I've been catching some of the flicks at Independent Film Festival Boston this weekend and these are a few of the things I felt warranted mentioning.
- The animated shorts featured two piece I liked particularly, out of five. Feral was about a feral boy adopted by a hunter and reintroduced into society. Daniel Sousa created a painterly look for characters by scanning painted textures and using hand-drawn masks (see the trailer here) and the effect gives characters this energy even when they're not moving or speaking.
- Last night I caught a screening of A Hijacking, which was terrific. Tobias Lindholm's thriller about a shipping vessel that is hijacked by Somalian pirates gives you the experience of the crew as well as the guys back at the office of the shipping company, but still maintains suspense. At times you wonder why the guys in Denmark don't give more of a shit, and other times you wonder what's happening to the crew. It's a really well-executed story about people being pushed to their psychological limits and how these situations are traumatic not just for the crew, but for the pirates and the suits as well.