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In the Balkans, Female Filmmakers Are Finally Finding a Voice

  • By Tina Poglajen
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  • August 19, 2014 1:00 PM
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The stories most appealing to foreign audiences are the alternatives to the perceived nationalism and sexism of cinema in the former Yugoslav countries.

'Clouds of Sils Maria' and 'Cure: The Life of Another' Reveal Where the Bechdel Test Comes Up Short

  • By Mallory Andrews
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  • August 19, 2014 11:40 AM
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Both movies easily get a passing grade from the famed feminist metric, but only one features meaningful interaction between women.

How Japanese Movies Deal, and Don't, With the Legacy of Kamikaze Pilots

  • By Julian Ross
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  • August 18, 2014 1:00 PM
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Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, Japan and its artists are still struggling to come to terms with it.

Japanese Zombies and Korean Factory Workers: Will the Asian Working Class Go to Heaven?

  • By Michael Guarneri
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  • August 18, 2014 11:00 AM
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New movies from the Locarno Film Festival show an Asian working class alienated from the fruits of their labor — and, in one case, from being alive.

Meet the Locarno Critics Academy, Class of 2014

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 6, 2014 3:45 PM
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The 10 up-and-coming critics will be filing copy from the Locarno Film Festival for the next 10 days.

Blank Generations: 'Last of the Unjust' and 'The Missing Picture' Reconstruct Genocide's History

  • October 22, 2013 3:00 PM
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A victim of the Khmer Rouge and a Holocaust historian bring the past into the present.

Is Portuguese Cinema in Danger, or Does It Just Reflect a Country in Turmoil?

  • October 22, 2013 1:34 PM
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With Portuguese films circulating in the world's greatest festivals, Vanessa Erazo wonders if it's the nation's cinema is in danger, or the nation itself.

Claire Denis on 'Bastards,' Blood and the Power of Silence

  • October 22, 2013 1:01 PM
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The veteran French auteur talks about her vengeance-driven new film, in which actions speak louder than words.

Running With the Pack: Portraits of Gay Life in 'The Dog' and 'Fifi Howls From Happiness'

  • By Judith Dry
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  • October 17, 2013 3:19 PM
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'The Dog' and 'Fifi Howls From Happiness' present portraits of very different gay lives.

Dog Day Afternoons: Under Siege in 'Alan Partridge' and 'The Dog'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • October 17, 2013 12:44 PM
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'Alan Partridge' and 'The Dog' reflect on Sidney Lumet's '70s classic and its real-life inspiration.