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/

Movie of Day: Still the water (2020) by Susan Rodgers

Three young men from a dysfunctional family background reunite in Malpeque, Prince Edward Island dredging up unresolved issues from the past. Jordie is a semi-pro hockey player who got fired from his team, presumably for fighting, and returns aimlessly to his hometown. He is the prodigal son with anger and resentment issues that have eaten away at his adult self. Jordie meets his brothers Nicky and Noah, and an ailing alcoholic father, who abused the family growing up. His brothers seem to have made more peace with their shared past, but Jordie just can’t seem to move on. Link Review: https://parkerandpictures.wordpress.com/2020/09/19/fin-stream-review-still-the-water-is-tonally-off-kilter-but-offers-a-ton-of-emotional-resonance/. Link to watch: available 1-20 December at Whistler Film Festival: https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/films/film/?id=5f8b79456ff05700233d9bec

Movie of Day: All-in Madonna (2020) by Arnold Lim

Maddie is a seventeen year-old teenager who has been homeschooled since childhood. Maddie has been raised with her younger sister by a rather hard-edged father Paul in a remote rural area in a rainforest. When she insists that the time has come to attend public school and make friends, she finds that her father’s warnings that it will not be so easy start to make sense. The community seems to have a rather negative view of Maddie’s family, and seems to believe that Paul has been involved in a murder. Maddie is forced to look at her father in a whole new way, and must reconcile the man she thought she knew with the man that he might well be. Link to watch: https://watch.whistlerfilmfestival.com/whistlerfilmfestival/play/5f97b028455d5001172a0d42.

Movie of Day: Sugar Dady (2020) by Wendy Morgan

Darren is a wickedly talented and unconventional young musician who dreams of making music like nobody has ever heard before. But she’s broke, juggling multiple part-time jobs, and has no time to create. Desperate for cash, she signs up to a sugar daddy paid-dating website and throws herself down a dark rabbit hole that forces her to grow up fast, shaping her music, and how she sees the world. Link Review: https://awfj.org/female-gaze/2020/11/23/whistler-film-festival-filmmaker-interview-wendy-morgan-on-sugar-daddy/. Link to watch: available 1-20 December at Whistler Film Festival: https://watch.whistlerfilmfestival.com/whistlerfilmfestival/play/5f97afe431e31e0085039462

Movie of Day: Cordelia (2020) by Adrian Shergold

A dark and unsettling psychologlical thriller, Cordelia stars Antonia Campbell Hughes as a young woman living in London with her identical twin who, left alone for the weekend, begins to unravel as her upstairs neighbour Frank (Johnny Flynn) inveigles himself into her life. Link Review: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/oct/25/cordelia-review-atmospheric-but-uneven-thriller-adrian-shergold. Link to watch: https://www.amazon.com/Cordelia-Antonia-Campbell-Hughes/dp/B08M25SCBJ/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=cordelia&qid=1606782627&sr=8-3

Movie of Day: Disco (2020) by Jorunn Myklebust Syversen

19-year-old Mirjam is a champion in disco freestyle dancer and the stepdaughter of a charismatic evangelical pastor. As she starts to question her family and faith, she is lured by a highly conservative Christian sect. 2 wins & 9 nominations international film festivals. Link Review: https://www.nfi.no/eng/film?name=disco&id=1994. Link to watch: https://www.amazon.com/Disco-Josefine-Frida/dp/B08NFKT543/ref=sr_1_8?dchild=1&keywords=disco&qid=1606782359&sr=8-8