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Small Town Texas Lite: A Country Called Home

By Elias Savada. Doused with a familiar, filial melancholy, A Country Called Home is a bittersweet tale of a 25-year-old woman coming to grips with the ghosts in her estranged family’s closet. Music video helmer Anna Axster directed, co-wrote (with Jim Beggarly) and was a producer on her low budget, slow-cooking first feature. It’s the story […]

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Keeping it Bleak, and Feminist: Gilles Paquet-Brenner on Dark Places

By Paul Risker. Neither is the final version of a film nor the path of the filmmaker a collection of exclusive deliberate creative choices. Writer/director Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s breakthrough came with Sarah’s Key (2010), a story that follows one woman’s journey into the past that has subsequently been echoed by Dark Places (2015). On reflection of this […]

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The Best and the Most Overrated of 2015

By Film International. The editors’ Top 10 and Overrated 10 include films that were released in the editors’ respective regions during 2015. They have been selected by Daniel Lindvall (editor-in-chief, based in Stockholm, Sweden), Jacob Mertens (review and festival editor, based in Madison, WI, USA) and Matthew Sorrento (interview and book review editor, based in […]

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Fleeting Reconciliation: Colliding Dreams

By Elias Savada. The nightmare that surrounds the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the Middle East has never been an easy one to suppress. It’s been one step forward, two steps back for too long. A peaceful solution seems distant to proponents of the competing ideologies. Or to just the plain bystander. Colliding Dreams cuts to the heart […]

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A Look Back at Edge of Seventeen

By Gary M. Kramer Edge of Seventeen is writer Todd Stephens’ seminal and semi-autobiographical 1988 coming out film. Directed by David Moreton (after Stephens stepped down), the film concerns Eric (an excellent Chris Stafford), who comes to terms with his sexual identity in 1984 Sandusky, Ohio. Eric’s best friend is Maggie (Tina Holmes), but working […]

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The Deceptively Simple Magic of Only Yesterday (1991)

by John Duncan Talbird. At the midpoint of Isao Takahata’s animated Only Yesterday (1991) narrator-protagonist Taeko gives us a lesson on the making of rouge: on the picking of the safflower, on its pounding to mush, on its drying in the sun in little discs. She tells us of the historical significance of the plant, […]

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What Does Tomorrow Bring?: Emily Ting on Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong

By Tom Ue. Emily Ting graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She was previously mostly known for her producing work. Ting produced the feature The Kitchen (2012), an ensemble comedy directed by Ishai Setton and starring Laura Prepon, Bryan Greenberg, and Dreama Walker. Recently, Ting produced Stephen Suettinger’s A Year and Change (2015), […]

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Not Quite Dark Enough

By Elias Savada. Dark is another day (and night) in the life of a West Virginny girl in the Big City. It begins with a lesbian couple au naturel yet, also, oh so much in despair. Their lovemaking could be interpreted as break-up sex (at least for one of them). Soon 32-year-old commitment-phobic, former model […]

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CGI and the Audience: Things Better Left Unsaid

By Fred Wagner. The Show of Shows (2015), a recently released documentary made out of archive footage shows the lost world of the circus – a cornucopia of acts the like of which were once the vanguard of kitsch but that now seem so alien you can look at them like you sometimes would an […]

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The Battle for Fair Remuneration: A Slovenian Drama with International Consequences

By Edgar Tijhuis. Sometimes it seems like time stood still in Slovenia. In 2009 Variety magazine reported about a “royalty battle” in central and eastern Europe. Television producers and other rights-holders of audiovisual material, were allegedly losing up to 10 million euros a year in royalties, as the international collecting agency AGICOA[1] was kept out […]

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