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WOW FILM FESTIVAL: THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI + TOMORROW | FILM REVIEW

WOW FILM FESTIVAL: THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI + TOMORROW | FILM REVIEW

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (****) Tomorrow (**) Two films to round off our coverage of Wales One World film festival at Chapter over the weekend. These two are outliers somewhat in the programme; a sweet, funny romance without a mean bone in its body and a fairly routine eco-doc that […]

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WOW FILM FESTIVAL: THOSE WHO JUMP + THE FUTURE PERFECT | FILM REVIEW

WOW FILM FESTIVAL: THOSE WHO JUMP + THE FUTURE PERFECT | FILM REVIEW

Those Who Jump (****) The Future Perfect (****) One emerging theme of Sunday’s edition of WOW Film Festival at Chapter was migration. Given that the festival’s tagline this year is “Voices of Resistance” it’s no surprise; Those Who Jump and The Future Perfect are defiantly eloquent films that portray and depict migrants from their own […]

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WOW FILM FESTIVAL: BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK | FILM REVIEW

WOW FILM FESTIVAL: BY THE TIME IT GETS DARK | FILM REVIEW   The first thing you immediately notice about Anocha Suwichakornpong’s second feature, By The Time It Gets Dark, is that the film is all about the power of the image and how it an be used to explore themes of memory and identity. […]

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WOW FILM FESTIVAL: SHADOW WORLD | FILM REVIEW

WOW FILM FESTIVAL: SHADOW WORLD | FILM REVIEW Based on the book by Andrew Feinstein, a former member of the South African Congress who left after pleas for an investigation into the South African Arms Deal were ignored, Shadow World is a terrifying and timely expose on the global political corruption that has lead to […]

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WOW FILM FESTIVAL: AMBULANCE | FILM REVIEW

WOW FILM FESTIVAL: AMBULANCE | FILM REVIEW

***** Ambulance The first film of Sunday’s edition of WOW Film Festival at Chapter this year was certainly not the easiest film to digest early on a Sunday morning. To say that Mohamed Jabaly’s documentary account of his time spent following an ambulance crew in the Gaza strip during the Israel-Gaza war of 2014 is […]

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WOW FILM FESTIVAL: CLASH | FILM REVIEW

WOW FILM FESTIVAL: CLASH | FILM REVIEW

Of all the films seen so far at this year’s WOW film festival, Mohamed Diab’s Clash is far and above the best I’ve seen. More than that, the director’s thrilling, edge-of-your-seat drama is one of the best films of the year so far. Featuring a high-concept idea that is perfectly executed for the big-screen, the […]

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WOW FILM FESTIVAL: WULU | FILM FESTIVAL

WOW FILM FESTIVAL: WULU | FILM FESTIVAL

Drawing the second night of WOW to a close, Wùlu is easily the most conventional film of the festival so far. Hailing from West Africa, it is a piece of genre filmmaking with Western sensibilities that, whilst put together with style and confidence, doesn’t quite work as a political statement. Ibrahim Koma puts in a […]

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WOW FILM FESTIVAL: THE COLOURS OF THE MOUNTAIN | FILM REVIEW

WOW FILM FESTIVAL: THE COLOURS OF THE MOUNTAIN | FILM REVIEW

Released in 2010, this year WOW film festival has giving its audience an opportunity to see The Colors of The Mountain, a little known drama from Colombia, on the big screen. Whilst its age does show, with the whole thing looking like it was shot in old handheld cameras, it’s a drama that manages to […]

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WOW FILM FESTIVAL: THE BLACK HEN | FILM REVIEW

WOW FILM FESTIVAL: THE BLACK HEN | FILM REVIEW

Getting the second day of the 2017 WOW film festival off to a flying start, Min Bahadur Bam’s The Black Hen is a charming tale of friendship, family and hens in the Himalayas. But whilst the film is truly sweet, the sweetest of the festival so far, it has a tough political undercurrent running beneath […]

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WOW FILM FESTIVAL: NERUDA | FILM REVIEW

WOW FILM FESTIVAL: NERUDA | FILM REVIEW

Closing the opening night of WOW 2017, Pablo Larraín’s fantastical biopic of Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, is a strange little cinematic oddity that I couldn’t help but fall in love with. Whereas most biographical pictures can be quite ordinary and often get bogged down in the truth of the subject, this embraces the poetry and […]