This year, we had the opportunity to attend the 2022 Florida Film Festival. Of the films we saw, these five stood out as the must-see choices of the festival. We hope you enjoy it and let us know which are your favorites!
1. 892 (Renamed Breaking after the festival) – Director Abi Damaris Corbin
The film tells the true story of a Marine veteran who robbed a bank in 2017 after he fails to reintegrate into society. The film stars John Boyega (Star Wars) in a role that is surely going to draw awards attention. He brings an extremely complex and emotional character to life, making it difficult to ignore the problems the film delves into. It also showcases Michael K. Williams (The Wire) in the last role he filmed before his passing in 2021. The subject matter and tension make this a must-see film.
Alan’s Rating: 7/10
2. Neptune Frost – Directors Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman
You have never seen a film like the afro-futuristic musical Neptune Frost. The plot of the film follows a relationship between an intersex person and a miner. The two characters lead a revolution with their hacker collective. The nuances are far more eccentric and require audiences to pay very close attention to the story. Williams, renowned for his music and slam poetry, pairs extremely well with Uzeyman. The two create a sonic and visual film, unlike any other, making it one of the most unique films of the past decade.
Alan’s Rating: 8/10
3. The Territory – Director Alex Pritz
A documentary acquired by National Geographic, the film follows an indigenous group making a stand against the logging companies in the Amazon. The immersive ways in which the film is shot, and sound is captured help it stands out from traditional documentaries with similar subjects. The stakes are also made crystal clear, despite a short runtime. The Territory features some truly harrowing sequences that demand attention. This is a story of defiance and of heroism.