Robert Keser is Senior Lecturer in Cinema Studies at the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts in Aqaba, Jordan. He has written for the Pesaro Film Festival (Italy), the Jeonju Film Festival (South Korea), the Las Palmas International Film Festival (Spain), and the Melbourne Cinémathèque (Australia). He wrote thirty-two entries in Defining Moments in Movies, edited by Chris Fujiwara, and more of his film writing can be found at Senses of Cinema, Slant, and other publications.
“It’s so twenty-first century!” Was it coincidence that at least five festival films featured insistent cell-phone ringing onscreen, mocking transgressors in the audience? Actually, such acoustic violations were not a[…]