Manos Sucias (Josef Wladyka, 2014): USA / Colombia

Reviewed by Gorkem Erdogan. Viewed at the AFIFest 2014.

The film directed by Josef Wladyka tells us a story of 30-something fisherman, Jacobo (Jarlin Martinez), and a young man, Delio (Cristian Advincula), attempting to traffic drug up to pacific coast of Colombia. They carry a torpedo filled with large amounts of drugs but after an unfortunate incident they must figure out how to get out of this situation. The film was shot in and around Buenaventura surrounding by natural beauties. Even though this was the first shooting experience of Jarlin Martinez (Jacobo) and Cristian Advincula (Delio), their performance is so good. The music used through the film is local musics of Colombia and make the audience feel like inside the film. AFI Fext 2014 has great films this year but ‘Manos Sucias’ might be one of the best this year with its story, locations and musics.

Posted at 5pm on 11/19/14 | 2 comments | Filed Under: AFI Filmfest 2014, Films read on

Heaven Knows What (Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie, 2014): USA

Reviewed by Gorkem Erdogan. Viewed at the AFIFest 2014.

‘Heaven Knows What’ takes us to the streets of New York, life of a group of junkies but mainly focuses on twisted relationship between two teenagers in the group, Harley (Arielle Holmes) and Ilya (Caleb Landry Jones). The film starts with a passionate love scene between them and successfully accomplish of telling audience that they love each other so much. After Harley makes an offer to Ilya in a library, to show her love to him, they decide to stay apart but Harley finds herself in another man’s arms and things start to get intense.  The film, directed by Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie, have successfully shows us the urban life of New York. Characters look so real that makes you believe that they are real street people. It is definitely an intense film but might be the best of its kind since “Requiem for a Dream” and a must see if you are a fan of this kind of films.

Posted at 5pm on 11/19/14 | 1 comment | Filed Under: AFI Filmfest 2014, Films read on

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