Friday, November 22, 2019

“The Aeronauts” A Fantastic Journey of Discovery and Enlightenment

By José Alberto Hermosillo

Amazon Prime Video invites us to a delightful experience, a movie and a themed fair based on the new production “The Aeronauts.”

Welcome to TheAeronauts Incredible Journey. Photos: Jeff Lovin Amazon Prime Video ©2019

The Film is found on the 1862 real-life scientist James Glaisher and Amelia Wren, played by Best Actor Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne and Oscar nominee Felicity Jones.
The Aeronauts' original dress. Photo Jose Alberto Hermosillo, Festival in LA ©2019
“The Aeronauts Incredible Journey” fair includes plenty of fun activities to participate in, plus an avalanche of occasions for the perfect snapshots.
The Aeronauts hot air balloon. Photo: Jose Alberto Hermosillo, Festival in LA ©2019

The extraordinary exhibits at the fair include a flight to the stratosphere on “The Magnificent Mammoth” hot air balloon as the main attraction.
The Aeronauts phonograph DJ. Photo: Jose Alberto Hermosillo, Festival in LA ©2019

The fair has a world-class phonograph DJ who will be playing period music. Attendees can listen and dance the polka or a Viennese waltz. They can also visit the Mesmerizing Hypnotist and roast coffee on the Remarkable Ready Roster.
The Aeronauts - fortune teller. Photo Jose Alberto Hermosillo, Festival in LA ©2019

Visit the fabulous fortune teller, and take your photo of stereoscopic proportions by climbing into the basket of the “Mammoth” hot air replica to capture a spectacular photo. 
The Aeronauts flayer, Amazon Prime Video.Photo Jose Alberto Hermosillo, Festival in LA ©2019
The Devil-May-Care Rope-walker is always fun to watch, and many of the people dressed up from that particular period. After all that fun, the audience is invited to attend the movie on “The Fly-In Theater” is a hot air balloon with a screen attached to it. Also, the organizers prepared two gigantic screens where everybody can enjoy the film to perfection. All happens in the open air of a lovely autumn evening.
The Aeronauts Incredible Journey. Photo Jose Alberto Hermosillo, Festival in LA ©2019
“The Aeronauts Incredible Journey” is a sensational experience for adventurers, film lovers, and the entire family.
The Aeronauts popped corn. Photo Jose Alberto Hermosillo, Festival in LA ©2019
“The Aeronauts” is an inspiring, captivating and engrossing film. Highly recommended for the entire family, mostly for those girls and boys who are avid to discover and explore new horizons.
The Aeronauts banner. Amazon Prime Video ©2019
“The Aeronauts” Movie 
“The Aeronauts” is the true story of two scientists, the meteorologist James Glaisher (Eddie Redmayne) and the pilot Amelia Wren (Felicity Jones), who decided to help each other on a venture to research further in their respective fields.

James will investigate a way to measure accurately the weather report combining the measurement of temperature and humidity. 

Amelia, as a brave female pilot, will try to break the world flight altitude record and become one of the most admired pilots of our time. 
The Aeronauts, still. Amazon Prime Video ©2019
The non-linear structure of the film makes us aware of the characters' backgrounds, personalities, emotions, and true desires. It is something to make the story multidimensional that keeps us wondering about the scientists' fate up there, on the air and the cold. 

“The Aeronauts” is a British period movie directed by a BAFTA nominated helmer, Tom Harper, his credits include “Wild Rose,” “War Book,” and some episodes of the TV series “War and Peace.” 
Watching this epic journey made me think of other epic movies such as “The Titanic” or “The Impossible.” In those films, humans defeat nature to prevail with their mission, whether it is to survive nature’s adversity, eternal love, or discover essential elements that will change the course of humanity forever. 
 
 TO RSVP TO JOIN THE TOUR:
LOS ANGELES, CA. NOV. 23-24
SAN FRANCISCO - NOV 26
PHOENIX, AZ. - NOV 30
ATLANTA, GA. - DEC 10
ORLANDO, FL - DEC 13
AUSTIN, TX. - DEC 17
L.A. THE GROVE, CA. - DEC 20-22
Film critic Jose Alberto Hermosillo. Photo: Gabriel Romero. Festival in LA ©2019
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

“Papicha” Girls Just Want to Have Fun and Freedom in Algeria

By José Alberto Hermosillo
COLCOA REVIEW: “Papicha” is a vibrant and compelling, must-see drama with social content. The coming-of-age story is about the courageous Muslim women claiming their place and time in a world of inequalities.

