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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…

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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…

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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…

SXSW 2017
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With their third collaboration together, Joe Swanberg and Jake Johnson have solidified themselves as an incredibly lucrative and exciting creative. Their latest outing, Win It All, is electric and contagious fun that easily ranks among the best stuff Swanberg has ever done

SXSW 2017
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As demented and blood-soaked a road trip movie as you’re ever to see, 68 Kill transcends its violent and pulpy midnight movie roots by telling a perpetually unpredictable story that shatters expectations and denies genre conventions.

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