Watch this weekend: “Belly of the Beast”
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Watch this weekend: “Uncle Howard”
A deeply personal look at a remarkable life.
Film Comment on “The Wandering Soap Opera”
Learn more about Raúl Ruiz's funny, beguiling final film.
Watch this weekend: “Putin’s Witnesses”
Get an up-close look at the early days of the regime in "Putin's Witnesses."
OXHIDE’s Narrative of Refraction and the Dreamy Daze of “Winter Vacation”
Jiayin Liu’s Oxhide (2005) is composed of 23 static shots, inside of a small, claustrophobic apartment in Beijing, China. Within each shot are only pieces of the apartment, along with only pieces of Liu, her mother and her father. She commits to a narrative refraction of an only child in a family of bag makers with a non-fictional rigor that eschews any kind of objective context for a Western spectator. Distinctions between the film’s events and Liu’s real life cannot be accounted for. Her presentation operates with biblical fervor, awash in every frame, are individual moments that are p
Mothers and Daughters and the Chaos of Relationships: A Review of “Girls Always Happy”
Mothers and daughters have incredibly complicated relationships but few have been so thoroughly dissected with a gaze simultaneously affectionate and unforgiving. The raw and beautiful nature of this fundamental relationship evolves and twists in Yang Mingming’s character-driven debut feature. Originally premiering in the prestigious Berlin Panorama in 2018, the ironically titled “Girls Always Happy” is directed, written and edited by Yang, who also stars.