During the “black decade” of the 1990s, an oppressive system doomed women’s rights in Algeria. The Civil War in the African country brought them back to obscurantism. Director Monica Meddour decided to move from documentaries to direct her first feature loosely-based on personal experiences around her
years in college.
Monica Meddour, "Papicha" director at COLCOA.
Photo José Alberto Hermosillo. Festival in LA ©2019
When Meddour was a journalism student, she saw first-hand the uprising in her nation-state. Many wanted to leave; others, the daring ones who had to stay, experienced religious, political, and physical repression by the conservative retrograde system in power.

Accordingly, to the director, during those dark times, men were awful. Ultra-conservative women were making religious propaganda in the street, interrupting classes, attacking broad-minded girls by going to their houses to threaten them, violating their intimacy – forcing them to wear hijab all the time.

In Meddour’s intimate story, the hero is a young woman named Nedjma “Papicha,” played by Lyna Khoudri, winner of the Best Actress Venice Horizons award for the 2017 film “The Blessed.” 
Papicha, Jour 2 Fete ©2019
Lyna Khoudri’s performance in "Papicha" is fiercely virtuous! She exquisitely plays this extraordinary determined young woman.

The female students, like any other woman in the world, want to dress up nicely, go out to the clubs, date, and have fun at the disco.
Papicha, Jour 2 Fete ©2019
While waiting for her Canadian Visa to leave the country, Nedjma's dreams cannot be placed on hold. She won’t give up her fashion show so quickly. She improvises the dresses with bargain fabrics to come up with original designs that will wow everyone. 

The other women are very supportive. They see their participation on the runway with ingenuity and determination. Indeed, an act of rebellion to be considered a symbol in their struggle for freedom.

The film doesn’t show the authorities often, but they are present every moment as a dark force that moves in the shadows repressing those who dare to be different.

The project took five years to make, and after many drafts, Meddour started production with mostly non-professional actors in her cast. Still, their natural performances enlighten the screen, making out of “Papicha” is a delightful and powerful movie. The actresses had plenty of time to rehearse before filming when they lived together in a house for a week.
Papicha, Jour 2 Fete ©2019
According to the director, "Papicha" was a film hard to put together, the subject matter is a sensitive topic to the authorities. Once she got financing, Meddour was able to show her country’s reality accurately and vividly, thanks to her background in making documentaries.

For the talented director, the most challenging task in the making of “Papicha” was to edit the film because, in every take, they had a different dialog do to some slight improvisations.

The opposition against women's liberation has never been seen so vivid and realistic in a film until “Papicha.”

The foreign competitions are coming alive with contemporary films that dramatize women’s struggle for emancipation in the Middle East. A stunning movie is this year’s Cannes Grand Prix winner “Atlantics.”
The 2015 “Much Loved” directed by Nabil Ayouch is a powerful film about the sexual repression in Morocco. “Mustang” is a French-Turkish Oscar nominee co-production that ends up in tragedy over women’s awaking. “Divines” made in France, also shows a young woman of color fighting for a chance to survive in the city.
This year's Moroccan Oscar submission “Adam” is a story about an out of wedlock mother in danger of her society. The Afghan feature “Hava, Maryam, Ayesha” relates three feminist stories about their struggles dealing with chauvinistic men in their culture. Finally, the Canadian production "Antigone" is a story about young Middle East immigrants struggling in Quebec courts to keep themselves together and out of trouble.
Monica Meddour, "Papicha" director at COLCOA. 
Photo José Alberto Hermosillo. Festival in LA ©2019
In many Muslim countries, men use religion as a form of oppression to submit women for their benefit. Women’s struggle in a Macho society recalled in these magnificent, daring, and beautiful films responds to the need to have World Cinema helping to bring equal rights to women in the world.
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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

THE BEST FILM FESTIVAL POSTERS OF 2019

By José Alberto Hermosillo
The Best Film Festival Posters of 2019
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Festival in LA has selected the most creative, colorful, exceptional, and inventive Film Festival Posters of 2019. 

Every year we discover small gems with extraordinary quality that limelight: new players with multicultural values, gender equality, and diversity. 

Notably, the creativity this year has been an explosion of colors - the designs are harmoniously composed with fantastic graphics, the right amount of information, and matching fonts complementing every piece. 
THE BEST FILM FESTIVAL POSTERS OF 2019 - INSPIRED BY ANIMALS
The 2019 Film Festival Posters are more inventive, contemporary, and sharper. In some cases, the designers went bolder with metallic compositions. 

