The annual international film festival of documentary, short, animated and experimental films “Message to Man”, which will be held from September 15 to 22, 2017 in St. Petersburg for the 27th time, has announced the competition programs.
We (Allan Berg and I) have seen five of the ten films in the full-length international competition. About “A Modern Man” wrote Allan (in Danish, here a clip, shortened, translated by me): Maybe she (Eva Mulvad, director) wants to build a new modern film style, where the characteristic is, that the film – freed from the literary progressive narration, and freed as well from the journalistic investigative drama – functions on old cinematographic conditions by putting scene by scene next to each other… Only Connect as said English director Lindsay Anderson
“Cameraperson” by Kirsten Johnson is also competing, one of the
most acknowledged documentaries of the last year, no surprise it is here, happily surprised on the other side I am to see Georgian Mariam Chacia with her “Listen to the Silence” (Photo) – after the screening in Leipzig I wrote: …an impressive work by the director and her producer Nik Voigt. It has a wonderful 9 year old boy as the main character. He is deaf, lives in a public school with other deaf kids, that is his world, and this is where his parents come to see him for a very short time before they want to go home again…
And ”Stranger in Paradise” is there, by Guido Hendrikx, got these words on this site: …A chamber play, original and intelligent, unfolds according to (that’s where the documentary part comes in) Dutch and European rules for getting an asylum…
And finally one I have seen but not written about, a graduation film from Zelig film school, by Cecilia Bozza Wolf, ”Vergot” , a strong family and identity drama with two brothers as leading characters.
More information about selected films in the competition categories, check