Black Girls Prepare to Embrace Curiosity? Zoe's CIFF Picks
Every year since I can remember, I’ve created a movie watch-list for the Cleveland International Film Festival. 2018 is no different.
Members of CIFF got access to the online program guide a week before the hard copy hit the streets. I spent time last Saturday picking my movies online. I then stopped by Mitchell’s Ice Cream this past Monday to grab a few copies of the program guide and enjoy a free scoop of a fav - lemon black raspberry frozen yogurt. Thanks, CIFF.
The program guide is nostalgic, reminding me of my early festival days, before the Internet was everything when I’d snuggle up with a hot beverage, a pen, and paper to map out my movie watch-list.
While it’s a must to have a few program guides on hand, nothing compares to the online version that makes scheduling a watch-list a cinch.
One. Most movies now have Youtube or Vimeo trailers directly in the guide, subtitles to boot.Trailer watching creates an anticipation that tickles my curiosity. It’s one of my favorite things to do before the festival.
Two. Movies are categorized in several ways, making the hunt convenient. I lean toward Sidebars.
Three. Speaking of convenient, with a click of a button you can create an instant watch-list and purchase your tickets. (Online tickets include a surcharge so consider going to Tower City to buy them in person. Oh and members get a discount on their tickets so think about joining before buying.)
⚠️My CIFF42 Picks
I love a movie with a plot twist and some thrill. Dark comedy is good, but not too silly. I’m open to exploring movies from just about anywhere, but not ones that are too abstract. I have to be in a certain headspace to watch documentaries, but there are a few that intrigue me. Most important, I’m way fond of movies with dialogue displayed at the bottom of the screen.
My list is in alphabetical order with country or countries of origin and not language. I also included their Sidebars sub-category.
A Day | South Korea | Sidebars: After Hours & Pan-Asian Cinema
Ask the Sexpert* | USA | Sidebar: Pan-Asian Cinema
Blue My Mind | Switzerland | Sidebar: After Hours
Disappearance | Netherlands, Norway | Nordic Adventure
Handia | Spain | Sidebar: Cinema en Espanol
I Am Not A Witch | UK, France, Zambia, Germany | Sidebars: African Diaspora & Women of the World
In Syria | Belgium | Sidebar: Voices of the Arab World
In the Shadows | India, Germany, UK | Sidebar: Pan-Asian Cinema
Killing Jesus | Columbian, Argentina | Sidebar: Cinema en Espanol
La Familia | Venezuela, Chile, Norway | Sidebar: Cinema en Espanol
Marlina the Murder in Four Acts | Indonesia, France, Malaysia,Thailand | Sidebars: After Hours, Pan-Asian Cinema, Women of the World
Newton | India | Sidebar: Pan-Asian Cinema
Shelter | Israel,German | Sidebar: Jewish and Isreali Vision & Voices of the Arab World
Spoor | Poland, Slovakia, Germany, Czech, Sweden | Sidebar: After Hours
The Judge | Palestine, USA | Sidebars: Voices of the Arab World & Women of the World
Tigers are not Afraid | Mexico | Sidebars: After Hours & Cinema en Espanol (#1 PICK)
What Will People Say | Norway, Germany, Sweden | Sidebar: Nordic Adventures & Pan-Asian Cinema
There are more that I’d love to see, but I’ll stop here. I probably won’t, of course, get to see all of these, so I’ll be on the lookout for them at Cedar-Lee or Capitol Theatre during the rest of the year.
I’m sure there’ll be other great films screened at CIFF where people speak English. Unfortunately, I won’t see any of them let alone add them to my watchlist. (Disclaimer: British, Canadian, and Australian English films count as foreign to me, even though I can understand most of what is being said.)
Sorry, not sorry.
Check out our past posts about CIFF, especially if you’re a film festival newbie. Shana and I offer helpful tips to make the most of your festival experience.
Now, go and enjoy the festival this year! And include at least one movie with dialogue at the bottom of the screen from a country other than the one you’re from. Let us know what you plan to see and maybe we will catch you there! Vive la cinema international! Vive la CIFF!