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Various Industries Post-Independence: New African Cinema by Valérie K. Orlando

A Book Review by Cecilia A. Zoppelletto. Charting the recent film industry of an entire continent is an unimaginable task and, even if that could be done, the result would be an encyclopaedic creation of hundreds of pages satisfying merely the need for lists and facts. But is it actually possible to quickly understand the […]

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A New Platform for Chinese Independent Cinema: An Interview with Jia Zhangke and Marco Muller

By Martin Kudláč. A new Chinese film festival emerged this year, Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival, inaugurated in the Ancient City of Pingyao listed on the World Cultural Heritage map. Founded by internationally-recognized Chinese independent writer-director-producer and seasoned festival director Marco Muller, the festival embraced dialogue between Eastern and Western cinema in “the […]

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Luck in Debuting from Georgia: An Interview with Ana Urushadze on Scary Mother

By Martin Kudláč. The emerging Georgian filmmaker Ana Urushadze unveiled her first feature-length directing effort Scary Mother, a Georgian-Estonian co-production made at the prestigious Swiss showcase in Locarno. While introducing her bleak psychological drama about emancipation onto the festival circuit, she nabbed the Swatch First Feature Award at the Concorso Cineasti del Presente section. Scary Mother […]

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A Stilted, Flat Wonder Wheel

By Elias Savada. Woody Allen has gone dumpster diving. His new film, Wonder Wheel, is anything but wondrous. In fact, it stinks. The aging auteur may open his movie with a cloud-specked blue sky framing the aquamarine beach umbrellas and masses of New Yawkers absorbing the sun across every inch of available sand adjoining the Coney […]

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Money, Censorship, and Films of the Chinese Independent Cinema: An Interview with Han Dong

By Martin Kudláč. The inaugural edition of the Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival introduced several emerging filmmakers from the Chinese independent cinema. China produces over 800 films annually and lacks a vital platform to curate new independent production for potential domestic and international releases. Pingyao was founded by successful independent filmmaker Jia […]

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Melville at 100: Le samouraï from Criterion

By Tony Williams. Initially released in 2005, this new edition of Jean-Pierre Melville’s outstanding film has only one new feature to complement those that appeared earlier. They include the 2005 interviews with Rui Nogueira, editor of the classic interview book Melville on Melville (1971), and Ginette Vincendeau, author of the indispensable critical study Jean-Pierre Melville: […]

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Early Programming in the Midwest: Saving Brinton

By Jeremy Owen. Documentaries about cinema are today so numerous that they are close to a genre in their own right and, with a very definite cinema-centric subject matter Saving Brinton puts itself firmly into that canon. Co-directed by Iowa based film-makers Tommy Haines and Andrew Sherburne along with fellow local resident, cinematographer John Richard, […]

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