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The Critics Academy Compendium: All the 2013 Locarno Coverage

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 27, 2013 1:14 PM
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A handy collection of all the Critics Academy work that has been featured on Criticwire and the Film Society of Lincoln Center blog.

In Richard Curtis' 'About Time,' It's Not the Romance That Works

  • By Laya Maheshwari
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  • August 26, 2013 3:37 PM
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In the 'Notting Hill' auteur's time-traveling rom-com, the romance fizzles but father-son tenderness hits home.

'The Dirties' Approaches School Shootings as Black Comedy

  • August 23, 2013 6:49 PM
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When it comes to discussions about violence in schools, Matt Johnson's debut feature may be an easier entry point for teens than other arthouse offerings.

Did Locarno's French Films Use Scenery as a Crutch?

  • August 23, 2013 5:07 PM
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At this year's Locarno Film Festival, French stories became more about showcasing backdrops than certain directors' vision.

In 'Shivers' and 'What Now? Remind Me,' Mortality and the Prison of the Mind

  • August 22, 2013 12:17 PM
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A daring and undaunted film has been awarded the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival this past weekend: it is Joaquim Pinto's new film E Agora? Lembra-me ("What Now? Remind Me"). When I first watched it at the beginning of the festival, I left the screening room in a haze, the film was so rich and dense, I couldn't figure out where to begin. It has been haunting me since, for rarely have I seen on screen such strong exposure of an artist's thoughts.

Among Locarno's Short Films, Vodka and Sorcerers

  • August 21, 2013 2:00 PM
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One of the best films I saw at Locarno Film Festival this year was a mere 20 minutes long. Part of the Fuori concorso Shorts section, The Green Serpent: Of Vodka, Men and Distilled Dreams (a Swiss-Russian co-production) documents the merits and demerits that vodka holds for three Russian men -- actor Aleksandr Bashirov, poet Mstislav Biserov and physicist Nikolai Mikhailovich Budnev. Written, directed and co-produced by Benny Jaberg, the film had me in stitches as it repeatedly nailed, with both poignancy and hilarity, that relatable contradiction that follows an alcohol binge: emotional fragility and a sympathy for something as banal as a fluffy pet on the one hand, and a desire to see humankind annihilated on the other. Receiving its world premiere at Locarno, Jaberg's film is also a coincidental ode to the recently deceased Russian filmmaker Alexey Balabanov, whose last film Me Too (2012) also saw a trio of vodka-swilling men in a doomed pursuit of happiness.

Talent to Burn in Locarno's New "Signs of Life" Section

  • August 21, 2013 1:00 PM
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New films from Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, Raya Martin, James Fotoupolos, Luis Lopez Carrasco and Lorenz Merz

Critics Pick Their Favorite Films and Performances from the 2013 Locarno International Film Festival

  • By Steve Greene
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  • August 21, 2013 12:05 PM
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"Gloria," "What Now? Remind Me" and the upcoming "Short Term 12" are some of the popular picks from this year's Locarno International Film Festival.

Brazilian and Portuguese Masters Find Common Ground With 'The King's Body' and 'Sentimental Education'

  • August 21, 2013 10:00 AM
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With their new films, Brazil's Julio Bressane and Portugal's Joao Pedro Rodrigues bridge the gap between countries and generations.

Off to See the Wizard... in 3D

  • August 21, 2013 2:26 AM
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3D Technology has dominated cinemas for the past few years, and there's has been a recent surge in taking old, classic films and giving them the 3D treatment. One has to wonder how much this decision is based on actually trying to enhance the experience of these classic films, or if it is just a moneymaking ploy.