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Nightmares from LA and von Trier: 2018 Cannes, Week Two

By Ali Moosavi. It is very unusual for Cannes, or indeed any film festival that I care to remember, to provide a warning in the festival program for a particular film. In Cannes this year this honour was bestowed upon Lars von Trier’s The House that Jack Built, shown out of competition. The warning read […]

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“Sickie” Docs and Features: The 20th Maryland Film Festival

By Gary M. Kramer. The 20th Maryland Film Festival, held at the Parkway Theater and various additional venues in Baltimore, took place May 2-6. The program included more than 100 features, documentaries, and shorts. Here are some highlights and lowlights from this year’s festival. Anahí Berneri’ gritty character study, Alanis, introduces Alanis (Sofía Gala), a 25-year-old […]

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At War with Trump, Etc: 2018 Cannes, Week One

By Ali Moosavi. The honor of opening the 71st Cannes Film Festival went to the Iranian director, and multi Oscar winner, Asghar Farhadi’s new film Everybody Knows. This thriller stars the real-life couple Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, plus the always impressive Argentinian actor Ricardo Darin. In the press interview following the film, Farhadi stated that […]

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37th Istanbul Film Festival: Colours of the World on the Silver Screen

By N. Buket Cengiz. The Istanbul Film Festival, organised by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) for the 37th time on 6-17 April 2018, was introduced back in February with a poster in miniature style with characters from cult films such as A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971), Arabesque (Arabesk, Ertem Eğilmez, 1989) Donnie Darko […]

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Faces and Things: 2018 Miami Festival Shorts Program

By Gary M. Kramer. On March 10, the Miami Film Festival will premiere ten short films in two consecutive programs screening at the Tower Theater. The first program, The Things They Left Behind and More Short Films, features three live-action shorts, reviewed below, and one animated short, (Fool Time) Job. All four films address people’s devotion […]

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Northern Lights: The 14th Reykjavík International Film Festival

By Randy Malamud. I didn’t see the Aurora Borealis during my October visit to the Reykjavík International Film Festival, probably because I spent every night at the movies, but I did have some spectacular views of them on screen. “The energy of the planet comes from the north,” says a surfer in Under an Arctic […]

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New York, International: NYFF Shorts 2017

By Gary M. Kramer. The shorts programs at the 55th New York Film Festival are divided into three narrative sections: Narrative, Genre Stories, New York Stories, and there are some real gems among the fiction entries. There is also a Documentary program, but the non-fiction shorts were not previewed. The Narrative film program is uniformly […]

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Highlights from the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival

By Jordan R. Young. To vintage film enthusiasts–more than 28,000 last year–April means it’s time for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The eighth annual event took place over three days and four nights in Hollywood this past April, where attendees feasted on a staggering number of films and an impressive lineup of special guests. This […]

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A Tool for Travelling: Transatlantyk Festival, Łódź (14 – 21 July 2017)

By Alex Ramon. Now in its seventh year, Poland’s Transatlantyk Festival remains a spearheading festival in a country that, despite its current volatile political climate, doesn’t yet lack for dynamic, high-profile cultural events: these range from Wrocław’s New Horizons to Gdynia Film Festival to Bydgoszsz’s Camerimage. Relocated from Poznań to Poland’s prime film city, Łódź, […]

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Art Film Fest 2017: 25 Years

By Robert Buckeye. Art Film Fest in Košice, Slovakia (16-24 June) provided greater opportunities for those who seek out film however they can by screening films that were seen recently and awarded at Cannes, Berlin and Venice, including Sebastián Lelio’s A Fantastic Woman, which won the prize for Best Screenplay at Cannes, Ildiko Enyedi’s On […]

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