Twitter handle: @alivonschnabel
City I call home: Melbourne
Genre/style/region of cinema I am most passionate about: Documentaries, contemporary Australian drama, and films from Western Europe/Scandinavia, because I like the emotional tones that are represented so uniquely, and also because I have fetishised the languages and accents.
A film that changed me/my mind is: The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, the very first art-house/foreign film I watched when I was a teenager. It showed me that, when it comes to film, there is always something to be gained from branching out. Also, I cried heaps.
MIFF 2015 film I’m most looking forward to: I’d have to say Tangerine – it looks so bombastic, fresh and hilarious (also it has Ziggy from The Wire).
I’m looking forward to Critics Campus because: Immersing myself in film for a solid week is a dream come true!
Cinema excites me because: It is almost limitless in its scope for creativity, and can be both extremely innovative and reassuringly familiar all at once.
Favourite Critic and why: Stephanie Zacharek from The Village Voice – I find her style to be so aspirational; she has a brilliantly funny conversational tone that is masterful and accessible all at once.
A publication I’d one day like to write for: It’s probably fickle, but I can’t deny it: I’d say The Village Voice on the basis that it would allow me to move to New York City, and combine a lifestyle dream and a career dream.
What listicle about MIFF would be most likely to go viral? 8 Cannes Selections That You Won’t Believe Didn’t Win. #5 Will Make You Question Traditional Notions of Cinematic Form.
Ali Schnabel reviews Josh and Benny Safdie’s Heaven Knows What – along with three other critics.