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Film Festival A Ghost Story (dir. David Lowery, 2017)
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My three favorite films of SIFF 2017 didn’t necessarily share themes – they spoke to their own themes, and they did it well, yet they found themselves in opposing genres, tones, and visual stylings. But those differences have no bearing on my feelings toward any of them; one is the moving story of two Korean-American brothers in LA fighting to stay afloat amidst the Rodney King riots, one is a hazy…

Film Festival The Trip to Spain (dir.  Michael Winterbottom, 2017)
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SIFF 2017’s diversity in theme didn’t just put us under the boot of an oppressive power to give us interesting and diverse perspectives – no, it also elucidated those perspectives by challenging their basic, human beliefs. Three films I saw did this extraordinarily well; one challenged a high school graduate’s supposed understanding of his peers with the looming unknown of college, one contrasted the…

Film Festival City of Ghosts (dir. Matthew Heineman, 2017)
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Seattle’s 43rd International Film Festival saw an incredibly diverse selection of films, giving attendees more options from more countries than ever before – but in themes, the selection was just as diverse. One pattern I saw, in particular, was films about inescapable powers. As for what powers those might be, well, it varied from film to film, but three in particular stood out to me. One was about the…

Film Festival loveless_1-1
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Andrey Zvyagintsev’s drama Loveless won the Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and focuses on a married couple who are in the middle of a nasty divorce when their mutual son goes missing. The Russian director already won an award for Best Screenplay in 2014 for Leviathan and was awarded the…

Film Festival the_square_h_2017-1-1
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Four out of five award-winning feature films by Ruben Östlund premiered in Cannes in several sections of the festival. His feature Involuntary screened at Un Certain Regard back in 2008, Play won the Coup de cœur Prize in the Director’s Fortnight in 2011 and Force Majeure was awarded the Jury Prize at Un…

Film Festival thebeguiled_1-1
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Set in Virginia three years into the Civil War in 1864, Sofia Coppola’s latest film The Beguiled is an adaptation of Thomas P. Cullinan’s novel of the same name from 1961 and a remake of Don Siegel’s film from 1971. Compared to its predecessor, Coppola’s take on the story is told from a female perspective…

Film Festival comeswim_1-1
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Come Swim, the experimental 18-minute short film from actress-turned-director Kristen Stewart already premiered at Sundance and screened in the Special Screening section in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. The short is Stewart’s ambitious…

Film Festival Killing_of_a_Sacred_Deer_1-1
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Yorgos Lanthimos is back in Cannes with his sinister and dark-humored psychological thriller The Killing of a Sacred Deer, a film he co-wrote with his regular collaborator Efthimis Filippou. Together, they have already co-written the critically acclaimed and award-winning films Alps, Dogtooth and The…

Film Festival ismaels-ghosts2-1
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Arnaud Desplechin’s opening film Ismael’s Ghosts is a portrait of a filmmaker (Mathieu Almaric) who is haunted by his past and thrown into a loop when his wife Carlotta (Marion Cotillard) suddenly returns and re-enters his life. Over decades, Ismael had been searching for her and eventually declared her…

SXSW 2017 DRIB
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When DRIB first gets going, it is a fairly standard documentary. There is the talking head interview, a knowing narration, and a smattering of news clips. It fits its mold well, offering little in the way of surprises and that seems to be director…

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