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3:10 to Yuma (1957)

By Jacob Mertens.  In film, there is often a feeling of moral certainty. A protagonist has a line drawn for him by cultural expectations and he knows not to cross it, lest he find himself the villain of his own story. However, if any genre has been poised over the years to subvert these expectations […]

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AFI 2013 Festival Report

By Gary M. Kramer. At this year’s AFI Fest, a quartet of international narrative features depicted the realism of everyday life, as various characters struggled with drama big and small. However, one film reversed that logic. The naturalistic approach of the filmmakers to their subjects and the remarkable performances by mostly non-professional actors make these […]

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Stranger by the Lake (2013)

By Mark James.  Call it Le Cruising. French filmmaker Alain Guiraudie stages a stripped-down rendition of William Friedkin’s 1980 gay serial killer thriller, set by a lake in the French mountains. Awarded a directing prize at this year’s Cannes, Stranger by the Lake handles its subject much more ably than the still-phobic Pacino vehicle. Guiraudie […]

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The Invisible Cinema of Marcel Hanoun

By Wheeler Winston Dixon. “With poor and derisory resources, with the help and goodwill of those who have worked with me, I have been able to make my films. I have stolen them, torn them from a place in the shadows rarely offered to the Public, forbidden. My films have been removed from the propaganda […]

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Viennale 2013 Festival Report

By Yun-hua Chen.  Viennale 2013 is, as always, a feast of well designed program and an audience-friendly film festival, with events, talks, DJ-set and parties welcome to all audiences. There are well-acclaimed festival feature films such as Closed Curtain (Pardé, Jafar Panahi and Kamboziya Partovi), Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (Nugu-ui Ttal-do Anin Haewon), The Past (Le […]

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Colossal Youth (2006)

By Oana Chivoiu.  Pedro Costa’s landmark is an aesthetic of austerity that resonates with the thematic content in his features dealing with poverty, slum life, and radical limitations. Colossal Youth is a film about loss, a theme that structures the disjointed narrative fluency of the film and anchors its visual practices in photographic stillness and […]

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Peter MacDonald: The Man Who Failed to Change Rambo

  By David A. Ellis. Peter MacDonald was born in London in 1939 and first worked with film for the advertising company Pearl and Dean as a clapper loader. After six months he became a clapper loader for TV, working on a number of productions including Robin Hood, a series for children’s television. He went […]

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Interview with Agnès Varda, AFI Festival

By Gary M. Kramer. Agnès Varda was the guest artistic director at the AFI Festival this year. She screened two of her films—Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) and Documenteur (1981)—as well as programmed four other titles: Pickpocket (Bresson, 1959); A Woman Under the Influence (Cassavetes, 1974); The Marriage of Maria Braun (Fassbinder, 1979) and […]

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Interview with Bernardo Bertolucci, AFI Festival

By Gary M. Kramer.  Bernardo Bertolucci presented a 3-D version of his Oscar-winning film, The Last Emperor (1987), at the 2013 AFI Fest in Los Angeles. At a roundtable at the festival, in which Film International‘s Gary Kramer participated, the director spoke about the film as well as issues of censorship. What do you think of the […]

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Bristol Radical Film Festival 2014

From the 3rd to the 9th of March 2014 the Bristol Radical Film Festival returns with another packed programme of overtly political documentary and fiction film from around the world. From historical classics to contemporary video-activism, short films and feature productions, we show the films that the multiplexes won’t, in the time-honoured tradition of using […]

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