Saturday, April 15, 2006

Lucile Hadzihalilovi's film "Innocence" at NWFF April 14-20

Northwest Film Forum Site

I'm gonna shut it for once and not say anything about this film, other than the fact that I will definitely be seeing it a second time in the theatre and it features some of the finest cinematography I've seen in something like a year ... and there's a helluva lot more to it than just that.

From the NWFF:

"An all-female boarding school sits in the middle of a seemingly endless forest, with a thick, insurmountable wall keeping the outside world from entering this otherworldly community. Inside one of the school's creaking houses, a group of young girls gather around a coffin: its lid opens, and six-year-old Iris climbs out. Iris is quickly introduced to the school's bizarre customs and strictly observed rules, but she grows boldly and perhaps dangerously rebellious as she becomes increasingly curious about the school's central mysteries (Where do the older girls go at night? What lies beyond the outer wall? Will any of them ever be allowed to leave?). A bracing debut from a major new figure in French cinema, the supernatural fairy tale of INNOCENCE has been a critical and audience favorite at festivals around the world."