The 28th edition of the Warsaw Film Festival offered up some thought-provoking and entertaining movies for film lovers from across the globe. WBJ was present at several of the screenings, including Japanese courtroom drama “Ace Attorney,” visual masterpiece “Samsara,” and the documentary “Far Out Isn't Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story.”
Based on a computer game of the same name, “Ace Attorney” is the latest film from acclaimed director Takashi Miike. The film's main character is Phoenix Wright, a novice lawyer, who is pitted against his former childhood friend and current expert prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, in Japan's new legal system which requires trials to be concluded in a maximum of three days. Though somewhat difficult to believe, this movie is action-packed, and a thoroughly entertaining way to spend a few hours.
Directed by Ron Fricke “Samsara” was filmed over four years in 25 different countries and aims to explore the wonders of the world, from the mundane to the miraculous. With no dialogue, the film moves between different footage showing everything from erupting volcanoes and the choreographed dancing of Indonesia prisoners, to the inside of Dubai's famous Burj Al Arab hotel. This is definitely one not to be missed.
In the 1950s and 60s, Jean-Thomas "Tomi' Ungerer was one of the most well-known children's authors and illustrators in the US. This was before his dual professional life as the producer of strictly adult books was uncovered.“Far Out Isn't Far Enough” tells his amazing true story, bringing across his zest for life and desire to do things differently.
From Warsaw Business Journal by David Ingham
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