Saturday, June 03, 2006
BiFF: A film festival grows in Brooklyn
The festival's executive director Marco Ursino, wearing a black suit and baseball cap, observed that "the films in this festival are often controversial and out there." BiFF boasts 15 narratives, 21 documentaries, 33 shorts, 19 experimental films and 32 animated entries (120 total). The opening film - Libero De Renzio's Blood, Death Does Not Exist (Sangue, La Morte Non Esiste) - lived up to Ursino's prediction.
A brother and sister carry on an illicit affair during a drug-filled adventure that culminates at a rave, which police ultimately break up. The third section - the comic epilogue - is a prolonged farce set in a church that reminded me of a Marx Brothers send-up. No wonder the program descibed the movie as having "Fellini-esque lunacy."
A gala party followed the film, with free champagne and beer, cheeses and a performance by the Italian quartet, Avion Travel.
BiFF resumes today at 1 pm with several shorts programs. Tonight's features are both docs: Australian director Wayne Coles-Janess' In the Shadow of the Palms: Iraq (7 pm) and Beth Bird's Everyone Their Grain of Sand (9 pm), which is set in Tijuana. The festival continues through next Sunday.