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The 2015 Oscars and the Curious Case of the Missing Moldovans: Anatol Durbală’s What a Wonderful World

By Brandon Konecny. As we gear up for Academy Awards, it’s important to note the countries not taking part in this all-too-American enterprise. There are the usual absentees, such as Belarus, Tajikistan, Bhutan, and Armenia; but then there are the countries we were certain would submit something. In this case, that unanticipated absentee is Moldova. […]

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The 2015 DOKU.ARTS Festival

By Yun-hua Chen. DOKU.ARTS, after its seven-year residence in Amsterdam and Brazil, returned to Berlin and has stayed here since 2012. The event focuses on documentaries exploring art and artists, some of which, such as Saving Mes Aynak and The Chinese Mayor this year, follow the project in a longitudinal manner. What is unique about […]

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Gasping for Air: Moonwalkers

By Elias Savada. The other day North Korea exploded what it called a hydrogen bomb, when, in reality (we’re told), it wasn’t all that big, or as Trevor Noah of The Daily Show said, “They farted.” The flatulence is equally noticeable in the meandering, awkward conspiracy theory comedy Moonwalkers, making its rounds in theatres and on […]

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Rereading The Wire: police procedural, social games and the magic of blood

By Rajko Radović. Blood has been shed on the asphalt at night. We see it in close-up as thin red lines spreading in all directions into the darkness and the ghetto, and then the blood becomes what it really is in the cult American series The Wire – pulsating wires of electronic surveillance devices and […]

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From Terror to the Personal: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon on Me, Earl and the Dying Girl

By Paul Risker. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s journey into the spotlight with Me, Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) began with his directing second unit photography for master filmmaker Martin Scorsese (Casino, 1995) and working alongside contemporary star directors: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Babel, 2006), Kevin Macdonald (State of Play, 2009 and The Eagle, 2011) and Ben Affleck (Argo, […]

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The Stooped Grandfather from Hell – Burroughs: The Movie

By Christopher Sharrett. William S. Burroughs is often regarded as the King of the Beats, the central figure of the Beat Generation who mentored Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, telling them what books to read. Or he is seen as the ultimate loon of American literature, shooting and killing his wife and abandoning his son […]

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Subtle and Formidable: Mustang

By Elias Savada. The emotional stability of five delightfully effervescent sisters is mightily tested in Mustang, a biting and anguishing indictment of conservative religious ideology set in present day northern Turkey. It’s a powerful debut feature from Deniz Gamze Ergüven, a Turkish-born cinephile educated in Paris and Johannesburg, who displays an incredible aptitude to capture a […]

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Collaborating on Conflict: Tobias Lindholm and Pilou Asbaek on A War

By Paul Risker. What is a list of titles that comprises a filmmaker or actor’s filmography if it is not a series of footsteps on a journey? A War (2016) represents a continuation, of two sets of footprints side by side as writer/director Tobias Lindholm and actor Pilou Asbaek continue their exploration of warfare and conflict. […]

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Filming Addiction: Steven McCarthy on O Negative

By Tom Ue. Steven McCarthy was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. An actor, musician, and theatre director, he appeared in Kate Melville’s Picture Day (2012), which played the Toronto International Film Festival. O Negative (2015), his directorial debut, follows a man (McCarthy) who tries to care for and find shelter for a young woman (Alyx […]

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Fragments of the Past in Pastoral: To Die in the Country

By Giuseppe Sedia.  In a certain way, Shûji Terayama never reached a point in his career when he felt the need to retrace his childhood. More truly, his multidisciplinary body of work, taken as whole, can be considered as an uninterrupted meditation on his past. Nevertheless, the Japanese cineaste never adopted a extremist, Godard-esque autobiographical stance or […]

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