FRAULEIN

Award-winner about three women from the former Yugoslavia. Serbian Ruza (Karanovic) has built a new life for herself in Zurich. Mila (Jovic) works for Ruza, but plans to return to Croatia. Ana (Skaricic aka “the Fraulein”) arrives from Sarajevo & shakes up the mix. Excellent film about exile & the search for “home.” Not [yet]…

FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING

Sturgess is terrific in film inspired by Martin McGartland’s autobiography about life as an informer for the British during the “Troubles” in Northern Ireland in the late ’80s. Skogland doesn’t hide any of the horrific violence on both sides, but she excels at depicting the even more heart-breaking emotional consequences. Click HERE for FF2 haiku.

ELEGY

ELEGY

New adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel The Dying Animal succeeds in capturing the author’s humanity.  Excellent cast is headlined by Ben Kingsley as “David Kepesh” (a serial seducer who becomes obsessed with a beautiful young woman) and Penelope Cruz as “Consuela” (someone longing for safe harbor after disappointments of her own).  Dennis Hopper is cast…

FROZEN RIVER

FROZEN RIVER

Two women, one white (Melissa Leo) and one Native American (Misty Upham), form an unlikely bond in perilous circumstances, smuggling illegal immigrants across the frozen St. Lawrence River in the dead of winter.  Filmmaker Courtney Hunt’s first feature won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.  The Hot Pink Pen agrees: Frozen…