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On “Corporate” Nordic Crime: Natalie Madueño on the Series Follow the Money

By Paul Risker. “It would have definitely been another series had it come out before the financial crisis, or it would have had a different reception,” offers actress Natalie Madueño in reflection of the climate that has invariably impacted the new Danish Series Follow The Money (created by Jeppe Gjervig Gram, 2016). More broadly, Nordic drama has exhibited […]

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The 2016 Tribeca Festival Report

By Gary M. Kramer. The 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, April 13-24, showcased more than 100 features and nearly 75 shorts from 42 countries. The documentaries and foreign films were strongest. Here are reviews of six films—three features, and three documentaries—that were among the more interesting and ambitious films to play at this year’s fest. The […]

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All in the Momentum: Ira Sachs on Little Men

By Amir Ganjavie. One of the great entries at this year’s Berlinale, Ira Sachs’s Little Men centers on the coming-of-age story of two Brooklyn boys who test their friendship after a conflict between their parents. The challenge of this genre is to avoid the usual boy-meets-a-girl trap that often involves a routine portrayal of budding sexuality. Little Men, however, concentrates on two […]

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Liberation in Trapped: A Conversation with Ólafur Darri Ólafsson

By Paul Risker. “The great thing about being an actor from Iceland is that usually you know most of the other actors because it is just a small community,” explains Ólafur Darri Ólafsson. “And so it is an awesome playground to be a part of and to be able to be in.” For Ólafsson who plays […]

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Variety and Unity: Michal Kosakowski on German Angst

By Paul Risker. The question is an integral part of the interview, but equally it was a question that was the spark for Michal Kosakowski, Andreas Marschall and Jörg Buttgereit’s collaboration on the anthology film German Angst (2015). As Kosakowski explained: “Andreas told me about an idea that he’d had for an anthology movie. When he […]

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United 93: A Social Conscience and the Ease of Historicism (A 10th Anniversary Retrospective)

By David Ryan. Before United 93 opened ten years ago, the film’s previews were greeted with varying degrees of stress and grief. Although some theaters threatened to pull the previews to allay the pathos of its audience (the wounds still freshly felt in their hearts), only one New York theater reportedly did. When the film […]

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Iran at the Crossroads of Modernity and Virtuality: Mani Haghighi on A Dragon Arrives!

By Amir Ganjavie. The central questions in Western philosophy concern what is truth, reality, and right or wrong. Major sources of debate for Greek philosophers, these notions have become very problematic in our postmodern virtual world. As Jean Baudriallrd argues, it is no longer truth that shapes reality but rather reality which emanates from the virtual. With […]

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Never Mean: Patton Oswalt’s Film Memoir, Silver Screen Fiend

A Book Review by John Duncan Talbird. Many film lovers will enjoy Patton Oswalt’s new memoir, Silver Screen Fiend, mainly because he’s one of us. He and his friends – “sprocket fiends” all – when they’re not lurking in revival houses or art house cinemas, spend their times arguing in diners about how George Lucas […]

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Film Scratches: Trojan Horse Malware Infecting Us All – H. by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia

Film Scratches focuses on the world of experimental and avant-garde film, especially as practiced by individual artists. It features a mixture of reviews, interviews, and essays. A Review by David Finkelstein. H. (2014), a haunting and poetic new feature by Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia, presents motifs from the story of Helen of Troy that are re-imagined in […]

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Baskin: Blurred (Genre) Vision from Turkey

By Sotiris Petridis. Baskin (2015), the directorial feature film debut of Can Evrenol, is a modern Turkish horror film that deserves the attention of every horror aficionado, even if from a less likely country of origin. The film is based on Evrenol’s 2013 short film, which shares the same title (Baskin in Turkish means raid […]

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