directed by Pablo Larraín
Brilliant telling of one of the most fascinating political revolutions in recent history. It's shot with a retro 'home movie' look that makes the action look just like the archival footage and clips from the 80s. The ongoing personal drama of Gael Garcia Bernal's character never really works, but everything else is captivating and fun to watch.
Paradise: Love (Paradies: Leibe)
directed by Ulrich Siedl
Siedl certainly has a unique provocative style. Straddling the line between side-show oddity and unflinching drama, it's a funny yet sad tale of loneliness and exploitation that is almost guaranteed to make the viewer uncomfortable more than once. One scene in particular caused the most walk outs I've seen at the festival to date. Brave acting but not exactly exceptional, and the characters are purposely unlikeable. Still its enough to make me curious about the rest of the trilogy.
directed by Sara Blecher
It has an interesting premise (black surfers near the end of apartheid South Africa), but the acting and the heightened melodrama come across as trying too hard and are never quite convincing. Still, the actual surfing footage and in-water camera work are impressive, and it has the most memorable opening and closing credits sequences I've seen so far.
directed by Manon Briand
A crowd pleasing, French New Wave inspired, romantic comedy from Quebec. This one received the loudest and most sustained applause so far. Cool soundtrack, quite funny at times, and there's some on-the-mark commentary about today's technologically connected society. However, it relies too much on silly cliches, generic music cues, and contrived plot developments. Also, the lead actress has a very childlike voice takes some getting used to.
The Hunt (Jagten)
directed by Thomas Vinterberg
A brilliant and highly unsettling return to form from Thomas Vinterberg, and another powerhouse performance from Mads Mikkelsen who gets amazing support from the rest of the cast. The harrowing story unfolds with great precision and the camera work is stellar, capturing all the right details and emotions along the way to pull the audience's strings without it feeling forced. Don't miss this, it's one of the best films of the year.