As said in the festival program preview, “the line between documentary and fiction are in flux,” and that is what can be fully embraced and proved with Saturday’s festival program.
The cinema was full with eager festivalgoers, re-reading the program in the foyer before they head to the next movie. The cartoon screen keeps the smallest audience members busy, reminding that the festival has wide offer also for the children as well.
First I saw a Norwegian documentary movie, Mammas Drøm, which brilliantly reveals the lives of three women generations from one family. Originally intended as a daughter’s (film director Mali Finborud Nøren) documentary about her mother and encouragement for her to fulfill her dream of becoming an artist, the film, besides showing very personal experience, reveals also general human experiences. The director shows how her mom is trapped between her everyday reality – house and children, but mainly, the fear of not being perfect or failing, and a struggle to fulfill her dreams. Do dreams ever expire? Or they just wait for us to gather the courage and thus are time-resistant? The author, by revealing the lives and struggles of her mother and grandmother, reveals also her own biography as a mother and filmmaker.
The second film yesterday, Det vita folket, by Swedish director Lisa Aschan hits right in the middle of today’s burning issues by showing an imaginary, yet real prison environment in which people are held before being sent back to their countries/places of origin, even though they might not exist. The snowy environment indicates that action takes place in a Nordic environment, and nowadays. The rest is open to interpretation – why and how long the people will be held in this prison – like an institution, and how they will deal with the existing circumstances. The line between prisoners and guards is fragile, and the same applies to race, ethnicity, right or wrong, the movie makes it very clear with the last scene.
Today is the last day of the festival, and I am looking forward to seeing several movies. I would suggest to see the highly acclaimed and scarily beautiful drama The Lobster (by Yorgos Lanthimos), which tells the unordinary story of love and survival, where the ability to fall in love can be life saving. Mountain (by Yaelle Kayam) is dealing with a topic of relationships, intermingled with culture and religion of an orthodox Jewish society. Also, Box (by director Florin Serban) is worth seeing, and this movie tells the story about a married actress and young boxer. They both experience a difficult time in their lives, and their stories cross. See, how!
And, if you want to know how the Kosmorama audience has rated the movies until now, stop by Nova and check the screen behind the ticket counter to see! Enjoy the last day of Kosmorama 2016!
Words by Zane Datava