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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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The scene at the Locarno Film Festival.
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 Locarno Film Festival's Piazza Grande.
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.

Dawn of the Millennial Zombies

  • By Beatrice Behn
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  • August 14, 2012 5:44 PM
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Many of the American indies on display at Locarno featured characters stumbling through life like George Romero creatures.

Japan From the Outside

  • By Claudia Piwecki
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  • August 14, 2012 9:59 AM
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Japan and Mexico joined forces this year at the Locarno Film Festival

Opening Doors for African Film at Locarno

  • By Zeba Blay
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  • August 13, 2012 12:56 PM
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On the small but expanding world of African independent cinema.

Milkyway Magic: The Creative Genius of Johnnie To and Soi Cheang

  • By Adam Cook
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  • August 13, 2012 8:30 AM
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Thanks to director/writer/producer Johnnie To, the commercial cinema of Hong Kong has entered a golden age. Since forming Milkyway Image Ltd. in 1996, To has helped produce over fifty films, and has directed or co-directed over half of them himself. While other Hong Kong filmmakers were being exported to America or devoting themselves to the arthouse scene, To commited himself to rehabilitating Hong Kong’s film industry with a synthesis of commercial filmmaking, expert craft, storytelling, and poetry. Largely inspired by European art cinema and classical Hollywood technique, To has imbued his action and crime films with uncommon artistry, establishing himself as one of contemporary movie culture's greatest genre filmmakers. 

Days of Future Women Past: The Films of Marco Ferreri and Ornella Muti

  • By Celluloid Liberation Front
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  • August 10, 2012 4:01 PM
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On the ominous and uncomfortable visions of Marco Ferreri and Ornella Muti.

Interview: Apichatpong Weerasethakul Recalls His Past Films and Future Plans

  • By Marc Menichini
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  • August 10, 2012 10:31 AM
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The director of "Uncle Boonmee" on upcoming projects, his cinematic inspiration, and how it feels to be the president of the jury at the 2012 Locarno Film Festival.