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On the Screen  

Zaza Urushadze’s Tangerines                       A Paean to Peace                                                     A joint effort between Estonian producer Ivo Felt and Georgian co-producer, director, and writer Zaza Urushadze, set in the heart of Abkhazia, brings a powerful submission to the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes alike as it re-thinks the war-film genre within the pastoral setting of a long history of Estonian farmers and winemakers in Abkhazia more…

Lisandro Alonso’s Jauja                                A Patagonian Fábula                                              Viggo Mortensen talks about producing, playing the leading role, and composing the score for his second film made in Argentina.  Fluent in Spanish and Danish, and an old friend of the film’s screenwriter, poet Fabián Casas, he adds a new touch to Alonso’s prize-winning oeuvre with his acting, music, and dialogue more…

Behind the Scenes

Silence in Dreamland                                      Suspended in Time and Space                                Tito Molina talks about making his first feature film, shot in his home town of Portoviejo, Ecuador, about the music and poetics of cinema, about immersing himself in nature’s azar, and about playing with the codes for cinematic time. Ecuador's entry for the Academy Awards Best Foreign-Language Film, it takes us to the heart of daily life for an elderly woman alone  more…

The Nightingale in China                               On the Road with Philippe Muyl                            From Beijing to Guangxi, the first co-production between China and France by a French director carries viewers across the generation gap in the city and the countryside alike as tradition takes a back seat to changing lifestyles in a faster, hi-tech, capital-driven economy even for children, who are beginning to define "smart" differently more…

Signe Baumane’s Rocks in My Pockets Humor, Invention, and Wit                                     Signe Baumane’s debut feature animation film brims with artistry and authorial integrity as one of the boldest works of independent cinema to appear this year.  On September 12th Rocks in My Pockets opened in Los Angeles at Laemmle’s Royal Theater where more…

Close-Up on Festivals

Will It Snow for Christmas?                            A New Classic at COLCOA                                   Sandrine Veysset’s debut feature, widely lauded when it first appeared in 1996 and already deemed a classic of French cinema, is not to be missed at the 2015 COLCOA French Film Festival, April 20-28 at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles more…

Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem         Israel’s Unflinching Courtroom Drama                  At the 2014 AFI FEST presented by Audi, brother and sister team Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz share the writing and directing of the third installment of their trilogy on marriage. Ronit delivers an unforgettable performance in the lead role as a woman begging to be seen as a person in her five-year battle for a gett that only her husband can grant her more…

The Discovery of Dawn at EUphoria         Sandra Nicchiarelli Time-Travels in Italy              A fascinating out-of-genre work proudly closes the inaugural EUphoria Film Festival at USC when writer-director-actress Sandra Nicchiarelli re-visits the early 1980s via a mysterious telephone that lets her talk to herself.  What does she discover?  Papa’s got a brand new bag! more…


Kino-Arts in Focus

Prints and Impressions                                   Mansions and Music with PCM                             Pasadena Conservatory of Music is showcasing its one-time faculty member, Esther Yune, PhD in its March 22nd solo piano recital of Debussy and Ravel in a private Mediterranean hillside residence offering a lush setting for the Impressionistic repertory  more...

The Top Shelf

50 Years of Contempt                                   Godard’s Valentine to Cinema                                 In his 6th feature film, Jean-Luc Godard critiqued the marketplace of cinema and the narcissism of love in a language vitally new in filmmaking history.  From Rome to Capri, we follow his irresistible journey to sadness when Laemmle Theaters (Jan.17-23) and the American Cinematheque (Mar.1) bring us  Rialto’s striking new print of this classic of world cinema more...


Eric Rohmer's “Six Moral Tales”              An American Cinematheque Tribute                        Tucked away complacently in his Parisian home under the pseudonym “Eric Rohmer,” and noted for spending years without a phone, a car, or even a taxi ride from time to time, but with family, faith, and a firm devotion to nature, cinema, and its related arts, Eric Rohmer presented us with many paradoxes more...




The Lady with the Dog                                       Pure Cinema at the Black Sea                                  In 1960 Iosif Heifitz knew that Anton Chekhov’s short stories were really films waiting to happen more



Digital Releases


It's Winter                                                               The Enigma of Rafi Pitts
It’s not every day that a screenwriter/director who studied in London and lives in Paris chooses to more...



Between the Covers 


Life Comes to the Screen                                   The Arts and Cultures of Iran                                             Anyone who has ever doubted that a country like Iran could develop its own film industry should be more...



 

















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