LA Film Festival 2013 – Day 7

Thursday was a pretty good day when it comes to the film selection,

Tom Donahue Casting ByTom Donahue’s Casting By (read our review) paid homage to casting directors and, most particularly, Marion Dougherty, a pioneer in that field. The documentary wasn’t short in familiar faces, from Clint Eastwood to Al Pacino and Robert de Niro, all emphasizing how casting directors should get credited for their contribution to films and some brilliant careers – despite all their effort the old-timers from the Academy board still refuse to give them awards. The director (photo right) was present for a Q&A.

Only God Forgives (read our review here) and Purgatorio (read our review here), which we already covered were showing as well. Nicolas Winding Refn’s unsatisfying film was certainly the talk of the festival tonight. While in the lounge, actors/filmmakers kept asking each other if they were going to watch the Ryan Gosling movie before coming up with a personal story about the actor – from what I heard, every actor in town must be friend with him! As for the beautiful but flawed Purgatorio, I’m happy to report that a third screening was added as this film is certainly worth watching, even though I had a couple reservations about it.

All Together Now (read our review), a small indie movie about a concert organized in a forest, was a surprising solid production, with good acting (teenagers), photography and direction. While there was some amusing moments and a real effort made to tackle some social and generation issues, the script proved to be pretty dull and I felt bored after a while – I’m suspecting that the two screenwriters (photo below) might have been a bit too nerdy to make a film about Rockn’roll – I could give you plenty of personal examples that could make for a more exciting movies.

all together now crew

Jessica WoodWorth Fifth Season

Finally, the surreal Belgian film The Fifth Season (read our review here) proved to be the highlight of the day. This beautiful, dark tale about nature punishing some remote village is a haunting masterwork, showcasing filmmaker Jessica WoodWorth’s unique vision – to give you an idea, it’s somewhere between Bruno Dumont and Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Talking about highlights, as the festival comes close to its end, based on our selection, The Fifth Season along Ain’t Them Bodies Saints is without a doubt the most striking entry we saw at the festival this year.



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Fred Thom

Fred Thom

Editor-in-Chief/Founder/Film Critic at Plume Noire
The founder and editor-in-chief of Plume Noire, Fred Thom covers film festivals and writes movie reviews. He was born in Marseilles, France and is now living in Los Angeles, California.