Borscht Film Festival: The Good, the Bad, and the WTF
When Borscht 8 wrapped up Saturday night, just about every person pouring out of the Arsht Center had a smile on his face.
Waiting for Berta by Laimir Fano
The festival, which screened 20 films in total, drew a sizable, vocal crowd who cheered on their favorite films and filmmakers. And with good reason -- even if you weren't entirely taken with every single film on the big screen this year (and we weren't), there was something to enjoy about just about every single one of them, from the trippy, minute-long TREX, featuring a cartoon woman knifing a series of objects, to Waiting For Berta, a granny murder plot set against the death of Fidel Castro. (Sadly, Cultist writer Arielle Castillo didn't make the final cut.)
The general consensus: That Borscht's eighth film festival was its most satisfying collection of films to date. Read on to find out why.
Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse
The festival opened with a short clip of "Ronnie Rivera," played by a Borscht intern who looks very little like the real artist and filmmaker Ronnie Rivera (at least the one in this dimension), sobbing, pleading his case, and generally throwing a tantrum in the direction of Chris Bosh and the NBA about the cease-and-desist letters he received about his film. It would've been a perfect response to the behind-the-scenes legal drama on its own. But then Borscht closed the festival with Adventures... anyway, and the crowd went wild. (Fingers crossed they don't actually get sued, though.)
Ed, a wannabe Jackass star who makes viral videos of his own self destruction -- drinking an entire bottle of vodka in one sitting, etc -- decides to set up for a night inside a haunted house while on trippy mind pills. The result is both genuinely funny and spooky as hell. Favorite moment: When a wasted Ed wanders up the staircase, only to notice a ghost slowly descending the stairs toward him. His response: "Nope," then turning back down the stairs to take more pills.
When We Lived in Miami
Amy Seimetz's quiet family drama shouldn't have fit into the Borscht lineup of multidimensional space princes and tripping viral video stars. But if it was out of place, we were too engrossed in its heart-wrenching story and perfectly subdued acting to notice.