Film of the Week: ‘Next Floor’ by Denis Villeneuve

To celebrate the release of Sicario – the new release from acclaimed filmmaker Denis Villeneuve – in Australian cinemas this week, our pick of the week is ‘Next Floor’.

‘Next Floor’ is the 2008 Short Film from Denis Villeneuve and it picked him up the ‘Best Short Film’ at International Critics’ Week in Cannes. It really is a joy to watch. A captivating absurdist concept, realised with masterful execution. If you haven’t seen the cinema of Villeneuve prior to this short, you will be sorting them out soon after.

Don’t forget! Kino Sydney has a new film review website: THE KINO REVIEWS. Film reviews by filmmakers, for filmmakers – with every review discussing what filmmakers could takeaway for their own films. We took a look at Sicario earlier this week.

Film of the week: ‘Serenade’ by Brian Fairbairn

‘Serenade’ by Brian Fairbairn is a great example of how a simple film, done with limited time and resources, can still have a bold impact. A great script, a powerful performance, and the right single location (in this case the CTA Building in Martin Place) can lend itself to be an engaging and captivating piece.

‘Serenade’ –  a Kino Sydney film performed in German – also highlights the rewarding process involved in producing a film in a foreign language.

Film of the Week: ‘Moon Priestess’ by Katty Laguette

‘Moon Priestess’ is a short experimental and stop motion animation from artist and Kino filmmaker Katty Laguette. Using 170 images to create a visual artwork, Laguette produced this film in only 32 hours with the help of fellow filmmakers met through Kino Maurice (Mauritius). The film certainly begs the question of what artistic techniques Kino Sydney filmmakers could employ for their next film?

Kino Maurice is a reminder that Kino Sydney isn’t alone in the world! But part of a filmmaking community that reaches around the world, with Kino cells on every populated continent, and some islands! Kino Maurice held a Kabaret earlier this year, bringing local filmmakers together and challenging them to work together, exchange ideas, and produce short films in only 32 hours.