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More Than 'Honey': Has the Swiss Documentary Renaissance Peaked?

  • By James Berclaz-Lewis
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  • August 14, 2013 4:14 PM
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Imagine not only trying to do a documentary on beekeeping around the world, but also trying to fascinate audiences with that most uninviting of subject matters. The more cautious among us would surely walk away from such a daunting project. Yet in 2012, swiss director Marcus Imhoof bravely accepted the challenge and ultimately ended up mesmerizing audiences the world across with his sublimely shot More Than Honey. Little did he know that his film would prove the beating heart of a nation's bright revival in documentary filmmaking. That most vintage of years would also see the release of Manuel Von Sturler's Hiver Nomade, the poetic journey of two shepherds as they journey through the changing mountainous landscapes for which he took home the Best Documentary Award at the European Film Awards. Both examples set themselves apart from the mass with their ability to weave the most unlikely, and decidedly anti-hype, subjects with truly astounding imagery. Imhoof and Von Sturler were confirming, if you will, A Certain Tendency of Swiss Documentary Cinema.

Short Term, Longwave: Coming of Age in Locarno

  • By Laya Maheshwari
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  • August 13, 2013 4:54 PM
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Destin Cretton's Short Term 12 and Lionel Baier's Les Grandes Ondes (a L'ouest) (English title: Longwave), screened on the same day at the 66th Locarno Film Festival, underway right now. First glances may imply that the two share little in common, with the former an unflinching American indie drama about a foster care facility and the latter a light and frothy European period piece about a work assignment for two radio journalists.

Corneliu's Comic Catharsis: 'When Evening Falls on Bucharest' Looks Back With Laughter

  • By Ronan Doyle
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  • August 13, 2013 3:53 PM
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"I've been formed by this limit." These words, spoken by the film director protagonist of Corneliu Porumboiu's When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism about his fondness for the time restrictions imposed by shooting on celluloid, could just as well describe the emergence in the last decade of the particular breed of Romanian cinema which this new effort exemplifies. Limitation, in the form of censorship, is pivotal to the origin story of this distinctive strand of national cinema: Nicolae Ceausescu, the communist dictator whose rule was overthrown in 1989, withheld from filmmakers the freedom to explore socio-political issues. His fall, and the eventual arrival of digital technology's democratization of media, allowed the country's collective concerns to spill forth into its cinema, where latent traumas could be addressed.

Meet the Locarno Critics Academy Class of 2013

  • By Sam Adams
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  • August 6, 2013 1:28 PM
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For the second year running, Indiewire, in conjunction with the Swiss Association of Film Journalists and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, as well as new partner FRED Radio, is holding a Critics Academy at the Locarno Film Festival, giving nine young film writers a chance to cover one of the world's great festivals. They hail from locales as varied as Galway and Mumbai and bring with them a host of new and interesting perspectives. Next week, you'll be able to read the fruits of their labor right here on Criticwire, including a report from a master class with 2001: A Space Odyssey effects guru (and Silent Running director) Douglas Trumbull.

Here's Your Last Chance to Apply to This Year's Locarno Critics Academy

  • By Matt Singer
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  • May 27, 2013 11:50 AM
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The deadline to apply is June 1st.

College-Age Critics Wanted (Again): Indiewire Could Send You to Cover the Locarno Film Festival

  • By Matt Singer
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  • April 10, 2013 10:20 AM
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Our Locarno Critics Academy, done in conjunction with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, is back for 2013.

Olivier Assayas on the Difference Between Film Writing and Film Criticism

  • By Alec Kubas-Meyer
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  • October 25, 2012 11:35 AM
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The journalist turned director shared some thoughts on the world of movie culture with the Critics Academy.

Missives From the Substitute World

  • By Forrest Cardamenis
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  • October 23, 2012 12:09 PM
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A member of our Critics Academy gets to "the core of the cinema" found in a trio of NYFF titles.

Silence, Golden, in Black and White: 'Tabu,' Gomes, and Cage

  • By Blair McClendon
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  • October 23, 2012 9:52 AM
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On the magic and music of nothingness in a remarkable New York FIlm Festival selection.

(After the) Disaster Films: 'Life of Pi' and 'Flight'

  • By Corey O'Connell
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  • October 22, 2012 3:33 PM
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The New York Film Festival opened with a shipwreck and closed with a plane crash. Here, a member of the Critics Academy considers the films in tandem.

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