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Review: MADAM YANKELOVA'S FINE LITERATURE CLUB, Very Strange Dark Comedy

Guilhad Emilio Schenker's debut feature is a strange, beguiling affair.

Notes on Streaming: JINN, Battling Spirits, Courting Controversy in Jordan

What constitutes 'immoral scenes' where you live?

Frontières 2019: Market Projects Announced

As the Fantasia Film Festival draws near we have been waiting to hear from our friends at the Frontieres co-production market. From its humble beginnings sequestered to a tiny classroom above the Hall Auditorium to now filling that very place...

LOBO FEROZ (FEROCIOUS WOLF): Spanish Language Remake of BIG BAD WOLVES Underway

Variety reported this weekend that there will be a Spanish language remake of Big Bad Wolves, the rather spectacular Israeli thriller from Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. The working title is Lobo Feroz (Ferocious Wolf).   The revenge-thriller tracks a...

Frontières Announces Cannes 2019 Platform, Genre Goodies Abound

In recent years, Frontières has become the premiere co-producing platform and market for fantastic genre cinema. If you have a horror, scifi, or supernatural film idea, Frontières is the place for you, and it's become one of the highlights of...

WORKING WOMAN Interview: Director Michal Aviad Talks Conflict, Collaboration and a Tough Cultural Change

Now playing in New York City at the IFC Center, Marlene Meyerson JCC of Manhattan, Working Woman is a timely and powerful "fictional account [that] left me shaken and disturbed," as I wrote in my review. It revolves around Orna...

Review: WORKING WOMAN, Just Let Her Work, Man

Liron Ben Shlush stars in Michal Aviad's stirring drama about sexual harassment on the job.

Blu-ray Review: 24 FRAMES Mischievously, Compellingly Lulls to the End of Abbas Kiarostami's Life, Career

Though not always a popular talent in his homeland, or even abroad, it’s fair to assess Kiarostami as a kind of “filmmaker’s filmmaker”.  Jean-Luc Godard has said, "Film begins with D.W. Griffith and ends with Abbas Kiarostami." Godard is always...

Notes on Streaming: Gregg Araki's NOW APOCALYPSE, Singapore's GRISSE, Turkey's IMMORTALS

We've got it all: young people, historical action, and Turkish vampires.

Rotterdam 2019 Review: CAPERNAUM Delivers A Magnificent Punch

Last Friday, at the 2019 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the audience award went to a film which managed to score an average of 4.8 out of 5. That film was writer-director Nadine Labaki's Capernaum, and while it...

Review: Nuri Bilge Ceylan's THE WILD PEAR TREE Sings Superb Post-College Blues

As always with Celyan's films, watching his latest feels like reading a good, dense book, filled with rich characters and delicious philosophical musings.

Frontières 2019: Cannes Buyers Showcase And Frontières@Fantasia Open For Submissions

The call went out before this past weekend, Frontières' co-production market and buyers showcase are now accepting submissions.    The Buyers Showcase, a presentation of works-in-progress films, happens during the Cannes Film Festival in France. The always popular co-production market,...

Noe's CLIMAX And Local Short Banned In Lebanon, The EFFF Issues Statement on Censorship

While it's not what I would call surprising to hear of films being banned in the Middle East it is still frustrating and concerning to hear that the Maskoon Film Festival in Lebanon - a recently joined member of the...

Mumbai 2018 Preview: 15 Films To Catch At India's Biggest Film Fest

The 20th edition of India's biggest film event, the Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star (a bit of an unwieldy name that folks usually shorten to "MAMI"), opens this Friday October 26th, with one of its most expansive line...

Criterion in January 2019: MIKEY AND NICKY, 4 MONTHS, 24 FRAMES, NOTORIOUS, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

The new calendar year brings a quintet of anguished delights for home video cinephiles from the Criterion Collection. Yes, what better way to recuperate from the expected winter holiday hangovers than by settling back and reassessing your life by watching...

Fantastic Fest 2018: Wrap and Index of Films We Really, Really Liked

We have no grand pronouncements to make about this year's edition of Fantastic Fest, except to say that we (mostly) wrote only about films that we really, really liked. Here's our wrap (as of this moment) of our reviews and...

Fantastic Fest 2018 Review: MADAM YANKELOVA'S FINE LITERATURE CLUB Beguiles, Strangely

The air of a fairy tale blows throughout, swirling hither and thither, as Sophie and Hannah search for a suitable man. It is not just any man they seek, however. He must be good-looking, someone their peers will look upon...

Locarno 2018 Review: M Exposes a Harrowing Spiral of Abuse With a Touching Personal Story

Director Yoalnde Zauberman investigates a shocking, albeit rampant issue in a cloistered community of Orthodox Jews in her latest documentary.

FrightFest 2018: THE RANGER Opens, CLIMAX Closes Record-Breaking 19th Edition, Full Line-Up Announced

The full line-up for Arrow Video FrightFest 2018, the 19th edition of the London-based horror extravaganza, has just been announced and it is bursting at the seams with epic fear-infused awesomeness. Jenn Wexler's post-modern punk slasher The Ranger will open...