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Film Scratches Blog #3

By Liza Palmer, Review Section Editor. Happy holidays 2011, all! The excitement of the season can now be translated into the new Film International call-for-reviews list! Thanks, as ever, for your support of and service to Film International. And good health and best wishes to you and yours. Film International is actively seeking reviews for publication […]

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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

By Carolyn Lake. The much anticipated adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s award-winning novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin, has become one of this year’s must-see films. Director and co-writer Lynne Ramsay has created a sensory feast that leaves you feeling ill, as it should. Tilda Swinton does a truly exceptional job of playing Eva, the […]

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EPFF6: Sixth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival, 3-6 November 2011

By Yun-hua Chen. Organised by The Institute of Psychoanalysis under the Honorary Presidency of Bernardo Bertolucci, the Sixth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival is a miniature film festival with the specific theme of “Border-Crossing: Migration Across National and Mental States”. It is curated by Andrea Sabbadini and hosted at BAFTA, London, with 11 European films along […]

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Preaching Brimstone in Camp Hell

By Cleaver Patterson. Camp Hell (2010) is not as the title may suggest an expose of the outer fringes of gay culture. What we have instead is something often anomalistic within the genre in which it comes – a horror film which attempts to be serious. Whether it succeeds or not is open to conjecture. […]

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A Desecrating Mirth: Ken Russell (1927-2011)

By Celluloid Liberation Front. ‘We don’t want to disrupt taxpayers from the benefit of cultural democracy, do we?’ (Museum Guard in Savage Messiah) British cinema lost with Ken Russell a vital antibody to its gangrenous pragmatism and aesthetic sclerosis. Russell’s imaginative exuberance has represented a refreshing if erratic presence within the parochial insularity of the […]

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Red Dog (2011)

By Carolyn Lake. Kriv Stenders’ Australian box-office hit of the year, Red Dog recently cleaned up at the Inside Film Awards – Australia’s “people’s choice” awards – winning in seven of the nine categories it was nominated in, including Best Director, Best Actor (Josh Lucas), Best Cinematography (Geoffrey Hall), and Best Feature Film. Since its […]

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The Man with the Video Camera: an interview with Alain Cavalier

By Santiago Rubín de Celis. The films by Alain Cavalier (born in Vendôme, France, in 1931) are the result of a process of slow, soft erosion. For more than fifty years – from his Nouvelle Vague-style short film Un Américain (‘An American’, 1958) to his 2009 feature, Irène, which is a sort of ‘film-spell’, a […]

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A Dangerous Method (2011)

By Bryan Nixon. Director David Cronenberg is an auteur of flesh cinema whose films consistently examine the psychology of sex, violence, and regeneration. Having made films such as the voyeuristic Videodrome (1983), the mutating mad scientist thriller The Fly (1986), the gynecologic Dead Ringers (1988), the drug and bug infested Naked Lunch (1991), and the […]

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