With the dark comedy “Teddy Bears,” [now called "The Big Ask"] first-time feature filmmaking duo (and spouses!) Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman revisit the tough year leading up to their marriage for all the world to see. Talk about creative marriage counselling.
Lawrence Michael Levine’s “Gabi on the Roof in July,” with a title that evokes Eric Rohmer and a creative process that resembles Mike Leigh’s long-term structured improvisations, is a kind of negative argument in favor of the auteur theory.
This weekend at AFI FEST in Los Angeles, American audiences will get their first opportunity to take in Kitao Sakurai’s “Aardvark.” Already a staple of the European festival circuit after premiering in Locarno this summer, the film uniquely portrays the real-life relationship between a blind man recovering from alcoholism (Larry Lewis Jr) and his hard-partying Jiu Jitsu instructor (Darren Branch).