Drama, Drama everywhere at the 2022 Lighthouse International Film Festival


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If you want drama, there’s no better place to find it than at the Lighthouse Film Festival 2022 from June 2-5.

This newspaper has previously alerted readers to the festival’s opening night film, “To Leslie,” which a South by Southwest reviewer called “probably the best portrayal of drug addiction in America’s working class.” center” for almost two decades. Let’s now review the eight films entered in the festival’s dramatic storytelling competition.

“12 months,” a 92-minute feature film directed by Clinton Cornwell, candidly depicts moments that are commonly experienced but rarely shown as it follows the story of Ellie and Clark, a millennial couple navigating the peaks and valleys of a new relationship. It is unusual in that it is entirely improvised and filmed chronologically in monthly vignettes in real time. The film takes audiences from the first date through moving conversations, encounters, breakdowns, and the moments in between, no matter how beautiful or painful. To put it simply, the film follows a couple who fall in love and fall in love over the course of a year and take risks to include the portrayal of a sexual relationship that sometimes develops awkwardly and does not shy away from tackling topics of sexism, racism and mental disorders. health.

“12 Months” will screen at the Regal Theater in Manahawkin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. Director Cornwell will be present.

“Love, Life and Goldfish” is a Japanese film directed by Yukinori Makabe, which is premiering on the East Coast. It also lasts 92 minutes.

It’s another story to develop love. When big city banker Makoto has a blast at work, he is sent to work in a small village in the middle of nowhere as punishment. He immediately falls in love with the woman who runs the local goldfish collecting shop.

“Love, Life and Goldfish” will screen at the Surf City Firehouse at 8:20 p.m. on Saturday, June 4.

“Next time maybe,” 100 Minutes, is directed by Sahm McGlynn. It makes its world premiere at LIFF.

It’s described as a “beautifully shot, intimate ghost story” about “a lonely woman who turns the tables on the indulgent spirits that haunt her property” and stars Kika Magalhaes, who also starred in the black and white horror film. White from 2016’s “The Eyes of My Mother. Max Hoffman, Dustin’s son, is also featured.

“Maybe Next Time” can be seen at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at the Long Beach Island Arts and Science Foundation.

“Menina Casilda” directed by Eric Du Ballay, is another film making its world premiere at this year’s festival. It’s an 86-minute Spanish film that has been described as “a surprisingly funny take-off on moviegoers and Hollywood classics.” It’s a wild kidnapping plot in which 35-year-old unemployed actor Diego kidnaps 20-year-old law student Sara during Madrid’s COVID-19 lockdown. Wow, someone found humor in the pandemic. Who would have thought?

“Menina Casilda” will be screened at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, June 3 at the LBI Foundation.

“Pack of Sheep” is a Greek film, directed by Dimitris Kanellopoulos. It is 110 minutes long and tells the story of Thanasis, who cannot repay his debt to Stelios. When he discovers that Apostolis is in the same boat, he asks him to join him in making a better deal with Stelios. As Thanasis tries to get more players into the game, two young gangsters come to town to hustle the debtors.

“Pack of Sheep” premieres at 3:40 p.m. Saturday, June 4 at Regal Manahawkin.

“Planet B234” lasts one hour and is directed by Keelie Sheridan. Here’s how an ad copy defines it:

“Jorge, a father thousands of miles away from his son, creates an alternate world – planet b234 – where he can face the anxiety, depression and despair of being separated from his child. Geographic barriers are no match for Jorge’s fertile imagination, but it comes at the cost of his sanity and the very relationship he fights for.

“Planet B234” will be screened at the LBI Foundation at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 4.

“Stand Up and Fly Right” is set in New York City where Kristen, a physically disabled woman, walks dogs for a living but dreams of being a writer. As her life unfolds, she must make the choice to crumble or rise again.

The 90-minute feature is directed by Kristen Abate and Steven Tanenbaum. It won the ‘Unstoppable Award’ at the Slamdance Film Festival and offers an intimate look at the love lives of lonely, disabled people in New York City.

“Raise Up and Fly Right” is slated for 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 3 at the LBI Foundation.

“We are not satisfied” is an 83-minute film about making movies. Directed by Yuki Soga, it offers a unique creative take on the cliché of struggling and aspiring artists trying to make it in the film industry.

When a budding filmmaker’s move to Manhattan does little to boost his artistic career, he convinces an amateur puppeteer to help out, despite his deteriorating finances and sanity.

“We Are Not Content” premieres at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 3 at the Surf City Fire Station.

Individual tickets for all of the above films are $12 and can be purchased in advance online at lighthouseff.com or at the door. All Access passes can be purchased online for $150. They not only allow access to all the films of the festival from June 2 to 5 with priority entry, breakfasts with the filmmakers, panels and masterclasses, and public evenings. Film Only passes are also available online for $115.

Rick Mellerup

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