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Kareem Mortimer: Wild Tales!
By Kareem Mortimer
May 8, 2015 - 5:57:11 PM

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Copenhagen plays everyday from May 8-14th at 6:30 pm Q+A scheduled with producers on Tuesday April 12th. Wild Tales plays everyday from May 8th-14th at 8:45 PM

As storytellers, I think we are all obsessed with the absurdity of life. As Bahamians we are also obsessed with it; it is in our facebook posts “Chile, you wouldn’t believe…”  and in our homes “ Guess what happened to me tonight dread...” Absurdity saves us from boredom. If there ever was a day where nothing extraordinary happened there would be nothing for us to talk about. This week at The Island House Cinema we have two films but, there is one film in particular that takes absurdity to a brand new level- one of my favorite films of the year—the Academy Award nominated Wild Tales.

The Cannes Film Festival website it describes Wild Tales as "Vulnerable before a reality that can suddenly be modified and become unpredictable, the characters of Wild Tales cross the thin line that divides civilization from brutality. A story about love deception, the return of the past, a tragedy, or even the violence contained in an everyday detail, appear themselves to push them towards the abyss, into the undeniable pleasure of losing control.

A year and a half ago I was accepted into the Cine Qua Non screenwriters Lab in Mexico to work on the script for Cargo. The town where we had the lab was Tzintuzan, a lovely town four hours south of Mexico City and in the mountains. There was no television and in order to check your e-mails, you had to walk 30 minutes down the mountain to a café. It was in this magical place I met Mauro Mueller a student Academy award winning filmmaker, brilliant writer and the producer of the Slamdance Award winning film Copenhagen.

Copenhagen tells the story of the immature William who after weeks of traveling through Europe finds himself at a crossroads in Copenhagen. Not just another European city, Copenhagen is also the birthplace of his father. When the youthful Effy befriends the older William they set off on an adventure to find William’s grandfather. Effy’s mix of youthful exuberance and wisdom challenges William unlike any woman ever has. As the attraction builds and William truly connects with someone for the first time in his life, he must come to grips with destabilizing elements of his family’s sordid past.

Copenhagen plays everyday from May 8-14th at 6:30 pm

Q+A scheduled with producers on Tuesday April 12th.

Wild Tales plays everyday from May 8th-14th at 8:45 PM

Reservations must be made at The Island House at 242.698.6300

Email: cinema@the-island-house.com

About the author: Kareem Mortimer is an award winning filmmaker and artist who has completed several films including Children of God, Wind Jammers, Passage, Float and The Eleutheran Adventure. He is the President of the production company Best Ever Film and is the curator of the film program at The Island House Cinema, a boutique 48 seat theater in Western New Providence dedicated to showcasing the best in independent, foreign, art, Caribbean and Bahamian film. He is also in development of the feature film Cargo.



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