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    Film Review: ‘Godard Mon Amour’ Falls Short of its Subject’s Greatness

    There’s a cruel irony that runs through “Godard Mon Amour“, the latest nostalgia-tinged effort from Michel Hazanavicius. Its titular subject – famed pioneer of the French New Wave Jean Luc Godard – was known for his anti-establishment, inventive style of filmmaking. The name Godard is, therefore, one of the last names you would associate with […] More

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    Film Review ‘Zama’ Is a Stuffy Recreation of Colonial South America

    Early in Lucrecia Martel’s historical drama “Zama“, there’s a portentous scene that sets the one for the rest of the film. In it, a man recalls the story of a species of fish that spends its entire life swimming to and fro against the tide of the water, forever remaining in one place. The significance […] More

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    OSCARS: Predicting the 2017 Foreign Language Shortlist

    It’s that time of year when the Academy announces its various shortlists prior to the holiday season. And perhaps the most eagerly anticipated of them all is the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film. This year is truly shaping up to be one of the most nail-bitingly competitive years ever for this contentious category. And […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Woodpeckers’ Is a One-of-a-Kind Prison Love Story

    This may sound like a corny reference, but one of the first things that came to mind while watching “Woodpeckers” was a line from the Rihanna song “We Found Love”. In it, she sings “we found love in a hopeless place”, a lyric that could easily have been the tagline for this unique romance drama […] More

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    Film Review: ‘A Ciambra’ Is an Intimate Portrait of a Hard Knock Italian Life

    In 2015, Jonas Carpignano made a splash with his debut feature “Mediterranea,” a drama that hearkens back to the heyday of neorealism. With his follow-up “A Ciambra,” the Italian-American filmmaker continues in the same vein. Once again, he focuses on a member of one of Italy’s minority populations. And in the process, he crafts an […] More

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    2017 Foreign Oscar Guide: Europe’s Serious Contenders

    Welcome to The Awards Circuit’s 2017 Foreign Oscar Guide. This weekly series will shine a spotlight on this year’s Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film, looking at all 92 submitted films and their interesting trends and regional perspectives. Terrorism, debilitating illness, the lingering trauma of war. These are just a few of the dark themes […] More

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    Film Review: ‘Song of Granite’ Is an Overlong but Beautiful Ode to Ireland

    This year’s Foreign Language Oscar race features no shortage of biopics, but none are quite like Pat Collins’ “Song of Granite.” On the surface, this uniquely musical drama chronicles the life of singer Joe Heaney. But more memorable, it is a love letter to Ireland. It’s no surprise then that this beautiful film was selected […] More

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    2017 Foreign Oscar Guide: Will Asia-Pacific Cinema Triumph Again?

    Welcome to The Awards Circuit’s 2017 Foreign Oscar Guide. This weekly series will shine a spotlight on this year’s Oscar race for Best Foreign Language Film, looking at all 92 submitted films and their interesting trends and regional perspectives. After a 4-year streak of European domination for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, 2016 was a standout […] More

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