Admittedly, when I think of countries creating brilliant cinema, Turkey is not one of the first countries I think so, but this will change with Mustang. Similar to that of Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides, five sisters are locked inside their house by their uncle and grandmother after they are seen rubbing their legs against boys' necks in the beach. The girls are subjected to virginity tests and systematically married off to local boys with devastating results.
The five females are incredible in this, and worth noting this is the first time any of them have acted in a movie. Gunes Nezihe Sensoy, who plays the youngest sister Lale, in particular has such a strong screen presence, that it would be a shame if we never saw her on the big screen again.
The suspense builds up in this tragic but uplifting story about the suppression of female sexuality by the patriarchy and how in many cultures women are still being seen as just a mother or wife.
The film also boasts a beautiful score by Warren Ellis.
The trailer is in Turkish still but I think you can see the brilliance of the film beyond the language.
Continuing on with last year, the late night screenings at MIFF have proven to be a winner again and top of the list was The Invitation.
Will and Eden were married with a child but after their son's death, they separated. Two years later, Will and a group of friends are reuniting for dinner at Eden's along with her new partner.
Right from the very beginning, the suspense of the story sucked me in and had me feeling very uneasy. Throughout the whole film we are questioning whether Will has legitimate reasons to be suspicious or is he still being haunted by the death of his son. And it's not until the last ten-fifteen minutes where the answer is made clear and things really begin to shake up.
I really enjoyed seeing a film that had a variety of ethnicities portrayed and not just white American folk. It felt so much more authentic this way too, so the suspense created was even more intense. Emayatzy Corinealdi is superb as Will's new girlfriend Kira, as were Mike Doyle and Michelle Krusiec.
The final shot is pure genius and the ramifications of that evenings events are fully felt.
Unfortunately, there is no online trailer, so you'll have to make do with the image below and an interview with its Director Karyn Kusama.
The third and final documentary in my top ten, and from the very first scene I fell in love with How To Dance In Ohio. The film looks at a group of people on the cusp of adulthood who happen to also be on the higher functioning end of autism.
And the rest:
Tyke Elephant Outlaw
Life Kills Me
Our Little Sister
My Skinny Sister
The Diary of a Teenage Girl
These Are The Rules
Me And Earl And the Dying Girl
Do I Sound Gay?
The Smell of Us
Two Shots Fired
Partners in Crime
In The Basement