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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 […]

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 […]