high priority, of those 24 films I caught 15 of them. In order to give a fair amount of coverage to the 15 films viewed across five (5) days, I've broke my festival coverage down by day(s) including a brief review of each feature.
directed by Yann Demange
Speaking of an impossible situation, Yann Demange delivers the goods once our new recruit and his unit are launched into the middle of unstable Belfast, Ireland. Like the unit, the audience is tossed into a very unsafe situation that goes downhill in a real hurry. Demange is unafraid showing his viewers the stakes in Ireland during this historical location. Families on the front lines willing to die for what they believed in. A far cry from the apathy we see here in the States today. You quickly begin asking yourself, how is anyone supposed to keep the peace under these circumstances? All the while reminding yourself, this is the unit's first day assigned in Belfast.
The performances throughout '71 do a fine job of elevating the already powerful report. Jack O'Connell brings his A game to the portrayal of a new recruit abandoned by his unit in the middle of divided Belfast. It helps that our fugitive is being chased by a number of menacing performances including the always venomous Sean Harris. Conclusively, '71 is an intense portrait that carries its audience through a very graceless period of Irish history.
directed by Quentin Dupieux
GOODNIGHT MOMMY (ICH SEH ICH SEH)
directed by Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala
That's a wrap on my coverage from Day Three at AFI FEST 2014. Here's my coverage from Day One (here) and Day Two (here) in case you missed it. Stay tuned for more from AFI FEST 2014...