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The International Film Festival of Wales 2015

iffw-2015The Gwyn Hall in Neath will be home to The International Film Festival of Wales again this year…

Find out more about the festival on the Gwyn Hall Website IFFW 2015 page

Audience Reaction: Force Majeure

The audience gave tonight’s film ‘Force Majeure‘ a score of 50.78%.

Here are their comments:

  • Bit slow, but v. Bergmanesque & sinister. Show more Swedish films!
    Well worth showing. Poor Thomas! Why the bus ending. I won’t be going on a skiing holiday.
  • Humorous, poignant, off-beam, Nordic!
  • My perception of the film was coloured by the fact I cannot see any attraction to skiing or staying in hotels or being with the people in the film. Either the married people or the single people or the adulterous couple. I just couldn’t relate to any of it at all.
  • Different: Slow. Colourless. Humour-good. Thought provoking.
  • A bit slow, but worth seeing.
  • People in a mid-life crisis!
  • A few fine moments with humour… Interesting thoughts on relationships but overall it didn’t really work for me!
  • An odd film but think I enjoyed.
  • 6/10
  • Overlong – chilling in places and some bold statements about family + relationships – but uneven.
  • Boring and tedious. The underlying plot was sound but the screenplay didn’t do it justice.

Audience Reaction: A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence

The audience gave the film ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence‘ a score of 24%.

Here are the comments:

  • Poor choice made film night not a good choice.
  • Started promisingly with very black humour, but after a while the joke wore off and it just became frustrating. Some excellent composition and some stand out moments à la Bunuel, Beckett and even The League of Gentlemen. But overlong and perhaps too alienating.
  • I think I can say that was the strangest film I have ever seen at PFC. I will remember it though. Lottas sko i Göteborg (1943) – you had to be there…
  • A surreal slant on humanity.
  • Loved it!
  • Not quite sure what I’ve just watched?
  • How on earth did this film win the Golden Lion?
  • Not much on the TV.
  • ???
  • What was that all about then eh?
  • Bizzare! + Beige very Swedish.
  • Lost 2 hrs of my life.
  • A series of surreal pastiches portraying humanity in a mostly sad and sorry state with whiffs of Python-style humour. You probably won’t come out feeling happy!

Audience Reaction – ‘Wild Tales’

The audience gave the film ‘Wild Tales‘ a score of 83.59%

Here are the comments:

  • Entertaining, felt like it could all really happen!
  • Very exuberant, fast moving and funny. I didn’t especially like the violence, but it was in keeping with the tone of the film. Excellent.
  • One of the best films I’ve seen so far. Love Dynamite Man and the passionate wedding.
  • Sums up my life!
  • Vengeance is sweet! An explosive film! Well made film.
  • A racy, pacey gallop through the jungle of human emotion – very enjoyable and funny!
  • Funny, smart, well made with salutary sub-text
  • Grotesquely amusing, very good.
  • Funniest thing I have seen in ages! Excellent!
  • Certainly wild! Really enjoyed.
  • Entertaining, often predictable twists. Suspend belief and have a laugh.

 

Audience Reaction – ‘Difret’

The audience gave the film ‘Difret‘ a score of 87.5%

Several members of the audience asked what did ‘Difret’ mean? The film’s website (www.difret.com) explains the film’s title: In the Amharic language, the word ‘difret’ has a double meaning. In its widest use it means courage and the closest English translation means ‘to dare.’ But in Amharic, it also has a double-entendre that means ‘the act of being raped.’

Comments:

  • We  thought it was an excellent film… dreadful scenario, but beautifully filmed. Loved the ‘understated’ quality of the narrative and acting and  so pleased with the ending.  An important film which more people should see.
  • Minde bloowing (sic)
  • Very optimistic movie 🙂
  • This film was so sad but triumphant.
  • Inspiring!
  • A very powerful film. Justice was seen to be done!
  • An important story that needed to be told – moving and powerful.
  • Heart-breaking.
  • A powerful and moving account of how it is possible to change customs, traditions and attitudes.
  • Powerful story especially as true. As film there were incomplete ends – how was Hirut found in city? Who was love interest of lawyer.
  • A powerful film showing well the life of villages in Ethiopia and the constant struggle of women.
  • Very moving and eye opening.
  • Interesting, great photography.

Audience Reaction – Leviathan

The audience gave the film ‘Leviathan‘ a score of 75.83%

Here are the comments:

  • Might we see a Hollywood remake? The little guy wins in the end, the weather is fine throughout and the alcohol produced benefits from some serious product placement.
  • The first 2 or 3 minutes set the tne for the whole film: moving from outside to an interior, we see a bedroom; specifically 2 bedside lamps. They are versions of Brancusi’s ‘Endless Column’, itself a wonderful metaphor for home, connecting the earth (us) with heaven (God). However they are only visible in the dark, only exist when the electricity is switched on. And the power supply is controlled by the state apparatus in which includes the church.
  • Brilliant film. Shame first half had drums playing in background. No more films on Monday.
  • Magnificent. What film making is all about.
  • First Russian film I have seen plot of corruption. We need a people’s revolution. Russia brought up on vodka it seems. Enjoyable film.
  • Bleak. The landscape was as desolate as the story.
  • Brilliant acting. Great to see a film from a different culture, not steeped in modern Western values.
  • Disappointing. Was Dimitri corrupted too? Must have been. Wonderful scenery.
  • Well acted and interesting story, but a bit too heavy going to be enjoyable.

Audience Reaction – ‘In Order of Disappearance’

The audience gave ‘In Order of Disappearance‘ a score of 87%

Here are the comments:

  • Good fun, well made.
  • Brilliant. Good fun, chicken wire, Aberdulais Falls, I can think of someone.
  • Not usually my cup of tea. However – great! The Count (a new Dracula) was wonderfully mad + evil. Dad’s Rule [sic]
  • Best Psychopath I’ve seen!
  • I was gripped throughout and loved the characterisation of the different protagonists.
  • Sooooo funny!
  • Brilliant to see Nordic film.
  • It took a while to realise that this was a COMEDY film – but once that became clear it was very enjoyable. Some fine dry humour in the performances. If this is typical, we should have more from Norway.
  • Fantastic scenery great humour in dialogue but overall not quite funny enough.