Selecting the posters is a captivating enterprise that takes the entire year. Curators must dive-in with an open mind and impartiality - they have to work in a grey area of subjectivity. They must set aside their taste, ideologies, prejudices, chauvinism, and concepts that can alter their analytical evaluation.

The curators must focus on the quality and attributions of every work. It requires consistent formatting and evaluation of the material:

1. Concept
2. Originality
3. Format
4. Design
5. Style
6. Colors
7. Information
8. Fonts
9. Focal Point
10. Diversity

THE BEST FILM FESTIVAL POSTERS OF 2019 - INSPIRED BY WOMEN
This year, the most recurrent image of the compositions is women among the most popular subjects. Women as muses, directors, actresses, and icons -making their stories prevail. 

Cannes 2019 selected an iconic image of the venerable female director Agnes Varda standing on the shoulders of a technician, shooting her first film, "La Pointe Corte" in 1954, when she was 26 years old. The design by Flore Maquin is very inspiring. 

In second place is the poster of the 60th Thessaloniki film festival in Greece created by John Mavroudi. Pedro Almodovar composed the image of the 57th New York Film Festival. Venice, Cartagena, Poland, Santa Barbara, and Guanajuato continue the impressive selection.

Many talented individuals work tirelessly crafting signs, as well. It is worth noting the US-Latino legacy succeeding with vibrant pieces through the festival circuit every year. 

Los Angeles has more than 300 film festivals - which is why a significant number of posters originate from La La Land. 

The number of film festivals in Mexico also contributes substantially to the list. Additionally, signs from Asia, Africa, and Australia help to have a very diverse 
menu. 

The world of graphic design has some well-known and prestigious film festivals contests to select their representative images, like the Chicago Latino Film Festival, the San Diego Latino International Film Festival. In Spain, Alicante, Malaga, and Zaragoza are traditionally successful in their competitions.

The beauty of the selected posters exceeds expectations. Therefore, no matter how big or small a festival is, all the designs graphically feature a great love of film.

And the Best Film Festival Posters of 2019 are:

72 FESTIVAL
INTERNATIONAL DU FILM
CANNES, FRANCE
Agnès Varda, Cannes 2019. Poster designer Flore Maquin. 
 60th THESSALONIKI
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 
ATHENS, GREECE
60TH THESSALONIKI. POSTER DESIGNED BY JOHN MAVROUDIS.
57th NEW YORK
FILM FESTIVAL
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.
57th New York Film Festival. Poster designed by Pedro Almodóvar
76 MOSTRA INTERNAZIONALE
D'ARTE CINEMATOGRAFICA
LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA
VENICE, ITALY
76 BIENNALE DI VENEZIA, ILLUSTRATED BY LORENZO MATTOTTI
59 FESTIVAL
INTERNACIONAL DE CINE
DE CARTAGENA DE INDIAS 2019
CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
59 Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias, 2019. Colombia
38. MTODZI I FILM
KOSZALINSKI FESTIVAL
KOSZALIN, POLAND
38. MTODZI I FILMKOSZALINSKI FESTIVAL, POLAND
6th CHENNAI INTERNATIONAL
SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
TAMIL NADU, INDIA
33. TEDDY AWARD
DER QUEERE FILMPREIS DER BERLINALE
BERLIN, GERMAN
33. TEDDY AWARD, BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL
FESTIVAL DU 
COURT MÉTRAGE
CLERMONT-FERRAND, FRANCE

41st MOSCOW
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MOSCOW, RUSSIA
41st MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, RUSSIA
XXII GUANAJUATO
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
GUANAJUATO, MEXICO
22 GUANAJUATO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, MEXICO
34th SANTA BARBARA
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
34th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, artist Barbara Boros
33rd ISRAEL
FILM FESTIVAL IN LOS ANGELES
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
33rd Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles
GLASGOW
FILM FESTIVAL 2019
SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL 2019
GDYNIA FESTIWAL POLSKICH
FILMÓW FABULARYCH
GDYNIA, POLAND

