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DEVOS AND BAYE IN MOKA

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MOKA is the color of the car that killed Emmanuelle Devos’ son in a hit-and-run. Nathalie Baye, a beauty shop proprietor, is Devos’ quarry. MOKA—shot in the Lake Geneva area—is a French thriller, so things might not be what they seem. Director Frédéric Mermoud’s script is based on Tatiana de Rosnay’s novel of the same name. […]

ANA LILY AMIRPOUR’S BAD BATCH

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THE BAD BATCH—Mad Max with golf-carts—is the unlikely love story between the leader of a band of caring cannibals (they’ll amputate an arm and a leg, then seal your wounds with a red-hot frying pan) and Arlen (Suki Waterhouse), an involuntary protein source. Yes, it’s Ana Lily Amirpour’s latest cinematic mind-fuck, and fans of her […]

NICO AT THE BROAD

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Christa Päffgen grew up to the sounds of Allied planes dropping bombs on her native Cologne. She was given the name Nico by photographer Herbert Tobias when she was 16 years old and modeling in Berlin.     She worked with Fellini (La Dolce vita), sang the title song for the film Strip-tease (1963), performed at […]

SHARON JONES FOREVER

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Sharon Jones has been gone for seven months. We have her albums with The Dap-Kings on Daptone Records, as well as MISS SHARON JONES (2015), Barbara Kopple’s great documentary on Jones’ artistic practice and battle with pancreatic cancer. This month, the L.A. Film Festival presents the premiere of the new documentary LIVING ON SOUL, which covers the entire […]

L.A. FILM FESTIVAL 2017

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The L.A. FILM FESTIVAL opens tonight, and for the next eight days, cinephiles from all over will gather for this annual celebration of independent cinema. Most of the films listed here are feature debuts for their directors, many of whom will be on hand for Q & A’s. If you’ve seen the trailer and read […]

SOFIA COPPOLA’S BEGUILED

This week, Sofia Coppola—Best Director-winner at Cannes—brings her new film THE BEGUILED to Los Angeles for a pair of screenings. On Wednesday, June 14, Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema hosts a BEGUILED double-bill. (Don Siegel directed the 1971 version.) Schedule permitting, Coppola will participate in a Q & A at the end of the evening. The following […]

BETTE GORDON AT CINEFAMILY

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Kathy Acker wrote her only produced screenplay for VARIETY, Bette Gordon’s pre-gentrification thriller set in Times Square. VARIETY stars Sandy McLeod and Will Patton, with cameos by Nan Goldin and Cookie Mueller, and features a score by John Lurie. On Friday night, June 9, Gordon will screen a 35mm print of her cult classic at Cinefamily. On […]