Well folks 2020 is only got a few days left before it finally ends. It’s a year we may want to forget, but today we wanted to remember. This morning we recorded Episode 137 of The Outside Centre Film Podcast, the 2020 films of the year edition. Myself, Podcast host Theo Neuman and Ben Woodwiss all had a chat about our favourite films we reviewed the year. We all picked 3 films from the ones we reviewed over the year but which one became the winner?
As it’s a special episode it is also double length episode, perfect pass time for these Covid-19 lockdown days…
Norwegian film Beware of Children traces the dramatic aftermath of a tragic event in a middle class suburb of Oslo. During a break in school 13 year-old Lykke, the daughter of a prominent Labour Party member, seriously injures her classmate Jamie, the son of a high profile right-wing politician.
Over the border in Onkel (Uncle) Kris, living with her uncle since her teenage years, is starting to second guess her current life, at her disabled uncles farm. As love crosses her path, a possible life changing question emerges.
Polish film Supernova Three men, one place and one event that will change the life of each one of them.
In Angolan drama Air Conditioner, When the air-conditioners mysteriously start to fall in city of Luanda, Matacedo (security guard) and Zezinha (housemaid) have the mission of retrieving their boss’s ac.
In Russian Post war drama Beanpole, it’s 1945, Leningrad. World War II has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women, Iya and Masha, search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.
In Sweden, The master of mirthful melancholy returns with the Venice Film Festival award-winning rumination on what it means to be human. With its omniscient narration – a soothing female voice introducing a series of characters who live in Stockholm, Roy Andersson’s film continues the unique style that he perfected in his series of comic masterpieces ‘Songs From the Second Floor’, ‘You, the Living’ and ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. (All available on Curzon Home Cinema.) Blending wry comedy with moments of pathos, Andersson’s film builds up a portrait of lives past and present wishing to find meaning in the world and to seek that most elusive of things: happiness. What’s so extraordinary about Andersson’s cinema is that where some filmmakers might produce dark and troubling dramas, Andersson produces work of comic brilliance and even moments of pure undiluted happiness for which his characters so desperately search.
In Iceland we may have a young pretender to Roy Andersson’s throne in Echo, when everyday life in Iceland around Christmas time: 56 vignettes full of joy, sorrow and thought-provoking situations.
Latvian World War One drama, with The Rifleman. After losing his mother and his home, Arturs finds some consolation in joining the army. However, war is nothing like he imagined.
In Japanese drama And Your Bird Can Sing , A love triangle that captures all the magic and melancholy of a summer, concentrating on the fleeting moments and encounters experienced by its three protagonists.
To listen to those episode click on ‘All Episodes’ link below, for the episodes I’m on links are below too…