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On the Screen — Reviews
Waiting for August Is Worth It Teodora Ana Mihai Shows Us Why Georgiana Halmac shines in Bacau, Romania as head of the family for her six siblings in a social housing block while their mother is away in Italy earning a living for them. In her feature debut, Teodora Ana Mihai invites us in to see the courage and ingenuity in their fragility as Georgiana, who turns 15 in the film, shepherds them through their daily routines more…
Just a Sigh from Jérôme Bonnell The Lady from the Sea Makes Waves From Calais to Paris, a mermaid entices an Englishman, a “stranger on
a train” — or is it really herself, an actress taking one long, deep breath and
diving into her own unconscious in order to make “sea changes” in the life ahead
of her? The first day of summer, with music in the air and a special light in the city of romance, gives Impressionism its moment for today's more...
Behind the Scenes
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…
Five New Winners at WorkOn May 9, 2014 in Santa Monica, the Herb Alpert Foundation and its juries and guests celebrated 20 years of the unique grant for risk-taking artists in five fields: Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Theatre, and Film/Video with $75,000 to each of 5 winners and a residency at CalArts to come as well more...
Close-Up on Festivals
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…
The Ozon Layer Back at COLCOA Young and Beautiful Fills the Screen The 18th annual City of Lights
– City of Angels, a week of French film
premieres in Hollywood,
continues its showcase of cinema entertainment with auteur
François Ozon's latest. Last year his In the House
focused on a boy’s stretched storytelling of his family. This year Isabelle’s an after-school call girl who more…
Kino-Arts in Focus
LACO Baroque Chamber Music Par
Excellence Featuring the esteemed John Schneiderman playing lute and
Baroque guitar, the first of five “Baroque Conversations” concerts will be held
on Thursday, December 5, 2013, 7 pm. at Zipper Hall. LACO Concertmaster
Margaret Batjer, who hosts and curates, is joined by LACO’s Tereza Stanislav,
violin, Armen Ksajikian, cello, Nico Abondolo, bass, and Patricia Mabee,
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...
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