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The Arbor (2010)

By Jacob Mertens. If art is a reflection of our lives, then what becomes of art when we look at it through its own prism? In Clio Barnard’s genre-defying The Arbor, we see the artistic process fold in on itself, like a complex origami machination of narrative and documentary that feels revelatory and off-putting at […]

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Film International 51: coming soon

I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE! Insane cinema ‘Psychiatry quit defining madness after widespread experiments exposed shocking errors in diagnosis. Sanity is indexed to reality but reality is cultural and transient, of no fixed abode. ‘Well adjusted’ to what: 1930s Berlin or 1960s San Francisco? Elwood P. Dowd: […]

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The Tunnel (2011)

By Carolyn Lake. Enjoying its world premiere on May 18 at Sydney’s Popcorn Taxi, Carlo Ledesma’s Australia indie horror flick, The Tunnel, has already garnered an audience of over seven hundred thousand, and that’s just the downloads. The brainchild of writer-producers Enzo Tedeschi and Julian Harvey, The Tunnel took an ambitious distribution approach, releasing it […]

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Liverpool Arabic Film Festival (LAFF) 2011

By Omar Kholeif, Film Programme Curator. Curatorial Statement FACT is delighted to announce its expanded collaboration with the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival (LAAF), with the first formal incarnation of the Liverpool Arabic Film Festival (LAFF). Presenting a broad programme of new film releases alongside re-mastered classics, the programme presents hard-hitting drama with gripping documentary, and […]

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57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, May 5-10, 2011 | Beyond Competition: Archive and Discourse, Part II

By Shekhar Deshpande. This is the second of two parts about the Oberhausen festival. Read Part I here. The five seminar-workshop sessions organized by the festival this year, in the cozy but somewhat inadequate ‘Festival Space’ across the theater that holds most of the screenings were focused on different aspect of marketing than the usual […]

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57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, May 5-10, 2011 | Beyond Competition: Archive and Discourse, Part I

By Shekhar Deshpande. This is the first of two parts about the Oberhausen festival. Read Part II here. ‘The More festivals spring up, the more necessary it becomes to strengthen the ability to differentiate’, says the Festival Director of the 57th Oberhausen Short Film Festival, Dr. Lars Henrik Gass. With short films as its defining […]

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Film as politics

By Joacim Blomqvist. The Swedish general elections of September 2010, confirmed that Sweden is becoming a less tolerant society in many ways. For the first time a xenophobic nationalist party entered the parliament of a country that has long been perceived, in an international perspective, as a transparent and democratic society. The Sweden Democrats won […]

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Xavier Dolan’s Heartbeats: Style over Substance

By William Frasca. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Xavier Dolan’s Heartbeats simply because I was able to recognize very early in the film he put “style over substance.” Not to say that there is not a message in the film about love and friendship, but that he recognizes the many stylistic […]

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The director who must (not?) be forgotten: Elio Petri and the legacy of Italian political cinema, Part 2

By Larry Portis. This article was originally published in Film International 46, vol. 8, no. 4, 2010. We republish it here in homage to our most valued and missed collaborator Larry Portis who passed away suddenly on June 4, 2011. Read Part 1 here. In the first part of my assessment of Elio Petri’s work […]

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The director who must (not?) be forgotten: Elio Petri and the legacy of Italian political cinema, Part 1

  By Larry Portis. This article was originally published in Film International 44, vol. 8, no. 2, 2010. We republish it here in homage to our most valued and missed collaborator Larry Portis who passed away suddenly on June 4, 2011, age 67. Read Part 2 here. The great political dilemma of our time is […]

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