5 ½ hour film dominates awards at Locarno

5 ½ hour film dominates awards at Locarno

From What is Before, a 338-minute film by Filipino director Lav Diaz, has won the Golden Leopard, grand prize of the 67th Locarno Film Festival. The moody and atmospheric black-and-white film depicts rising levels of fear, violence and suspicion in a small village, reflecting the widespread impact of Ferdinand Marcos’ regime, which imposed martial law […]

Shorts at #Locarno67: meditation vs testing the audience’s patience

Shorts at #Locarno67: meditation vs testing the audience’s patience

A guest blog from Mico Tatalovic When the representative of Single Stream, one of the shorts screened here, said ‘hope you enjoy our trashy movie’ I didn’t actually expect it to be about trash. Nor would I have guessed that 23 minutes, without dialogue, of shots of the inside of a recycling plant could be […]

‘The Fool’: A modern propaganda film

‘The Fool’: A modern propaganda film

Dima Nitikin is an honest plumber who lives with his wife and son in his parents’ apartment. Studying architecture in his spare time, he’s what you might call ambitious, but not by his mother’s standards. She berates him and his father for refusing to play the system: when all of the neighbours are stealing to […]

Fidelio, l’odyssée d’Alice: At sea in search of love

Fidelio, l’odyssée d’Alice: At sea in search of love

  A mechanic in the French navy, Alice (Ariane Labed) spends much of her life on board cargo ships. Her new boyfriend Félix, a Norwegian graphic novelist, waits patiently for her at home. She is called to serve on the Fidelio to replace a man who has died on board. Having taken over the dead […]

Shorts at Locarno 2014: Highlights from young talent

Shorts at Locarno 2014: Highlights from young talent

 A guest post from Mico Tatalovic, in Locarno, Switzerland. Strolling through the narrow streets of Locarno, a picturesque lake-side town surrounded by the Alps, on the way to screenings, one feels the buzz and quaintness that come with the festival’s prestige and location – but, perhaps unexpectedly, one also gets a lot of negative vibe […]

Tallgrass Film Festival: Day 2 Preview

Tallgrass Film Festival: Day 2 Preview

Films screen all day at the Orpheum Theatre, Scottish Rite, Central Library, Historical Museum, Garvey Center, Hotel at Old Town and the C.A.C. Theatre at WSU. Click here for Friday’s schedule. Be sure to check out these films with Special Guests: I DECLARE WAR, 1:30 pm at the Orpheum with Director James Lapeyre LOST ON […]

Documentarist 2013 means more in light of Gezi Resistance

Documentarist 2013 means more in light of Gezi Resistance

The 6th Istanbul Documentary Days was blessed with an outstanding location for a documentary film festival: a park which has become a cause and a symbol of an urban uprising movement that has spread to the whole of the country. What makes it even more fantastic is that it was not meant to be so. […]

New Japanese Cinema at ‘Nippon Connection’

New Japanese Cinema at ‘Nippon Connection’

Founded in 1999 by students at the University of Frankfurt, Germany, the Nippon Connection film festival has become the biggest platform for current Japanese cinema outside of Japan. The festival prides itself on the proportion of premieres: in 2012, of 142 shorts and features screened, 42 were world premieres and 14 international premieres. Most of […]

Short and Swede

Short and Swede

  Göteborg is the home of Scandinavia’s most important international film festival, offering one of the world’s most generous prizes: a Dragon Award of 1 million Swedish kronor (nearly 158 000 USD) for Best Nordic Film. But comparatively speaking, the festival’s short film award is even more remarkable: this year, a selection of Swedish films […]

2012 Beneath the Earth Film Fest opens, selects TMA critic as Grand Juror

2012 Beneath the Earth Film Fest opens, selects TMA critic as Grand Juror

The 2012 Beneath the Earth Film Festival kicked off with an international selection of independent films Thursday. This year’s official selection, which includes films from the US, Taiwan, Germany and London, consists of five dramatic shorts, one dramatic feature and one documentary short. Head film critic for The Moving Arts, Eric Armstrong, was selected as one […]

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