44. Festiwalu Polskich Filmów Fabularnych, Artist Andrzej Pągowski

10th ANNUAL PRESCOTT
FILM FESTIVAL
PRESCOTT, ARIZONA
10th Annual Prescott Film Festival.
37th FAJR
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TEHERAN, IRAN
Amir Naderi's 1985 film 'The Runner.'
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE
Y LAS ARTES INDÍGENAS EN WALLMAPU 2019
TEMUCO, ARAUCANIA, CHILE
Afiche imagen Ficwallmapu 2019, designed by
Patricio Pradines Antillanca.
34 SETTIMANA
INTERNATIONELE DELLA CRITICA
BIENNALE, VENEZIA, ITALY
34 SETTIMANA INTERNAZIONALE DELLA CRITICA
SITGES 52 FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE
CINEMA FANTÁSTIC DE CATALUNYA
CATALUNYA, SPAIN
52 SITGES, MAD MAX POSTER DESIGN BY CHINA AGENCY, SPAIN
BAJA CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL 2019
BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
BAJA CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019
ROBERTO GAVALDÓN RETROSPECTIVE
67 SAN SEBASTIAN
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN
MARÍA FÉLIX IMAGE. TRIBUTE TO MEXICAN DIRECTOR ROBERTO GALVALDÓN, 67 SSIFF, SPAIN
 2019 ANNECY
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL
DU FILM D'ANIMATION
ANNECY, FRANCE
2019 ANNECY FESTIVAL
7th VIVA MEXICO LE RENDEZVOUS DU
CINÉMA MEXICAIN EN FRANCE
PARIS, FRANCE
 Viva Mexico, Rencontres cinématographiques Visuals directed by Aude d'Ortho.
FESTIVAL DE CINE
SAN ANDRES CHOLULA
PUEBLA, MEXICO
Festival de Cine San Andres Cholula. Poster by Jonathan Carbajal.
THE THIRD ANNUAL
NEW YORK DOG FILM FESTIVAL
UNITED STATES
3er Annual NY Dog Film Festival.
THE SECOND ANNUAL
NEW YORK CAT FILM FESTIVAL
UNITED STATES
2nd Annual NY Cat Film Festival.
ASIANS ON FILM FESTIVAL OF SHORTS 
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
AOF Festival of Shorts, Los Angeles
23rd LATIN AMERICAN
FILM FESTIVAL
OTTAWA, CANADA
BUENOS AIRES FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL
DE CINE INDEPENDIENTE
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
BAFICI, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
 14o. FESTIVAL DE CINE DE NEIVA
CINEXCUSA - MIGRACIONES
NEIVA, COLOMBIA
BERLINALE
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
BERLIN, GERMANY
(6 Posters)
BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL, BERLINALE 2019
KALIMANTAN
INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL 2019
BOMEO, INDONESIA
KALIMANTAN INDIGENOUS FILM FESTIVAL 2019
 37. INTERNATIONALES
FILMFEST MÜNCHEN
MUNICH, GERMANY
37. MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SAN FRANCISCO SILENT
FILM FESTIVAL
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
24TH SAN FRANCISCO SILENT FILM FESTIVAL. LOUISE BROOKS SOCIETY
35th CHICAGO LATINO
FILM FESTIVAL
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
35 CHICAGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL DESIGNED BY MARC CONESA.

