Eline Powell and Nico Mirallegro. The birthdays of their characters, Anita and David, are the same as their own (12 April and 26 January). .
Eline Powell‘s first starring role was in ANITA B., a film set in Eastern Europe just after the end of World War II, and based on the semi-autobiographical novel “Quanta stella c’è nel cielo” (How Many Stars In The Sky) by Auschwitz survivor Edith Bruck. ANITA B. deals with a part of history that has seems to have been largely neglected (at least in films), the repatriation of concentration camp survivors. In the opening scene we see Anita being handed into the custody of her uncle’s brother Eli on a snowy day in May.
Eli takes Anita home to his brother’s house in the village of Zvikov, but whenever she tries to talk about what happened to her, she is told (especially by her Aunt Monika) to forget all that and move on, so she spends a lot of time talking to her nephew, who is too young to understand a word she says.
The film begins with a quote from Isaac Bashevis Singer’s story “Gimple the Fool“: “Whatever doesn’t really happen is dreamed at night. It happens to one if it doesn’t happen to another, tomorrow if not today, or a century hence if not next year.”Continue reading →
Marissa (Sarah Troyer), shortly before her car crash. Troyer was also Kristen in “Seven Reasons”, Episode 1.13 of THE GOOD DOCTOR on ABC.
Marissa (Sarah Troyer) wrecks her car, and it is possible that the rest of the film is an elaborate explanation of why that happens. For a while, the story seems like a simple love triangle with technological complications. Samantha (Anja Savčić) is a college student who also works as a waitress. She solicits the help of one of the café’s customers (the handsome Mark, played by Levi Meaden) with an essay she’s writing for one of her courses. From what she tells Mark, and from what her professor lectures about, the essay is about applying the concept of the panopticon to the problem of disappearing privacy in the modern world. The essay is curiously relevant to events that later transpire. Continue reading →
BADSVILLE is a tale of perpetual conflict (localized to one generic small town) and the struggles of gang leader Wink (Ian McLaren) to fulfill a promise to his dying mother and escape the town and the war. It is not clear just how important the where and when of Badsville is, but the café where Wink works has two American flags hanging on its walls, so the film makes a point of being located in the US. And while Badsville has cars and trucks from the 70s and 80s, it’s general atmosphere is suggestive of the 1950s. Continue reading →