Monday, 2 June 2008

Variety's Review

Hi guys,

Here's another update! We just got our poster approved by the censorship board (I'll post the final offical movie poster soon!), and yesterday I went to Cathay to hand them the keyart for the poster, along with our release strategy! As mentioned we will be preselling tickets soon!

I thought it's be nice to post some reviews of the film. Elephant and the Sea has traveled to more than 20 festivals. At last count, I had 21 or 22, some I'd forgotten, but here's a partial list:

Torino International Film Festival
Cinema Digital Seoul Film Festival
Rotterdam International Film Festival
Los Angeles International Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Taiwan International Film Festival
New York Asian American International Film Festival
Hong Kong International Film Festival
Santiago International Film Festival (SANFIC)
Vancouver International Film Festival
Flanders International Film Festival
Denver International Film Festival
Warsaw Film Festival
Blackmovie Film Festival Geneva
Las Palmas International Film Festival
Istanbul International Film Festival
Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival
New Zealand International Film Festival
DIBA Spain International Film Festival

So many festivals! Yes there are hundreds if not thousands of film festivals in the world. Some are better than others. Obviously Cannes, Venice, Berlin are the big three. Then there's Rotterdam, Sundance, Toronto, Karlovy Vary, and so forth. These are good festivals, and they are pretty big and cool too.

Then there are smaller, niche festivals, but this doesn't mean they're "bad", just that they are lower profile, but often times they screen very very good films. my favorites so far: Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, Spain, and Blackmovie Film Festival, in Geneva. I went to both, and had a blast!

For those who don't know, Variety is an American Entertainment based magazine, considered to be the film magazine for everyone in the film industry.

Here are some excerpts from the review:

"The varying effects of an epidemic on a young vagabond and an older fisherman inform Woo Ming Jin’s brilliant “The Elephant and the Sea,” the work of a striking new voice on the East Asian film scene..."

"Pic is consistently marvelous to watch, not only in terms of Woo’s patient staging but also his apt choice of long and closeup shots (superbly lensed in digital video by Chan Hai Liang)..."

Here's the link to the review online:

As Edmund mentions, we've refined the film for the local release, adding more music, some editing, shortening of scenes, etc...

Ok, give me your feedback, if you'd like to help us promote the help! thanks!