DONOSTIA ZINEMALDIA
67 SAN SEBASTIAN
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN
PENÉLOPE CRÚZ, IMAGE. 67 SSIFF, SPAIN.
70 LAT WYTWÓRNI FILMÓW  
DOKUMENTALNYCHI FABULARNYCH
TARNÓW, POLAND
71 LAT WYTWÓRNI FILMÓN DOKUMENTALNYCH, POLAND
23 BUCHEON INTERNATIONAL
FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL
BUCHEON, SOUTH KOREA
23 BUCHEON INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FEST, BUCHEON, SOUTH KOREA
23 BUCHEON INTERNATIONAL
FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL
BUCHEON, SOUTH KOREA
23 BUCHEON INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FEST, BUCHEON, SOUTH KOREA
18th CONCORTO
FILM FESTIVAL
PONTENURE/PIACENZA, ITALY
18TH CONCORTO FILM FESTIVAL, PIACENZA, ITALY
THE TEL AVIV INTERNATIONAL
DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
THE TEL AVIV INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
17th VANCOUVER LATIN AMERICAN  
FILM FESTIVAL
VANCOUVER, CANADA
17th VANCOUVER LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL
SXSW
FILM FESTIVAL
AUSTIN, TEXAS
SXSW FILM FESTIVAL - ERICA WILLIAMS ILLUSTRATOR
BFI
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
LONDON, U.K.
BFI London Film Festival, DBLG Creative Agency
LIGHTHOUSE
INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
LONG BEACH ISLAND, NEW JERSEY
Lighthouse International Film Festival 2019, poster
MORBIDO FEST
 CIUDAD DE MEXICO
MORBIDO 2019, CDMX. GRAPHIC DESIGNER RAFAEL GALLUR
 6o. FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL
DE CINE POR LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS
COLOMBIA
6o. FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE POR LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS, COLOMBIA
 ASIAN WORLD FILM FESTIVAL
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
Asian World Fest, 2019.Artwork, produced by Kyrgyz designer Kadyr Batyrkanov
24o. FESTIVAL DE CINE DE ZARAGOZA
ZARAGOZA, SPAIN
Gozaleón - Zaragoza poster designed by Javier Ramírez Castellón.
15 CINEMALAYA
PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL
PHILIPPINES
CINEMALAYA, PHILIPPINES
 TRIESTE
FILM FESTIVAL
TRIESTE, ITALY
Trieste Film Festival 30, Italy
AFI FEST FILM FESTIVAL
PRESENTED BY AUDI
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
AFI FEST PRESENTED BY AUDI 2019
MONTCLAIR
FILM FESTIVAL 2019
MONTCLAIR, NEW JERSEY
MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL 2019
58 SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE 2019
CANNES, FRANCE
58 SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE, CANNES
9th OPEN AIR ATHENS
FILM FESTIVAL
ATHENS, GREECE
9TH OPEN AIR ATHENS FILM FESTIVAL
2nd WORLDWIDE WOMEN'S
FILM FESTIVAL
PHOENIX, ARIZONA
WORLDWIDE WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL, ARIZONA
26th SAN DIEGO LATINO
FILM FESTIVAL
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA
26th San Diego Latino Film Festival. Illustration Jorge Ariza Portfolio
QUINZAINE
DES REALISATEURS, CANNES 2019
CANNES, FRANCE
FICUNAM
9o. FESTIVAL
INTERNACIONAL DE CINE UNAM
CIUDAD DE MEXICO
FICUNAM 2019, MEXICO
36TH ANNUAL
 MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL
MIAMI, FLORIDA
36TH  MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL POSTER BY ANA JUAN
6o. FESTIVAL DE CINE Y TELEVISIÓN
REINO DE LEÓN, SPAIN
 41 FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL
DEL NUEVO CINE
LATINOAMERICANO
HABANA, CUBA
41 Festival Internacional de Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano
26. INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
ETIUDA & ANIMA 2019
KRAKOW, POLAND
ETIUDA &ANIMA, KRAKÓW, POLAND
2019 APIA YOUNG AT HEART
SENIORS FILM FESTIVAL
AUSTRALIA
YOUNG AT HEART, SENIORS FILM FESTIVAL, AUSTRALIA
64 SEMINCI
VALLADOLID INTERNATIONAL
FILM FESTIVAL 
VALLADOLID, SPAIN
64 SEMINCI, GRAPHIC ARTIST TONI PONTI
XVII EDIZIONE BA FILM FESTIVAL
SGUARDI E PUNTI DI VISTA
SUL CINEMA ITALIANO
BUSTO, ARSIZIO, ITALY
Busto Arsizio Film Festival, Lombardia, Italy - AD Giuseppe Reale
ASWAN
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN
FILM FESTIVAL
EGYPT
ASWAN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL, EGYPT
FILM LUX FEST
9th LUXEMBOURG CITY
FILM FESTIVAL
LUXEMBOURG, NETHERLANDS
9TH FILM LUX FEST, LUXEMBOURG, NETHERLANDS
35th CHICAGO LATINO
FILM FESTIVAL
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
BEIRUT
ART FILM FESTIVAL 2019
BEIRUT, LIBANON
Beirut Art Film Festival poster
XIX FESTIVAL DE CINE
SANT JOAN D'ALACANT 2019
VALENCIA, SPAIN
65 MUESTRA 
INTERNACIONAL DE CINE
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO

65 MUESTRA DE CINE PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEX.
STOP MOTION ANIMAC 2019
MOSTRA INTERNATIONAL
DE CINEMA D'ANIMACIÓ
CATALUNYA, SPAIN
CINEMA 19
43o FESTIVAL DE CINEMA DE ANIMACAO
ESPINHO, PORTUGAL
PET FILM FESTIVAL
TEPOZTLAN 2019
 MORELOS, MEXICO
PET FILM FESTIVAL, 2019. TEPOZTLAN, MORELOS, MEXICO

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