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Haneke Does Happy: Happy End (Cannes 2017 Review)

By Ali Moosavi. Michael Haneke’s new film Happy End played at the Official Competition section at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Haneke is a Cannes veteran, having won the Palm d’Or for Amour and The White Ribbon, Best Director for Hidden, and Grand Jury Prize for The Piano Teacher. Happy End can be described as a […]

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A Caricature of Godard: Michel Hazanavicius’s Redoubtable (2017 Cannes Review)

By Ali Moosavi. Michel Hazanavicius became a cinema celebrity six years ago at Cannes where The Artist became the sensation of the festival and went on to win several Oscars, including Best Film, Director, and Actor. This year Hazanavicius is back at Cannes, in the Official Competition category with Redoubtable. It is, by any means, a […]

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Be There Demons? A Dark Song Looks for the Answer

By Elias Savada. Grief changes you. It can drive you to do dark and drastic things outside your normal routine. Such aberrations are the creepy core of Irish director Liam Gavin’s moody chamber piece, A Dark Song. This excursion into the realm of magick was influenced by the life and strange times of legendary occultist Aleister […]

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The Splendid “Zone”: Tarkovsky’s Stalker Restoration by Mosfilm

By Anthony Uzarowski. Whenever a film gets digitally restored and reissued after a considerable amount of time passes from its initial release, the first question that comes to mind is: is it still relevant? This is especially true of works by renowned filmmakers, auteurs whose artistic voices defined their own time and whose films contributed to […]

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The Young Girls of Rochefort: Nearly Utopia

By Christopher Sharrett. I somehow conflate in my mind’s eye images of Les Parapluies de Cherbourg/The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort/The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967) with images of my experiences of the late Sixties. This seems odd, since these masterworks by Jacques Demy, although fully-accomplished films, have no real resemblance […]

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International Films abound at the 27th Annual Washington Jewish Film Festival

By Elias Savada. Twenty-seven years on, the Washington Jewish Film Festival remains a vibrant part of the Nation’s Capital scene. As the area’s largest Jewish cultural event, the 12-day program of documentary and narrative movies, running from May 17-28, will feature 63 features and 18 short films representing 25 countries. Screenings, related talks, a concert […]

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The Purification of Rupture: A Conversation with Steven Shainberg

By John Duncan Talbird. In 2002, director Steven Shainberg won a special jury prize at the Sundance film festival for Secretary, his second feature film, an adaptation (with screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson) of Mary Gaitskill’s eponymous and iconic short story. Starring James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Shainberg’s film transformed Gaitskill’s stripped-down story of S&M in the […]

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More Stupid Human Space Tricks – Alien: Covenant

By Elias Savada. Thirty-eight years ago this month, the world experienced a horror like no other. Ridley Scott’s Alien intensely attacked worldwide audiences. No one wanted to swim into the ionosphere. Our species has never been the same. We’ve now survived three sequels and one prequel (2012’s Prometheus) as the man behind this monster franchise (well, […]

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Eldritch Ecstasy!: Everything You Need to Know about Caltiki The Immortal Monster

By Tony Williams. With one exception, this new release does live up to the second part of the above caption. Long revered by devotees of horror, science fiction, and its post-war Italian exponents this notable film of a disputed canonical tradition has not been generally available in a good copy so far. Now, thanks to […]

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Six Windows onto Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe – An Interview with Maria Schrader

By Matthew Fullerton. Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe, Austria’s official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 89th Academy Awards, tells the story of the Austrian writer Stefan Zweig (1881-1942) in exile, from 1936 to 1942. Written and directed by German actress (Aimee & Jaguar, 1999; Deutschland 83, 2015) and director (Love Life, 2007) Maria Schrader, […]

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