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Ida: The Woman’s Path?

By Christopher Sharrett. The films of Pawel Pawlikowski have only intermittently interested me. I found his Woman in the Fifth (2011) utterly empty. My Summer of Love (2004) had much to recommend it, that is, up to the point where lesbian sex is conflated with psychopathology (the film shares some things in common with Ida, […]

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Benny Loves Killing (2012)

By Jude Warne. Benny Loves Killing is director Ben Woodiwiss’ debut feature British film, and has multiple festival awards to its name, including the award for best horror film at the Oregon Independent Film Festival. Despite this particular genre categorization of the film as a “horror film,” it is up for debate whether it can […]

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Remembering Mani Kaul: A Commemorative DVD Collection

By Elroy Pinto. On the first anniversary of his death, the Films Division of India released a DVD set that features all of Mani Kaul’s documentaries. However, it is important to note that Kaul’s visually formidable Mati Manas (1985) never made it to the DVD. Kaul, born in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, joined the Film and Television […]

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Kill the Messenger: Necessary Politics

By Christopher Sharrett. Michael Cuesta’s Kill the Messenger strikes me as a necessary film at a time when the US political cinema is at a low ebb – excluding the many fine straight-to-DVD documentaries by Robert Greenberg and others, about the criminal wars on the Middle East by the Bush crowd and their successors, the […]

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The Tribe: Filmmaking in a Vacuum

By Zhuo-Ning Su. The Ukranian dramatic thriller The Tribe marks the arrival of a major directorial talent in Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, who delivers a feature debut here that’s artistically challenging, topically provocative, stylistically assured, and an all-around daring, alluring, searing work of vision. Set in an educational institution for the deaf and mute, the entire movie […]

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Van Gogh (1991)

By Christopher Neilan.  Pialat is not celebrated in the US like Truffaut, nor adored in critical circles like Godard and Melville.  He’s a palme d’or winner who emerged in the post-new wave environment – Truffaut, in fact, produced his first feature in 1968 – but one whose rigidly realist, langorously structured, unsentimental minimalist narratives never […]

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Making Reality Work: Before I Go to Sleep

By Jakub Wojnarowski. (Warning: Spoilers ahead.) Every human writes her own story. But how could one make this narrative coherent, if every chapter is being erased as soon as it is ready? That is what happens to Christine Lucas in Before I Go to Sleep (written and directed by Rowan Joffe and based on a […]

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NYFF 2014 Festival Report

By Gary M. Kramer.  The 52nd New York Film Festival (September 25-October 12) showcased 30 features, 15 documentary spotlights, and two shorts programs along with revivals, avant-garde films, and other special events. Here is a rundown of some highlights from the fest. Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye to Language assaults viewers with words, images, text and music. […]

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Land of Hope (2012)

By Eija Niskanen.  Sion Sono, Japanese cinema’s enfant terrible, has delved into the topic of the 2011 Northern Japan 3/11 triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant accident in two of his recent films, Himizu (2011) and Land of Hope/Kibo no kuni. Himizu, based on a manga by Minoru Furuya, does not originally have […]

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BFI London Film Festival 2014: Festival Programme Launch

By Cleaver Patterson. Earlier last month saw the official programme launch for the London Film Festival 2014.  To a packed house at the Odeon Leicester Square, BFI Chief Executive Amanda Nevill introduced the festival’s director, Clare Stewart, who went on to reveal a sample of the films which will show at this year’s event. Over […]

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