Film Festival

CIFF 40

Film Reviews

Collective: Unconscious

Nick Lotz

​I won’t go into each of the vignettes specifically as it would sort of spoil the surprise, but the reader should probably know that there’s everything ranging from an experimental feminist piece on post-partum depression to a racially charged, morbidly humorous depiction of the Grim Reaper’s harvesting of souls.

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Endorphine

Nick Lotz

​It’s these details that made Endorphine stand out as my favorite film of the festival. Running at about an hour and a half, the film never drags, lingers, or overly explain itself. 

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House of Time

Lisa Sanchez

​Considering House of Time’s beautiful, isolated setting, the character’s nonplussed attitudes, and the implied pointlessness of the film’s action, House of Time is decidedly the most “French” movie I’ve ever seen in my life.

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Office

Nick Lotz

​As part of Cleveland International Film Festival's "After Hours" selection, there is some pretty hardcore gore in this movie. Which, if you’re anything like me, you’re thinking “awesome!”

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Kafka's The Burrow

Nick Lotz

​90% of the dialogue in this visually masterful film is an indecipherable conversation a man is having with himself as his mental health slowly deteriorates. 

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Bunny the Killer Thing

Nick Lotz

Bunny The Killer Thing is a horrible, horrible movie. Don’t take your mother to it. Don’t take your girlfriend to it. Do get really wasted at the Horseshoe Casino with your buddies and go watch it while lit so you can laugh your ass off.

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The 4th

Nick Lotz​

Are people superficial assholes in LA? Yes. Yes they are. Watch this movie and you’ll understand why (and why its alright).

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Heil

Nick Lotz

​Some of the humor might be lost on those less traveled as it plays up prim and prejudiced European attitudes toward race quite a bit, but the wackiness never subsides enough for a laugh to be lost in the audience. 

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I Promise You Anarchy

Lisa Sanchez

The most disappointing thing about "I Promise You Anarchy" is that nothing came to fruition. It picks you up and drops you into unknown territory without answering any of the aching questions set up throughout the film.

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Closing Ceremonies

Nick Lotz

​For the reader, if you did not attend this year, I implore you to attend the 41st CIFF. Festival films are hard to come by. Nine times out of ten, the only place to watch them is, well, a festival. However, I can say without a doubt that every single film I watched at CIFF 40 was of incredible quality, and never lacking in fun.

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​Independent Film Production Panel

Nick Lotz

I attended an Independent Film Production Panel. I recorded it. I refuse to transcribe it in its entirety, as transcribing is a tedious and arduous process for even the most accomplished of journalist. Instead, I’ve condensed what each filmmaker said down to easy to navigate paraphrased bites of dialogue. Hate me if you will, but thank me later, because the advice these five filmmakers provide to those aspiring to work in the industry is invaluable. So, I repeat, these are not direct quotations and do not treat them as such, yah dig?

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CIFF 40: A Preview

Chad W. Lutz

​Each year, a small city’s worth of people makes the trek to The Forest City to watch films made by directors and actors from the far reaches of the planet. It’s become one of Cleveland’s timeless treasures, and entering into its fifth decade of existence, the Cleveland International Film Festival is still just as entertaining as it is inspirational and captivating all these years later.

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Opening Night Gala

Chad W. Lutz

​It’s the kind of thing that never gets old and always looks good on a city. I’m talking, of course, about a party.

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