You Don’t Know What Love Is

By Daniel Garrett. The book Annie Proulx’s short story ‘Brokeback Mountain’ is amazing: detailed, observant, naturalistic and smart, it is a story about men and land and love and society – in Wyoming, a state of mountains and valleys, greenlands and deserts. Annie Proulx’s language is mostly spare, though a […]

Let’s Kill the Moonlight in Electric Park: a Futuristic Interpretation of Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg’s Dear Wendy

By Angela Tumini. Introduction There were times in Europe when the traditions of the past were thrown aside and rejected in favor of the spirit of experimentation, and when manifestos were a recurrent avant-gardist feature expressed in extreme rhetoric, intended for shock value in order to achieve a revolutionary effect. […]

29th Vancouver International Film Festival, October 2010

By James Udden. It is hard to imagine a film festival better run that the Vancouver International Film Festival, now completing its 29th year during the first two weeks of October 2010. Hardly the largest or the most famous of film festivals, this does not seem to concern the organizers, […]

Festival International du Documentaire de Marseille, July 7-12, 2010

By Philip Cartelli. “Everything is burning. The universe is burning. I am burning.” So repeats the main character in Reason, Discussion and a Story (Jukti Takko Aar Gappo, 1974), one in a retrospective of films by the idiosyncratic Indian-Bangladeshi filmmaker Ritwik Ghatak (1925-1976) at this year’s Festival International du Documentaire […]

The 15th Annual San Francisco Silent Festival, July 15-18, 2010

By Janine Gericke. The 15th Annual San Francisco Silent Festival did not disappoint, offering everything from the genius of George Méliès to the majesty of a newly restored Metropolis. This year’s theme seemed to echo that of previous years: What’s lost has now been found. Friday’s Amazing Tales from the […]

Il Cinema Ritrovato, June 26 to July 3, 2010, Bologna, Italy

By Patrick Keating and Lisa Jasinski. Organized by the Cineteca Bologna, “Il Cinema Ritrovat” honors forgotten films rediscovered in the world’s archives, along with recently restored prints of major classics. For eight days in the summer of 2010, an international crowd of moviegoers ambled the porticoed streets of Bologna, a […]

Silverdocs Film Festival, 21–27 June, 2010

A Report by Gary M. Kramer. This year’s slate included several strong entries about family – especially from Latin America, as well as a pair of offbeat portraits from Finland. Breakdancing provides an element of escape for José Antonio Zúñiga Rodriguez – “Tono” for short – a wrongly imprisoned Mexican […]