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In Search of a Home: Vladimir de Fontenay on Mobile Homes

By Tom Ue. Vladimir de Fontenay’s Mobile Homes follows a young mother (Imogen Poots), her boyfriend (Callum Turner), and her eight-year-old son (Frank Oulton) as they drift from one motel to the next. This nuclear family has been scraping by until they discover a mobile home community which promises an alternative life. De Fontenay’s short films have […]

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Staying in the Present: Brendan Meyer and Sam McCarthy on All These Small Moments

By Travis Merchant. At some point, films focused on teenage characters started growing stale with repeating motifs, themes, and story arcs. It may have been set in stone with the films by John Hughes, such as Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985), and Pretty in Pink (1986). By the 21st century, these types of films […]

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To France with “James Dean”: An Interview with Dominique Choisy

By Tom Ue. My Life with James Dean finds Géraud Champreux (Johnny Rasse), the film’s central protagonist, presenting his first feature film – also titled My Life with James Dean – in Normandy. His box office may be pitiable, but this screening proves life changing. This comedy is Dominique Choisy’s third feature, following Confort Moderne (2000) and […]

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Representation of Women in Israeli Cinema: An Interview with Author Rachel S. Harris

By Anna Weinstein. Rachel S. Harris’s book Warriors, Witches, and Whores: Women in Israeli Cinema (Wayne State University Press, 2017) is a fascinating feminist study of Israeli cinema and changes in the film industry since the 1990s. The book examines film representations of Israeli women, including narratives in classic Israeli films as well as those in […]

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Heroes on the Edge: An Interview with Alexei Uchitel

By Sergey Toymentsev. Alexei Uchitel is the leading Russian director whose features regularly receive awards at international and domestic festivals. He was born to the family of the acclaimed documentary filmmaker Efim Uchitel, who is known for his chronicles about Leningrad’s blockade during World War II. By following the footsteps of his father, he started his […]

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Lakehouse Improvisation: Mikko Mäkelä on A Moment in the Reeds

By Tom Ue. With A Moment in the Reeds, London-based filmmaker Mikko Mäkelä seeks to fill the queer void in Finnish cinema: he returns, imaginatively and literally, to his native Finland through the character of Leevi (Janne Puustinen), who seeks to help his father Jouko (Mika Melender) repair their lakehouse. There, he meets the asylum […]

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“Animation is in My Blood”: An Interview with Ashkan Rahgozar on The Last Fiction

By Ali Moosavi. Iranian cinema has made its mark on the global film world thanks to film makers such as Kiarostami, Farhadi, Panahi and many other distinguished Iranian film makers who have attracted widespread critical acclaim and won numerous awards and accolades. One branch of filmmaking in which Iranian cinema has not made any impact […]

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“Viewers Have Their Own Pace”: Christophe Charrier on Jonas

By Tom Ue. Much of contemporary crime fiction revolves around the search for resolution rather than solution. Some, such as Epix’s new television adaptation of Joël Dicker’s bestselling novel The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (2018), offers both. Christophe Charrier’s Jonas (also known as Boys) (2018) offers neither. The film interweaves two crucial periods […]

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Ghostly Souls: Soudade Kaadan on The Day I Lost My Shadow

By Roberto Cavallini. Yom Adaatou Zouli (The Day I Lost my Shadow) by Syrian director Soudade Kaadan, was presented as a world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Orizzonti Competition, where it won the prestigious “Lion of the Future, Luigi De Laurentiis award for a debut film”. The film soon appeared at a selection the most […]

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Cinema of Cascades: Victor Kossakovsky on Aquarela

By Yun-hua Chen. Watching Aquarela, a documentary under the section of Out of Competition in Venice International Film Festival, is definitely one of the most inspiring experiences during this year’s program. It is everything that cinema should be and at the same time, something that we have never seen on screen before. Water being the most […]

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