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GIRL : Lukas Dhont’s Award Winning Cannes Debut

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  One of the best received feature film debuts at the Cannes Film Festival was Belgian writer/director Lukas Dhont whose film Girl picked up both Caméra d’Or award, for best first feature film, as well as the Queer Palm. It is the  transitioning story of teenage Lala (Victor Polster) who has always dreamed of being a ballerina … Continue reading



(BPM) Beats Per Minute

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  If David France’s Oscar nominated ‘How To Survive a Plague‘ is recognized as the seminal movie on AIDS in the US, then Robin Campillo’s stunning new masterpiece BPM (Beats Per Minute) is undoubtably Europe’s candidate for the title.  His sprawling and somewhat harrowing tale that centers on the ACT UP group in Paris is … Continue reading



The Salesman

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Ever since writer/director Asghar Farhadi became the first Iranian filmmaker to win a Oscar and a Golden Globe in 2011 for his stunning movie A Separation, he has continued to helm compelling dramas of domestic discord that show the uneasiness of women’s roles in contemporary Iranian society. The Salesman starts very dramatically with the impending collapse … Continue reading



Dheepan

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Jacques Audiard’s latest totally stunning thriller is steeped in violence which seems to be his raison d’être these days. This one starts off briefly in Sri Lanka where Deephan (Jesuthasan Antonythasan) a Tamil freedom fighter is trying to flee the country after the latest battle in the civil war has ended in a massacre. He’s been given … Continue reading



The Measure Of A Man

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Life for Thierry  (Vincent Lindon) a fifty-year-old something machinist seems to get tougher and tougher since he was laid off from his job as a result of the latest economic downtown that is devastating the French provincial town that he lives in with his family. In the months since he has been unemployed he has done all … Continue reading



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