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On the Screen  

Carla Simón’s Summer 1993                      A Catalan Heartbreaker                                          Looking back on her own childhood in the Basque countryside and filming at the location where she lived, the debut feature of this Spanish writer-director pulls stellar performances from two young actresses to fuse the personal with the cultural, the national, and the global in a story we should all know, but one that has only begun to be told more...

Chloé Zhao’s The Rider                                From Beijing to Pine Ridge                                    The cowboy may take on a new face when born and raised as a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe in South Dakota, but the American West retains both real and symbolic value for Brady Jandreau, who suffers a catastrophic blow after which he may never ride again more

Claire’s Camera                                            Hong Sangsoo on Enigmas and Relationships      In a coyly cinematic and self-referential probe of the power of images, South Korean writer-director Hong Sangsoo shows us what looks all too familiar and yet what we seldom understand at all.  What do photos do to us?  And how are they related to all that surrounds them? Alter-ego Isabelle Huppert playfully tinkers within Hong's own grammar of cinema – and what better place to do it than at Cannes? more...

Behind the Scenes

Raoul Peck on The Young Karl Marx          Thoughts, Words, Actions                                      A new theatrical film follows Marx and Engels and their women, Jenny and Mary, as they move from the pages they are writing, to rallies and protests,  to exile and meetings, and back to their writing until a new theory comes into the world: the Communist Manifesto.  From Haiti to Congo to Germany by way of the U.S. and France, writer-director-producer Raoul Peck explains how he sees Marx in the world today more…

Isabelle Huppert Talks about Elle             The French Grande Dame of the Screen               Her performance in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle has won her a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama while the film, written by an American for a Dutch director who made the film in French, has itself also won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign-Language Film.  Isabelle Huppert talks about films, directors, characters, acting, and casting more…

Vetri Maaran on Interrogation             Visaaranai Looks at India Today                         Tamil Nadu’s long and prolific history of film production shows a side of Indian cinema sorely overlooked in the West through this award-winning submission for the Oscars based on true events that framed so-called "dispensable" youths for crimes they did not commit. The independent writer-director-producer Vetri Maran shares his purpose and method in creating his third feature, a potent portrayal of police abuse and political corruption that speaks far beyond the Asian sub-continent today more
















Close-Up on Festivals

Adonis Florides’ Rosemarie                        Cyprus at the LAGFF                                              The 12th Los Angeles Greek Film Festival has put Cyprus in the spotlight with a postmodern spin on Hitchcock’s Rear Window.  Award-winning Rosemarie combines the genres of the soap opera, the thriller, and the melodrama to give us a critique of the family in Cyprus that incorporates tragic irony and is sometimes even funny more


Czech That Film                                  Bohdan Sláma’s Ice Mother                                    The 7th annual Czech That Film festival, on April 14-19, 2018 at the RealD Theater, Beverly Hills and Laemmle’s Monica Film Center, Santa Monica, offers a refreshing dip in winter waters with its chilly portrait of a modern-day family in Prague whose mother fends for a life of her own more…


The Fencer Is a Contender                           Klaus Härö’s Back in Town                                    For his 5th feature, the Scandinavian director finds himself neither in his native Finland nor in Sweden, where he has often worked, but in Estonia, with a new drama on new turf but with his old love of children intact and a dose of history under Stalin.  Vying for an Oscar and a Golden Globe more…

 










Kino-Arts in Focus

Long Day’s Journey at The Wallis              Irons and Manville to Star                                      Eugene O’Neill’s mostly autobiographical drama, a “classic” American tragedy, gets a polished treatment by two of London’s leading lights, Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville, in its limited engagement at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills as produced by the Old Vic and Fiery Angel more…

 

Ambros/Ambrosova Duo                            100th Birthday of Czechoslovakia                          Celebrating 100 years since the formation of Czechoslovakia, the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles, in cooperation with the Czechoslovak Society of Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles, is presenting a duet performance of two acclaimed Czech musicians, Miroslav Ambros (violin) and Zuzana Ambrosova (piano) on Friday, March 23, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Violin virtuoso Ambros plays a very rare instrument made in 1734. The two will perform selections from Smetana, Dvorak, and Janacek as well as from contemporaries, the late Josef Suk, Peter Breiner, and Sylvie Bodorova 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 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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