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Why Don't We See More African Films?

In my childhood Timbuktu was an imaginary place, mythically far-flung, a bit like Samarkand, and the discovery that both were real came as a surprise. Abderrahmane Sissako’s film of that name has an almost mythic patina to it, a golden dustiness that rises from the colours of desert and buildings alike. 1,179 more words
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Spare Rib is online

Every time I look at Spare Rib online it brings vividly to mind the excitement of politics in the 70s, and its online reincarnation cheers me up. 151 more words
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Clouds of Sils Maria

Towards the end of Olivier Assayas’ new film, the actress Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) and her young PA, Val (Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame) are arguing over how to read the map that will guide them to the perfect spot for the dawn appearance of the clouds that enter the Maloja pass and wind, snake-like, through the Engadin valley. 953 more words
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GIRLHOOD

 
Girlhood’s first scene works superbly in its simultaneous fusion and separation of sound and image. Composer Para One ramps up the urgency of the electronic beat (it sounds a bit like Steve Reich, maybe John Adams) to convey the speed of a US-style football game played by young black women, while the moving image itself appears slowed down the better to show their choreography, its flawless grace and confidence as they spin and run in their spotlit armour and helmets, red and white beneath a night sky. 1,111 more words
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A New Film by Olivier Assayas

I’m really looking forward to seeing the new film by Olivier Assayas, Clouds of Sils Maria. This is my review of his last, Après Mai. 6 more words

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The Tyranny of Louis' Shoes

It’s great to see three women party leaders together on television, all of them on the left and offering a forceful challenge to Austerity. With her clear-cut Keynesian arguments and persuasively stated conviction that Britain needs to be a fairer place, Nicola Sturgeon has become the acknowledged star of the election debates. 943 more words
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Force Majeure

Ruben Östlund‘s Force Majeure opens on the ski slopes as an official ‘tourist photographer’ sets up his shots of an attractive, affluent Swedish couple and their two children. 850 more words

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