They say familiarity breeds contempt, which might explain why this year’s Cannes program was one of the worst received in recent memory.
Compared to the concurrent New Taiwanese Cinema, the Kazakh New Wave is an under-exposed movement in cinema, even though many filmmakers associated with it have screened works and won major awards at Cannes, Toronto, Rotterdam, Locarno, and among other film festivals.
Since its foundation in 1954, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen has become one of the most established short film festivals in the world.
When Elias Ribeiro, a Brazilian-born, Cape Town-based producer, came out at 22, his life transformed and his ability to function at all levels became more authentic. “I could breathe once I came out. I think it was the first time [that] I took a full breath of air to my full lung capacity,” Ribeiro says.