries of our ever more globalized world. Giraffe follows an ethnologist in her late thirties (Lisa Loven Kongsli) who has come to the remote island of Lolland in the south of Denmark. She’s here to study its inhabitants and record their traditions and objects before their homes are demolished to make way for a tunnel linking to Germany. Unexpectedly, she meets an attractive younger man (Jakub Gierszal), a laborer who’s been hired from Poland. Their beautifully etched love affair functions as the fictional centerpiece of an otherwise documentary-like exploration of belonging, memory, and work, featuring the island’s real inhabitants, whose way of life is about to change forever. Winner Viennale 2019, 3 nominations major international film festivals. Link Review: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/aug/07/giraffe-review-lisa-loven-kongsli. Link to watch: available 9-20 December during New Directors/ New Films Festival: https://virtual.filmlinc.org/film/giraffe/