Home » October 31st, 2015 Entries posted on “October, 2015”

Dread in the Family: Luciferous

By Elias Savada. An escalating madness is the center of the disturbing world of Luciferous, a slow boil screamer presented at this year’s Spookyfest. The normalcy of city life for young, intelligent professionals Alex and Mahsa, and their vibrant 7-year-old daughter Mina is stretched to the limits of sanity, as demons, whether real or imagined, […]

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Diva Directors Around the Globe: Spotlight on Anne Fontaine

By Anna Weinstein. French filmmaker Anne Fontaine has written and directed fourteen films since her debut in 1993. Her films, Dry Cleaning (1997), How I Killed My Father (2001), and Coco Before Chanel (2009) brought her international attention as a writer-director, and her film Nathalie (2003) was adapted into Atom Egoyan’s widely released Chloe (2009), […]

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When a Room is No Longer Just a Room: An Interview with Eric Khoo

By Amir Ganjavie.  Eric Khoo’s latest film, In The Room, is a tapestry of stories that all take place over several decades in Room 27 of the Singapura Hotel. Sex is the common thread of the tales and through the individual guests of the hotel we can observe all the facets of the human condition: love, […]

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Reviewing the narratively challenged Masaan

By Devapriya Sanyal. To me Masaan (2015) didn’t give the feeling of eternal life flowing by, in its depiction its multifarious stories, set beside the silently flowing Ganges. The river is witness to a love blooming between two young people as also the death of one, it is also the witness to the promise of […]

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FilmInt on the Underground: Simon Anderson and Patrick Walsh on Morning Is Broken

FilmInt on the Underground is a blog dedicated to emerging filmmakers. An Interview by Tom Ue. Directed by Simon Anderson, and produced by Elisabeth Hopper and James Northcote, Morning is Broken was selected as part of the BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival, the British Council fiveFilms4freedom series, the Inside Out Toronto Festival, and mostly recently the […]

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Beyond the Resolution: On the Series Witnesses (Les Témoins, 2015)

By Paul Risker.  From the hustle and bustle of Paris, the stage for Spiral (Engrenages, (2005-)) and Braquo (2009-2014), the new French crime series Witnesses (Les Témoins, (2015)) retreats to the small coastal town of Lille to offer us a change of scenery for the latest serving of Gallic crime drama. And, if as much […]

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Many Selves: The Horror and Fantasy Films of Paul Wegener (2012)

A book review by Tony Williams.  Though mostly well known to western audiences for playing the title characters in The Student of Prague (1913), The Golem (1920), and Rex Ingram‘s The Magician (1926) as well as appearances in Nazi-era films such as Der Grosse Koenig (1941) and Kolberg (1945), Paul Wegener’s cultural significance is virtually unknown […]

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New Age Emptiness: Jose Nester Marquez’s Reversion

By Elias Savada. There’s a glossy bio-tech veneer bubbling up in Jose Nester Marquez’s new feature, Reversion. Despite its high concept sci-fi storyline (co-scripted with Elissa Matseuda, based on a story by Marquez), apparently set in Los Angeles in the very near future, there is a low budget feel that pervades the production. Side-lit actors, spouting […]

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Between Order and Chaos: An Interview with Jerzy Skolimowski on 11 Minutes

By Amir Ganjavie. An out-of-control jealous husband, his sexy performer wife, an immoral Hollywood director, a careless drug messenger, a perplexed young woman, an ex-con hot dog seller, a struggling student on a obscure mission, an elderly sketch artist, a hectic paramedic team, a high-rise window cleaner on an illicit break, and a group of […]

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An Ogre’s Hide: Samad and Foolad Zereh, the Ogre

By Ramin S. Khanjani. For many avid followers of Iranian cinema across the world, the experience of this national cinema justifiably doesn’t go much beyond recent works of festival fixtures such as Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi and now Asghar Farhadi. Now imagine seating these fans in front of a screen to project for them the […]

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