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Love Dialogue: Céline Sciamma on Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Incandescent filmmaking of the highest order, the kind that burns into your mind upon first viewing it only to later reveal it has permanently branded you with its soul-reaching flame, Céline Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lay on Fire,” an 18th century lesbian romance between a bright painter and her strong-willed subject, unquestionably turns the French …

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True to the Experience: Eliza Hittman on Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Upon learning that in the state of Pennsylvania parental consent is required for an underage girl to have an abortion, 17-year-old Autumn (Sidney Flanigan) sets out to resolve her unwanted pregnancy elsewhere with the unconditional support of her cousin Skylar (Talia Ryder) in Eliza Hittman’s strikingly subdued “Never Rarely Sometimes Always.” Deftly humanistic, not unlike …

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AFI Fest 2019: Highlights From Around the World

Great change came to AFI Fest this year in the form of paid admissions. For the first time in a decade, LA audiences who had grown accustomed—for better or worse—to watching a curated selection of international titles and awards-bound fare free of charge, were now asked to purchase tickets. Although the festival has expressed the …

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AFI Fest 2019: Richard Jewell

White heroes who have achieved accolade for doing what they were supposed to in accordance with an agenda that skews heavily conservative, preoccupy veteran director Clint Eastwood like no other subjects—even more so than those characters he picks to play himself as an actor. In “Richard Jewell,” his latest based-on-true-events outing, the object of his …

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A Language Possessed and Reconquered: Mati Diop on Atlantics

Dakar, a coastal West-African city flanked by the Atlantic Ocean, serves as an entry and departure port for souls with sights set on horizons beyond their grasp. Migration flows undisrupted through the waters even if what the tide brings in return is often bad news of lost vessels. On land in the Senegalese capital, those …

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The Golden Cage Loses Its Shine: A Personal Reflection on Gregory Nava’s El Norte

We are highlighting content for National Hispanic Heritage Month all week, including this interview with “El Norte” director Gregory Nava and upcoming interviews with Pablo Larrain, and Edward James Olmos, as well as a piece on Roger Ebert’s writing about Hispanic culture in film and the personal essay below by Carlos Aguilar. A few thousand miles north of where I was …

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Joanna Hogg on The Souvenir, Painting the Structure of a Film in Watercolors and More

A visual artist who writes in images more literally than most, British auteur Joanna Hogg has decisively disowned some of the creative chains pertinent to fiction storytelling. Her severance with traditionally formatted screenplays and strictly rehearsed acting came as the result of over a decade in scripted television, where her directorial influence over the material …

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