“Sworn Virgin” by Laura Bispuri (Italy, 2015)


Sworn Virgin

Interesting debut feature that tells the story of two women who escape “the gender-imposed hardships of their native culture,” [Godfrey Cheshire] one by fleeing an imposed marriage, the other by becoming a ‘sworn virgin,’ status that allows her to live her life like if she was a man, except for the fact that she may not have sex.

Cast: Alba Rohrwacher, Emily Ferratello, Lars Eidinger, Flonja Kodheli, Luan Jaha, Bruno Shllaku, Ilire Vinca Celaj
Director: Laura Bispuri
Writer: Elvira Dones
Writer: Laura Bispuri, Francesca Manieri
Cinematographer: Vladan Radovic
Editor: Carlotta Cristiani, Jacopo Quadri


“Shattered” by Natasha Kermani (USA, 2017)


First feature / The soundtrack transforms a bad script into a very weak movie.

Cast: Ray Wise, Molly Burnett, Arianne Zucker
Director: Natasha Kermani
Writers: Paul Leach, Nicholas Celozzi
Music by David Siebels
Cinematography by Alex Vendler
Film Editing by Richard Nord

“The Divine Order” by Petra Volpe (Switzerland, 2017)

The Divine Order

Wrong music! A bit to conventional.

Cast: Marie Leuenberger, Maximilian Simonischek, Marta Zoffoli, Bettina Stucky, Rachel Braunschweig, Sibylle Brunner, Noe Krejcí, Finn Sutter
Director: Petra Biondina Volpe
Writer: Petra Biondina Volpe
Cinematographer: Judith Kaufmann
Editor: Hansjörg Weißbrich
Composer: Annette Focks

Paula Van Der Oest, director (4): “Black Butterflies” (NL, 2011)

Black Butterflies

Contrary to A Quiet Passion that depicts the life of a poet (Emily Dickinson) who controls her words and the passion that inhabits her with excessive resolve, Black Butterflies pictures the South African poet Ingrid Jonker as a woman overwhelmed by the love and words that flow from her. SPOILER AHEAD: After several break-downs, her life finally ends at the feet of her father who implacably rejected her and the people she lent her voice to.

Actors: Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham, Rutger Hauer
Director: Paula van der Oest
Writer: Greg Latter
Music by Philip Miller
Cinematography by Giulio Biccari
Film Editing by Sander Vos

“A Quiet Passion” (Terence Davies, USA 2016)

A Quiet Passion

The periods succeed each other without indication of a transition in time. The pace in the end becomes ever so slow and the rich but affected dialogues sound unnatural. However, the extraordinary poems of Emily Dickinson enlighten the movie.

Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Duncan Duff, Keith Carradine, Jodhi May
Director: Terence Davies
Writer: Terence Davies
Cinematographer: Florian Hoffmeister
Editor: Pia Di Ciaula