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On The Rise 2014: 12 Directors To Watch

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 28, 2014 3:17 PM
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On The Rise, Directors, 2014
After looking at musicians, cinematographers, actors, actresses and screenwriters, there was only one natural place to go with our On The Rise series: directors. After all, film is still an auteur's medium, and the director is the one who hires all of the above, stitching together the various elements to create a final product that only they could have made.

Berlin Reviews: 'Butter On The Latch,' ‘The Third Side Of The River,’ ’El Somni’ & ‘The Midnight After’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 18, 2014 6:14 PM
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Butter On The Latch
Indie filmmaker Josephine Decker pulled off one of the major coups of the Berlin Film Festival—a “Double Decker.” A cute phrase to communicate the fact that she had her two debut films, “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely” and “Butter On the Latch,” both accepted and premiering at the Berlinale. It's certainly no small accomplishment and nothing to sneeze at. And while some were taken with Decker’s oblique, dreamy experimentalism that often charted moods of dread with a sensual palate, placing her as a “filmmaker to watch” is perhaps putting the cart before the horse.

Berlin Review: Josephine Decker’s ‘Thou Wast Mild And Lovely’ Both Fascinating And Frustrating

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 11, 2014 4:10 PM
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Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Joe Swanberg
In the sun-dappled, sweltering hills on a Kentucky farm, a minute shift in the pastoral chemistry is seemingly unnerving nature. This change in the air is not initially calamitous, but nevertheless felt, possibly subconsciously, by the entire environment. This interruption comes in the form of Akin (filmmaker/actor Joe Swanberg), a young farmhand whose presence upsets the delicate balance of harmony on the ranch of Jeremiah (Robert Longstreet of “Take Shelter”), a curmudgeonly old farmer and Sarah (Sophie Traub), his naïve and very peculiar young daughter. And perhaps the equilibrium of this idyllic setting is thrown because their relationship has something ineffably insalubrious hanging over it.

Exclusive: Posters & Photos Of Director Josephine Decker's Berlin Double Bill Including Film Starring Joe Swanberg

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2014 10:03 AM
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Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Joe Swanberg
Most directors would be happy with just getting one film screened at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival, but filmmaker Josephine Decker has two unspooling — “Thou Wast Mild & Lovely” and “Butter on the Latch.” And Christoph Terhecte, Lead Programmer of the Berlinale Forum Section where the films will play, has a simple reason why both movies are getting space: "I haven't seen such a powerful filmmaking in a long time."

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