Film ~ Cannes Film Festival

The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival starts tomorrow with an impressive official selection.

These are the five films I’m most excited about this year at the French Riviera.

  1.   Aquarius       Country: BRASIL. Length: 140 mins

Brasilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho directed this feature that follows Clara (Sonia Braga), a retired music critic from an affluent family in Recife, Brasil. As the last resident of the Aquarius building, she vows not to leave until her death. When the management changes, her daily routine is disrupted. Thinking of moments from the past, present and future the plot develops around her journey.

2. Julieta¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Country: ESPA√ĎA. Length: 96 mins

Spanish film director Pedro Almod√≥var focuses on Julieta (Adriana Ugarte) and her daughter living in Madrid. Suffering in silence with themes of grief and abandonment, there’s a struggle to survive the complexity of life. It’s the moments we encounter that help to determine what’s important and what doesn’t matter.

3. The Handmaiden, a.k.a. Agassi  Country: REPUBLIC OF KOREA. Length: 141 mins

Set in 1930s Korea, a new girl Sookee (Min-hee Kim) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, Hideko residing in a secluded area of the countryside. Imagine the fun as secrets unfold in this madhouse because of unexpected emotions. As always South Korean film  director, Chan-wook Park keeps the drama and romance going with his cinematic technique of smooth transitions and shots to entertain the eye.

4.  Personal Shopper            Country: FRANCE. Length: 105 mins

French film director, Olivier Assayas selected Kristen Stewart to star as Maureen, a millennial working a job she hates (big shocker there!) while trying to pay for her stay in Paris. Windows into the world of fashion’s underground scene are revealed as the film progresses.

5. The Last Face                   Country: UNITED STATES. Length: 131 mins

A love affair between a relief-aid doctor, Dr. Miguel Leon (Javier Bardem) and a director of an international aid organization, Dr. Wen (Charlize Theron) face challenges while in war-torn Liberia. In an attempt to keep their love alive, passion and the value of life intensify because of conflicting conditions. American filmmaker, Sean Penn captures hearts with this script which was created in short amount of time. Get ready to be impressed!


Art ~ Latin American Flare

The concept of contemporary art is often questioned by many in New York.

Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today exhibition challenges creative approaches of artists to depict reality.

Imagine getting lost in the Latin color blend.
Imagine getting lost in the Latin color blend.

There are about 40 artists featured who convey cultural, social, economic and political aspects¬†in their works. Themes of conceptualism, political activism, modern and participation are prominent within the pieces.¬†Fifteen¬†different Latin countries portray, development and progress throughout historical periods. It becomes¬†clear that it’s possible to explore alternative creative thinking for the future.

The exhibition is open at the Solomon R. Gugghenheim Museum, located at 1071 Fifth Avenue by 89th St. until October 2014.


Travel ~ For A Better Future

World communication is an essential part of reaching out for international development. It’s worth fighting for social change and striving for education in Nicaragua. Central America has a lot to offer if only we can help and foster their future by bringing skills to local communities. There is potential for progress within the Latin infrastructure. Any donations would be very much appreciated from anyone, click here. Thank you.