THE GIRLS ARE ALRIGHT – Review by Tara Karajica

Spanish actress Itsaso Arana’s directorial debut, The Girls Are Alright (Las chicas están bien), is an amusing, thought-provoking and heart-warming gem of a film. It is the story of a group of girls who meet at a country house for a week in summer to rehearse a play. During their time together, they exchange their knowledge of friendship, acting, love, orphanhood and death; with the secret hope that sharing will make them better people. The Girls Are Alright is a summer tale with princesses, horses, toads, a fire, a fiesta, a river, myriad letters, and even a scatterbrained prince.

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Ena Sendijarević talks SWEET DREAMS (TIFF 2023) – Tara Karajica interviews

Bosnian-Dutch filmmaker Ena Sendijarević’s her sophomore film is set on a remote Indonesian island during the waning days of the colonial era. Sweet Dreams is the story of two women who are left to their own devices after the death of Jan, patriarch owner of a sugar plantation. Sendijarević grew up in the Netherlands, a country with a long and atrocious imperialist past. “I never learned anything about it when I was [in] school. She wanted to know more about it and got the idea to do something with it on film.

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QUIZ LADY (TIFF 2023) – Review by Tara Karajica

Jessica Yu’s latest film, Quiz Lady, is an amusing, fast-paced and flamboyant comedy that doesn’t let your thoughts wander away, but has you instead focused just like when you are about to answer a question on a quiz, much akin to the title character, the “quiz lady” of the film, Anne Yum. Quiz Lady makes for an effervescent, colorful and delightful watch and Jessica Yu does marvels on the silver screen.

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Jessica Yu talks QUIZ LADY (TIFF 2023) – Tara Karajica interviews

Helmer Jessica Yu directs Sandra Oh and Awkwafina in her latest outing for Disney/Hulu, Quiz Lady. The film deals with sibling dynamics and how, at the end of the day, no matter how different they are, they end up loving each other. “I think what they go through actually ends up reminding them of how much they have shared together in life and how much they actually appreciate each other. We don’t really see that many comedies about sisters and so, that was attractive to me,” Yu comments.

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Chloé Robichaud talks DAYS OF HAPPINESS (TIFF 2023) – Tara Karajica interviews

After Sarah Prefers to Run (2013) and Pays (2016), Canadian director Chloé Robichaud’s latest feature film, Days of Happiness, follows a young orchestra director as she faces a crossroads in her life and career, trying to navigate the toxic relationship with her father – who is also her manager – and a budding romance with violoncellist Naëlle. The inspiration for Days of Happiness came to Robichaud seven years ago. The idea of a young female conductor on a podium on the screen fascinated her.

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Filmmaker Anu Aun on EIA’S CHRISTMAS AT PHANTOM OWL FARM – Tara Karajica interviews

Estonian writer-director and producer Anu Aun’s Eia’s Christmas at Phantom Owl Farm screened at Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival. Her short film Shift has screened at 70 seventy festivals including Clermont-Ferrand, Tampere, Grimstad, Montreal, Shanghai, Uppsala and Rome and won 17 prizes from all over the world. The Estonian Filmmaker’s Union gave this film the XIII Estonian Film Days Annual Film Award while the Estonian National Culture Foundation awarded “Shift” as The Best Debut of the Cultural Year.

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