Reviews of movies from my giant DVD tower, and more.
My friend Brent has been working and living abroad for years now, and he’s attended film festivals in many of the foreign cities where he’s lived. He picks up free schedule guides for me while he’s there—most of them from the Transilvania International Film Festival in Romania—and sends them my way. Below are three that are part of the Monolith collection.
The oldest edition in my collection is this nightmare-fueled copy from the 2012 Santiago International Film Festival in Chile. The entire guide is printed in Spanish, but titles of entries from the US (Estados Unidos) and the UK (Inglaterra) are in English, which include Moonrise Kingdom, Tyrannosaur, Jack & Diane, and The Deep Blue Sea.
We travel to Cluj-Napoca in Romania for the 2014 Transilvania International Film Festival, where the guide is printed almost entirely in Romanian (except for the occasional warning Film nerecomandat minorilor / This film is not suitable for children). Whereas the previous guide had ads to go along with the daily screening schedule, this one contains only a schedule, but here the film titles are in Romanian and English. Entries from the United States include Blue Ruin, The Trials of Muhammad Ali, Europa Report, and a Bill Plympton animated film called Cheatin’.
The best guide of the bunch, again from the TIFF in Cluj-Napoca, but this time from the 2017 festival. Loaded with screening schedules, ads, and a synopsis for each film. The text is in both Romanian and English, and ads include a special presentation of the Buster Keaton silent The General, dates and times for an Alain Delon screening, and something called Luna Plina, a festival de film horror & fantastic. Films from the US being shown this year include Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces and a documentary called Beware the Slenderman, but there were no ‘big’ titles that I recognized.