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On the Screen  

Wim Wenders’ Perfect Days                   The Writer-Director-Producer Shows How     From Japan with humility, respect, and love, the prolific and esteemed German auteur gives us the beauty of his art and wisdom through his celebrated 2023 Cannes Best Actor Koji Yakusho. Retro songs, shimmering leaves, architectural wonders, and American literature build a strikingly tacit, noble, and unforgettable character more…

Nik and Mikk Are Back!                 Ventures in The Promised Land                         Race, class, gender, and tyranny all come to the fore in an 18th-century epic by writer-director Nikolaj Arcel and his protagonist Mads Mikkelsen. The country’s submission for the 96th Academy Awards, it’s a Danish highlight screening at the 25th Scandinavian Film Festival LA. with BalticFilmExpo@SFFLA more... 

The Shadow of the Sun                                An Homage to Venezuela                                        Miguel Ángel Ferrer may wear a hat as big as screenwriter-director-editor-producer for his debut feature film, (La sombra del sol), but his two lead actors, Carlos Manuel Gonzalez and Anyelo Lopez, shine as well in Venezuela’s submission to the 96th Academy Awards more…

Cyril Schäublin’s Unrest                        Switzerland at the Center of the World                In the 1870s, the village of Saint-Imier was at once the epicenter of global watchmaking and of the international anarchists’ movement.  Technology, time, and money formed a new kind of discipline, and new uses of photography promoted it.  Yet some aspects of life defied representation more…

Behind the Scenes

The Monk and the Gun                             The East and the West                                       With his 2nd feature film, it’s the 2nd time Pawo Choyning Dorji has represented his home country, Bhutan, in the competition for Best International Feature Film at the Oscars.  His whip-smart satire shows the difference between innocence and ignorance as Bhutan began to modernize and democratize less than two decades ago more…


Lucky Chan-sil, Lucky Kim Cho-hee            A First-time Filmmaker Recounts Her Steps        One of 10 feature films showcased by the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in “A New Wave of K-Cinema: Korean Women Directors,” Kim Cho-hee’s quasi-autobiographical debut is even more so an ode to cinema.  The one-time producer for Hong Sang-soo talks about taking the leap into the writer-director’s chair with a voice of her own more…


Listen by Maria Douza                                A Film of Few Words but Mighty Power              Does it take a Greek to show us what dialogue means in everyday life?  Guests at the Closing Night Gala for her film at the 17th LAGFF are the writer-director and the two protagonists of Listen, Efthalia Papacosta and Dimitris Kitsos.  Here filmmaker Maria Douza explains how we can all be “deaf” when it's a handicap of the soul more

















Close-Up on Festivals

In a Volatile World                             SEEfest Holds Its Ground                                   The 19th Annual South East European Film Festival Los Angeles proudly boasted its timeliness and relevancy amidst worldwide strife by showing films that got right to the heart of the matter: the Cold War (Guardians of the Formula) between France and Yugoslavia and civil war (Libertate) in Ceaușescu’s Romania. Yet some of the strongest filmmaking was by women—Croatian (Only When I Laugh), Bosnian (Excursion), and Georgian (Blackbird, Blackbird, Blackberry). Featured here are the real-life triggers for the cinematic conflicts written and directed by Una Gunjak and Vanja Juranić whose heightened realism shows that context is everything.  Basing their films on real-life scandals in headlines and social media that drew mass public protest, the filmmakers more…


Hlynur Pálmason’s Godland                Heart of Arctic Darkness                                        Celebrate the 25th Scandinavian Film Festival L.A., Jan. 13th, 14th, 20th, and 21st, with Iceland’s submission for the Best International Feature Film at the 96th Academy Awards.  Songs and sagas battle the word of God as a Danish priest arrives amid glaciers and volcanos to build a church,  photograph the land, and settle the island for the kingdom of Denmark more…


Magnetic Fields                                            Los Angeles Greek Film Festival                            It’s often the case that big things come in small packages, and Yorgos Goussis proved it to be true at the 17th LAGFF with his debut feature, Magnetic Fields, a road movie you can’t describe but that you’ll never forget.  With only two actors and their immense improvisational talents, the writer-director-producer takes us on a journey more…

 




Kino-Arts in Focus

A Grand String Quartet at The Wallis      Compositions Classical and New                            On May 20th in the Bram Goldsmith Theater, The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills added to its fine reputation for programming music par excellence by presenting both the Miró Quartet and guest composer Kevin Puts to introduce his recent work, “Home” more


Uma Kurt’s The Tie                                     A Teen Who Knows Drama                                   It’s one thing to know the issues that consume teenagers today, and it’s another thing to write, stage, and act the lead in a 65-minute play about them.  Then again, how to do it in another country? From Sarajevo to Santa Monica, Uma Kurt, 17 years old, has done it all and has just begun more


The Top Shelf


Contempt at the Aero                                       Godard’s Valentine to Cinema                        With 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 the American Cinematheque (July 16th) continues its series of French Favorites more...   


Eric Rohmer's “Six Moral Tales”            An American 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  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 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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