by Patch O'Furr
The Ursa Major nominations close on February 28. Send yours to support creativity. Here’s a choice that deserves recognition:
Finsterworld is far from well known. That’s too bad, because even though I gave it a lot of articles, I only just remembered to add it to my nominations. If you like smart movies and don’t hate foreign movies, seek it. (The Facebook page tells me it’s only shown once in Hollywood, and at international festivals where it got lots of awards.)
It’s likely to be the best furry-related feature film there is. I’m sure it’s the only depiction of a capital-f Furry that was ever a possible Oscar contender. (It was short-listed among Germany’s selections for Best Foreign Feature).
I’m not comparing it to huge things from Disney that are totally gateway movies, but aren’t informed by this tiny subculture. Finsterworld has a fursuiter who goes to furmeets. The director used actual fursuits, and research and advice from Germany’s Furry scene.
It’s one reason to recommend a movie, but the real reason isn’t for a Furry movie, it’s for a good movie.
Finsterworld is a very, surprisingly good movie. I had low expectations when a festival director solicited a review and sent me a private screener. I thought it would be just some average indie thing. Nope.