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New Directors/New Films Review: Radical, Thrilling 'The Strange Color Of Your Body's Tears'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 3, 2014 5:15 PM
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The Strange Color Of Your Body's Tears
Some movies are watched. “The Strange Color Of Your Body's Tears” is a movie you live inside. This new film from directors Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani touches you repeatedly, inappropriately, from the front and, delightfully, from the rear. To synopsize the film is folly, though it will be fun to see viewers try. This is the magic that Cattet and Forzani have weaved from their debut effort “Amer," a hypnotic trip down the giallo rabbit hole. Very few filmmakers today are working with a radical new vocabulary, but Cattet and Forzani are using genre of the past to toss us, shouting, into the future.

New Directors/New Films Review: Quiet, Introspective And Surprising 'Buzzard'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 31, 2014 6:03 PM
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Buzzard
It's hard to look away from the face of Joshua Burge: his bug eyes recall Peter Lorre in their constant vigilant paranoia. But his angular femininity that comes from his soft mouth and sleek cheekbones suggest an approachability that contrasts with the sharpness of his more intimidating features. He would have played villains and scoundrels in the silent era, ones that had a vulnerable secret. Joel Potrykus' “Buzzard” reveals that not much has changed since then.

New Directors/New Films Review: 'A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night' Is A New Vampire Classic

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 20, 2014 5:09 PM
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For a while it looked like zombies would be the reigning pop culture creature of the night, what with the popularity of "The Walking Dead" on TV and "World War Z" on the big screen. Vampires, after all, had seen their moment in the moon but then the "Twilight" saga ended, "True Blood" was canceled and society, seemingly as a whole, decided the crawling undead were way sexier than batty bloodsuckers. But this year the vampire is having a comeback – not only is there Jim Jarmusch's groovy vampire romance "Only Lovers Left Alive," but the wacky New Zealand mockumentary "What We Do In The Shadows" screened at SXSW (our review), and, now, the self described "first Iranian vampire western," "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night," which played Sundance and just screened as the opening night film for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA's New Directors/New Films festival. The movie is charming and gorgeous and proof positive that vampires still have bite.

Exclusive: Clip From New Directors/New Films Drama & Israeli Film Academy Nominee 'Youth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2014 2:14 PM
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Youth
As you might've seen in our recent feature, 20 Films About Doubles And Doppelgangers, two heads are not always better than one. However, in the thriller "Youth," it's a pair of twin brothers who decide they need to combine forces, if they want to help solve the financial woes of their family.

Contest: Tickets To Screenings At The Film Society Of Lincoln Center & MoMA's 42nd Annual New Directors/New Films Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • March 20, 2013 12:58 PM
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Hey New Yorkers, how about a nice contest for your Wednesday? We're pretty excited about this one: The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 42nd annual ND/NF (New Directors/New Films) Festival kicks off today, March 20th, and we're giving away pairs of tickets to four excellent films. Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging filmmaking talent, the festival will screen 25 features (19 narrative, 6 documentary) and 17 short films representing 24 countries -- all having their New York City premieres.

ND/NF '12 Review: 'Now, Forager' Is Strictly For Hardcore Food Snobs

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 3, 2012 8:56 AM
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Two pairs of boots crush the leaves underneath, making their way through the forest. The pair of sufficiently-dressed foragers look behind trees, over hills, combing the landscape for a major score. Underneath a tree, it is found: scores and scores of massive mushrooms, all of a specific, hard-to-find variety. In these, some would see deliciousness, and some would find money. Lucien and Regina, the two leads of “Now, Forager,” see the continuing of their way of life.

ND/NF '12 Review: 'Hemel' Takes An Unflinching Look At Broken Sexuality

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 26, 2012 2:05 PM
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Within the very first moments of "Hemel," a couple writhe naked in bed. Their playful banter and back-and-forth focuses on the unsubstantial equipment, which he laughs off with only a slightly bruised ego. It's only when he starts to rag on her pubic hair that she begins to unravel, disappointed that her lover would complain about tasting her hair. Within moments, he's lathering her with shaving cream, lovingly running the blade up and down between her legs. As he walks off to wash, she lies on her back, completely barren. She's fine being nude, but it's clear she hates being vulnerable.

ND/NF '12 Review: 'Gimme The Loot' Paints An Affectionate Portrait Of The Foibles Of Inner City Youth

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • March 26, 2012 1:04 PM
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The streets of New York City are alive in SXSW hit "Gimme The Loot," the endearing and charmingly unpretentious first feature from director Adam Leon. The film seems to move to the beat of jangling spray paint cans, particularly those in the deep pockets of Malcolm and Sofia. These two high schoolers, first seen stealing a cache of spraypaint bottles from a local marketplace, have a dedicedly old-fashioned plan, one that would make any New Yorker smile and shake their head -- they're going to "bomb" the Mets' apple in Citifield.

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