Film lovers and the communities they create online will be celebrated in a Seattle International Film Festival event featuring Letterboxd’s Editor-in-Chief Gemma Gracewood, alongside Lilly Riber of MUBI and Lela Meadow-Conner of the Film Festival Alliance.
As Swan Song premieres at SXSW, Letterboxd’s queer correspondent Leo Koziol talks to acting icon Udo Kier and filmmaker Todd Stephens about the communal energy of non-Hollywood film sets, camptastic needle drops, and making movie magic with soap queen Linda Evans.
Ahead of The Spine of Night’s premiere as a SXSW Film Midnighter, Letterboxd’s animation correspondent Kambole Campbell caught up with directors Morgan Galen King and Philip Gelatt for a lengthy chat about rotoscoping, “mac’n’cheese” comfort films, cult 80s movie Heavy Metal, and “fuckin’ Akira”.
A healthy sense of the absurd runs through a trio of SXSW 2021 Covid-era films. Gemma Gracewood and Selome Hailu report on the comedies that capture the barminess of quarantine, pathetic stimulus checks, and our reliance on cats for happiness. Featuring (pictured above from left to right): Puss, Learning Tagalog with Kayla and I’m Fine (Thanks for Asking).
Writer, film programmer and horror scholar Kier-La Janisse at last steps behind the camera with Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror, after being the subject of a documentary (2004’s Celluloid Horror) and producing many others (including last year’s portmanteau horror doc Tales of the Uncanny, directed by her Severin Films colleague David Gregory).
Selome Hailu speaks to Janet Pierson, director of the South by Southwest film festival, about getting married at a movie theater, how Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It changed her life, and what makes a good Covid movie.
SXSW 2021: Festiville Crew Favorites 12 films
The Festiville team’s top ten feature-length picks (and two short films we loved) from the 2021 online edition of the…
Kier-La Janisse, director of the SXSW 2021 Midnight documentary Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror, selects…
The Festiville team's top picks from the 71st Berlin International Film Festival, as selected by our Berlinale correspondents Ella, Kambole,…
Our Festiville team (Gemma Gracewood, Aaron Yap, Ella Kemp, Selome Hailu, Jack Moulton and Dominic Corry) scanned your Letterboxd reviews…
The ten most anticipated feature and documentary film premieres at Sundance 2021, based on Letterboxd member activity.
SIFF 92 films
Horrorville 12 films
Ian Bulaclac 64 films
a. a. 180 films
TIFF 14 films
This is Udo Kier's movie. He's in nearly every scene, and even when he's not visible, his presence looms large. He is absolutely wonderful here, digging deep and pulling out a mesmerizing, deeply affecting and emotionally textured performance, proving that he's an actor with much more range than people give him credit for; I also just love seeing him decked out like Quentin Crisp and getting back into drag again.
I found myself really resonating with what this movie has…
SXSW 2021, Film #5
Shein Mompremier really buoys Ludi in its titular role. Her face is so expressive and Jean is right to make a point of hanging on it so often. I really hope she gets picked up from here, because she really does show a lot of promise. The screenplay and direction are more than just competent as well, as there are a good handful of hooks that unexpectedly turn this into a low-key anxious thriller. I noticed…
SXSW FEATURE #16
is it too long, is it very conventional filmmaking.. yes... but i LOVE LILY AND I WOULD KILL FOR HER!!!! what a FUN intro to this world i had no idea existed!! i put this on thinking it would be some fun asmr to have in the background while getting some writing done but i barely wrote a paragraph because i was MESMERIZED!!!!! AND WHEN THAT SWEET LITTLE BOY GETS TO MEET LILY AT VIDCON AND HE CRIES🥺🥺😭😭🥺🥺🥺😭🥺..... my first tears of sxsw.
A really special film about slow to accept parenting. The cast is funny and they feel like real twenty somethings, special accommodations to Arthur Berning as Dick Jesus.
The animation is cute, and clearly influenced by Peresopolis (which makes a cameo in a bookstore scene).
Easily the best film I've seen at SXSW.
what a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful movie. i have had horror movies make me less on-edge about what the characters were going to do (i swear this was one edit away from being a horror movie). and i am so in love with esteban comilang. what a gorgeous movie.
Here Before is a slow burn psychological thriller with an incredible performance by Andrea Riseborough at its core. With striking cinematography and an interesting, you want to see how deep the rabbit hole goes while also having some pacing issues towards the end.
DEAR MR. BRODY is an incredibly moving portrait of Michael James Brody Jr. and the countless lives who were touched by his (sadly, undelivered) promise. You may be an emotional mess throughout (especially as families read the letters they wrote 50 years ago), but the rewards are in a bountiful supply on the other side.