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DIEGO RÍSQUEZ

Parts Two and Three of filmmaker Diego Rísquez‘ Latin American trilogy—ORINOKO, NUEVO MUNDO (1984), in 35mm, and AMÉRIKA, TERRA INCOGNITA (1988)—will be presented at two rare Los Angeles screenings, as part of PST: LA/LA. Film scholar Isabel Arredondo will introduce ORINOKO at the Autry, and Rísquez will be at Redcat for the screening of AMÉRIKA. “Orinoko inverts the logic seen in illustrations that appear in books documenting the expeditions of the […]

JULIE DASH AND AVA DUVERNAY IN CONVERSATION

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See Julie Dash’s groundbreaking film DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST, and stay for a post-screening conversation with Dash and Ava DuVernay. This is an Array event, an arts collective founded in 2010 by DuVernay, “dedicated to the amplification of films by people of color and women filmmakers.”*   DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST and JULIE DASH AND AVA DUVERNAY […]

LAURENT CANTET’S L’ATELIER

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Are words the only weapons in L’ATELIER / THE WORKSHOP, the new film from Laurent Cantet? Novelist and writing-workshop teacher Olivia (Marina Foïs) meets a dark adversary in young student Antoine (Matthieu Lucci), who shakes up the class with a massacre-on-a-yacht scenario. Is this a highly imaginative work, or a red-flag warning? L’ATELIER screens twice this week […]

GRETA GERWIG’S LADY BIRD

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Elvis Mitchell: “Tell us about your first day as a director.” Greta Gerwig: “I prepared and I over-prepared. Film is weird—it’s a timed art. For everything you’re doing [on set], that’s something else you’re not able to do. But I was ready. It’s a mix of being totally in control and totally out of control. […]

ALTMAN AT AFI

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This year, the AFI Fest is celebrating the films of Robert Altman—from the ethereal 3 WOMEN and early masterwork NASHVILLE to his late magnum opus GOSFORD PARK.   CALIFORNIA SPLIT, Saturday, November 11, at 6 pm. 3 WOMEN, Saturday, November 11, at 9 pm. SHORT CUTS—in 35mm—Sunday, November 12, at 7 pm. MARK GOODSON SCREENING […]

MICHEL FRANCO’S HIJAS DE ABRIL

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Filmmaker Michel Franco—elliptical investigator of Mexico’s bourgeois and its discontents—examines the outer limits of the maternal imperative in his trenchant new drama LAS HIJAS DE ABRIL (April’s Daughter), screening twice at AFI FEST 2017. Emma Suarez—recently seen in Almodovar’s Julietta—stars as Abril, and her adult daughters are played by Ana Valeria Becerril and Joanna Larequi. The […]

LOS CAIFANES AT AFI

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A pair of upper-middle-class party goers leave their revels and stumble into what they thought was an abandoned car. It actually belongs to the leader of the gang Los Caifanes (“the big shots”), and so begins a serendipitous journey through the cabarets and dives of 1960s Mexico City, “all set to the social turmoil and […]