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Chicago International Film Festival

Friday, October 10 Private Confessions Private Confessions was scripted by the retired Ingmar Bergman, who seems to delight in having other filmmakers expand on his parents’ private lives. Pernilla August and Samuel Froler reprise the roles of Anna and Henrik Bergman they played in Bille August’s 1989 The Best Intentions, with Bergman standby Max von […]

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Himmo, King of Jerusalem

Amos Gutman—better known for contemporary melodramas such as Bar 51—has based his latest film on a patriotic best-seller celebrating one of the most heroic—and painful—moments of the creation of the Israeli state, namely the siege of Jerusalem in 1948. In this claustrophobic movie, though, the Enemy is never seen, and the struggle between good and […]

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Talking about the work of the collectives of black British filmmakers such as Sankofa, the Black Audio Film Collective, or Ceddo Film Video Workshop, critic Kobena Mercer writes in Black Frames: “”If such issues and changes within black filmmaking may be momentarily grasped as an accentuation of the expressive over the referential, or an emphasis […]

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This is Fernando Solanas’s first movie made in Argentina after ten years in exile, and his pleasure and emotion at filming in his beloved streets of Buenos Aires again are obvious in every shot. Like the best of Latin American literature and cinema, South is a lyrical blend of surrealism and acute political comment. After […]

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Rouge of the North

For aficionados who have discovered Taiwanese cinema through Hou Hsiao-hsien’s impressionistic family melodramas or Edward Yang’s cool, elegant tales of urban despair, Rouge of the North may come as a slight disappointment. Friends from Taiwan told me that Fred Tan is an important voice in their national cinema (having started as an influential film critic […]

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Stiller, Garbo & I

For the nostalgic lovers of early cinema, catching a glimpse of Greta Garbo on a black-and-white piece of film is always a moving experience, and those are the moments that redeem Stiller, Garbo & I from sheer silliness. Swedish-born Mauritz Stiller (1883-1928), of Sir Arne’s Treasure (1919), Erotikon (1920), and Hotel Imperial (1927) fame, discovered […]