TORI AND LOKITA – Review by Diane Carson

Through highlighting the power of friendship, Jean-Pierre abd Luc Dardennes communicate their characteristic empathy for disenfranchised individuals without sentimental indulgence. Debut performances of Joely Mbundu as Lokita and Pablo Schils as Tori convey an uncanny, charismatic ferocity and shared joy. Their dilemma as exiled, solitary, exploited and humiliated adolescents acquires a new dimension thanks to their friendship. The film, awarded the prestigious Cannes Film Festival 75th Anniversary Prize, is a denunciation of the violent and unjust situation experienced by young people in exile.

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Telluride Film Fest 2022: A Woman’s Wrap – Diane Carson reports

Over Labor Day weekend, the 49th Telluride Film Festival presented thought-provoking films to its full complement of attendees, a nice rebound from the all-mask 2021 event. As always, no one could come close to seeing all the enticing films on offer, so tough choices and constant second guessing rules. This year women directed and dominated exceptionally strong selections that tell stories of quite different time periods and subjects. Intelligently and insightfully observing internal and external struggles, revealing the specificity of contemporary and historical pressures (so remarkably relevant today), the fest’s films reached out and inspired as they informed. We are, indeed, a global community.

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