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UNA MUJER FANTÁSTICA

Sebastián Lelio’s great UNA MUJER FANTÁSTICA screens for one night only this week. Premiering at November’s AFI FEST 2017, and starring astonishing newcomer Daniela Vega, MUJER opens in local cinemas in February. “Shocking and enraging, funny and surreal, rapturous and restorative… a film of startling intensity and sinuous mood shifts wrapped in a rock-solid coherence of […]

FATIH AKIN’S IN THE FADE

Diane Kruger lights up the screen with tour de force performance in IN THE FADE, Fatih Akin’s riveting look at modern Germany through the lens of immigration and right-wing terrorism. During the post-screening Q & A at the film’s November premiere at AFI Fest 2017, Kruger was a bit anxious about how the film would be […]

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

After months of festival praise and a recent gala screening at AFI Fest 2017, Luca Guadagnino’s CALL ME BY YOUR NAME has finally opened in cinemas. Equal to Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight in the artistry of its portrayal—both devastating and edifying—of a teenager discovering his sexuality, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME features a superlative lead performance by […]

DEE REES’ MUDBOUND

Dee Rees’ finely crafted third feature MUDBOUND—the Opening Night selection at this year’s AFI Fest—illustrates the perils of the too-faithful adaptation. In a series of sketches of post-Second World War life in the Mississippi delta—based on the source novel by Hillary Jordan—a group of very compelling characters is left stranded, perhaps casualties of the demands […]

LAURENT CANTET’S L’ATELIER

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 […]

ALTMAN AT AFI

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

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 […]