Posting this a few hours early, as I’ll be in the cinema later on today.
  • 캐릭터 (Kae-rik-teo/Characters, 2011. Select “Teaser” link for trailer.)
    – Directed by Son Kwang-ju.  Release date for South Korea is November 17. A reviewer at hancinema.net describes it as “a postmodern metafilm” – sounds like my cup of tea! The screenshots also promise interesting cinematography. Characters already screened at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and at the Jeonju International Film Festival.
  • カラフル (Colorful, 2010, trailer not subtitled. Note: You can find trailers subtitled in French and Italian on the net.) – An award-winning anime directed by Hara Keiichi. Hara previously worked in different roles (direction, storyboard, screenplay), but mostly on anime series. After 河童のクゥと夏休み (Kappa no Kū to Natsuyasumi/Summer Days with Coo, 2007), Colorful is his second film project. The intriguing plot line: “[A] dejected soul is informed that he is ‘lucky’ and will have another chance at life. He is placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Makoto Kobayashi, who has just committed suicide” – not very Disney, but that’s why I like it.
    I am not sure when/if this film will be released in UK cinemas (although it did recently screen at festivals in Leeds and Edinburgh). For nationwide release in France, check Kazé. Special thanks to himonogirl for bringing this animation to my attention.
  • הערת שוליים‎‎ (Hearat Shulayim/Footnote, 2011) – Israel’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards. Footnote won Best Screenplay Award at this year’s the Cannes Film Festival. Telling the tragicomic story of two scholars, father and son, and their rivalry, it promises humour but also explores some profound questions as the elder scholar, long forgotten in academic circles, is awarded Israel’s most coveted prize instead of his son by mistake. Is truth more important? Or family?
  • Being Flynn (USA, 2012) – Paul Dano, the older brother that refuses to speak in Little Miss Sunshine, stars in this. Plus Robert De Niro and Olivia Thirlby (Juno).