IBJ movie night: "Zift"

July 8, 2009
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The upcoming print issue of IBJ will include a preview of the Indianapolis International Film Festival, including our guide to the Best of the Fest. When that hits the stands, you'll also find a rundown of Recommends, If You Have Time, and Skip films at www.ibj.com.

I'll tip my hand on one film: Among the recommended titles is the Bulgarian thriller "Zift." And I'd like you to join me at a screening on July 21 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Here's what I'm saying about the film in that article: 

“Zift." This overstuffed, sadistic, scatological and wildly fun thriller tells of an ex-con (picture a Bulgarian Vin Diesel) who has a very rough time of it after being released from prison. Unfolding in one torturous day, it’s shot in striking black and white and contains a can-you-top-this cast of oddball supporting characters. The perfect fest film to take the action film-loving uninitiated film-fester to.

Interested in seeing this unlikely-to-be-coming-soon-to-a-theater-near-you film for free? I've got a small stack of passes to give away. All you have to do is post below.

I'll pick winners at random and contact you via e-mail.

And if you've been to the Indianapolis International Film Festival before, mention the most memorable films you've seen. (My personal favorites have been the Australian drama "Look Both Ways" and the goofy short "Nevel is the Devil."

Your thoughts?
  • That movie sounds like a lot of fun.

    I, sadly, have never been to the Indianapolis International Film Festival but I always read about every year. I think I'm going to try to attend this year because the lineup is so interesting. Also that Troll 2/Best Bad Movie combo is so intriguing.
  • I am so proud that Indy is home to so many film festivals (Heartland, LGBT film fest, IFF)! Who knew our Midwestern town could offer so much exciting cinema. I have already compiled a long list of films to potentially see based on their descriptions so I am looking forward to using the “Recommends, If You Have Time, and Skip films” list to narrow my selections.
  • I could do a bulgarian Vin Diesel. Does he take his shirt off?? And I do enjoy watching Black and White pictures. It allows you to visualize things that don't show up on screen. Kind of like reading a book.

    I too have never been to IIFF. So I can't tell you a favorite. But I wish I had seen Nevel is the Devil. That sounds very interesting.
  • I've never been to any film festivals. I'd love to see what they're all about.
  • I would love to see Zift and like Jeremy, have not been able to attend a film festival. I think this would be a fantastic opportunity to broaden my Indianapolis experiences.
  • I would enjoy being an audience member of the film festival.
  • I have never attended the festival, but have always intended to go.
  • You had me at unlikely-to-be-coming-soon-to-a-theater-near-you. I've never been to a Film Fest of any sort, which doesn't seem right.
  • Festival is at the IMA this year. Where has it been in years past?
  • This movie seems right down my alley. I would love to go.
  • I've never been to the IFF, but I think I would love it.
  • Sounds like something really different and outside the usual
  • I absolutely love going to the cinema! I have never been to the IFF but I am curious to see what they have to offer.
  • I have never been. I could use some culture!
  • Russia + noir = awesomeness. IIFF is something I've never been able to attend, but sounds like this will be the year.
  • Regretably, I haven't been to the IIFF. I should take my wife on a date - I know she would love it!
  • I love seeing films that aren't the typical Hollywood type movie, but have never had the opportunity to attend the IFF. It sounds great!
  • I think this film sounds very cool. Big fan of Heartland Festival, but have not attended IFF.
  • I have never been to a film festival - we have recently gotten into seeing movie screenings when possible. Would love to be in the pack of 20 tickets (need 2 so my husband can go too).
  • I have never been to the IIFF.
  • I have never been to the IIFF, but this sounds like a lot of fun.
  • Love movies, but have never been to a fest. sounds like a great movie
  • IF I get to the International Film Fest... it will be my first time.
  • I've never been to any film fests, but this sounds like a great movie to start with. Vin Diesel look alike... YUM!
  • I have not been to the festival yet but I do hope to go soon!
  • I 've never been but I would love to go . seniors like to have fun to.
  • I'm still new to Indy and am excited to try out all the great things Indy has to offer. Today's daily email for the IBJ Arts & Entertainment was the first I'd heard of the film festival, and now a link to the festival is saved to my favorites on internet explorer. Can't wait to try it out!
  • I have never attended the IIF but loves me a good night out at the movies.
  • I've never been to any film festival, but this is a great place to start!
  • I'm not here for the free ticket, but to say I'm a little disappointed in how many people on here haven't been to the IIFF so I hope more people will check it out this year. One of my favorite Indy events, I've been to at least one film 2005-08, and plan to go this year to a few screenings. Would suggest checking out the shorts (any of them -- they're screened in groups by theme), documentaries (especially if you love PBS as much as I do), and foreign features.

    Fave films from IIFF: Lonesome Jim (filmed in Goshen, Ind., Casey Affleck and Liv Tyler), In Laws and Outlaws (gay marriage documentary), Plagues and Pleasures of the Salton Sea (documentary I now own on DVD), and West Bank Story (musical short that won an OSCAR a couple years after it was screened at IIFF; only film I've seen where a funny moment resulted from hummus mistakenly heard as Hamas)
  • I have never had the opportunity to go to the IIFF. I hope to make it this year! Sounds like a great time! I love to support the local arts!!!
  • RB, I didn't see them at the festival, but I eventually caught up with Lonesome Jim which I wasn't too big of a fan of. Yet I really did like West Bank Story. I believe that is still avilable on iTunes for just two bucks. That is really funny and worth checking out.
  • I look at things a little differently RB: I'm thrilled that this many previously unexposed film fans are now interested in trying the Indianapolis International Film Festival. Welcome aboard, all. Just remember that, if you go, you should post your thoughts here on You-review-it Monday.
    I'll be picking winners early next week so, by all means, keep the entries coming.
    --u Harry
  • First, please disqualify RB from the drawing, since he/she does not want the free tickets. I do want the free tickets. I have never been to IIFF or any other film festival, though I am planning a Harry Potter-a-thon in my basement before taking my kids to that next one that's coming out.
  • come on lucky number 35....
  • Dear Harry,

    That was my father's name--does this get me any points? I am afraid I have never attend the IIFF, but would like to see this film because I enjoy foreign films and this sounds like an interesting one.

    To all readers, don't waste your time or money on Bruno. It is one joke that lasts and lasts and lasts and lasts and as my father said to me when I first learned knock knock jokes , It was funny the first time you told it child, but the hundredth time is enough!
  • I've been to 5 movies in the last seven days, but I'm sure that none can measure up to this film! I, too, am a IIFF virgin.
  • Lou: I agree with you in that this has exposed more people to the fest -- I would be thrilled if even half of these posters came to at least one screening at IIFF with or without winning a free ticket. :) (Plus it's one more excuse to visit the IMA.)
  • Definitely plan to attend this year, perhaps more than one! (It will be my first time),
    Free tickets would be nice - I'll take a friend and expose them to IFF.

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