and American. Generally, this was evinced by a turn to realism and naturalism in the majority of films, but on a film by film basis, a few called up the glorious filmmakers of the 50s and 60s, while still remaining their own inimitable selves.
In the short competition, Wholpin Award Winner GLORY AT SEA drew comparisons to Werner Herzog for both its ambitious, foolish, epic scope and the total commitment exhibited by its maker and his fearless crew. You have to read the whole review to get the full story on how this film became a SXSW legend. Herzog would be proud.
Shot on 16mm, Josh Safdie’s THE PLEASURE OF BEING ROBBED drew rave reviews and comparisons to Robert Bresson, a name that is not often bandied about when speaking of current films.
Grand Jury Award winner WELLNESS loosely skirts the surface of the deep tracks