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Women take charge at the Boston French Film Festival
La femme est la femme
The French have always made movies about women, but now the women are making movies about themselves. So the program for this year's Boston French Film Festival would suggest.
| July 12, 2011
| January 01, 0001
Reichs and wrongs on the Croisette
Cannes we all just get along?
"I beat my kids regularly. Seems to do the trick. And I deprive them of meals."
| May 26, 2011
The LGBT Film Festival maintains a proud tradition
The recent commercial releases might not be so hot, but otherwise, local filmgoers been enjoying an embarrassment of riches.
| May 06, 2011
Two odd docs open the ninth Independent Film Festival of Boston
The Independent Film Festival of Boston — now in its ninth year, and the most exciting film event in town, if not in New England — opens this week with two outstanding documentaries about two very independent and inspiring individuals.
| April 22, 2011
A world of cinema
Young filmmakers shine at this year's Maine International Film Festival
The 13th Maine International Film Festival begins in Waterville next Friday, and along with the usual unusual array of (political, music, and eco-)documentaries, Amerindies, classic and foreign films, and a special night at the drive-in, MIFF has a couple new tricks up its sleeve.
| July 01, 2010
As Hollywood's summer fare goes cold, local film festivals heat up
Here's the dilemma: you love movies, but you also love the idea of taking a vacation to one of the many inviting resorts that New England has to offer — the beaches of Cape Cod or the Islands, picturesque towns in Maine or Rhode Island, or even the cultural and historical enclaves of Boston itself.
| June 16, 2010
Tilda Swinton's mixed metamorphoses
Indie-cinema luminary gets retrospective in P-Town
Most people know Tilda Swinton either from her role as the White Witch in the Narnia movies or as the striking-looking woman who in her speech accepting the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in Michael Clayton said she was going to give the trophy to her agent. Or perhaps as the actress whom Conan O'Brian said he would like to portray him if there's ever an HBO movie made about his life.
| June 21, 2010
There was a film fest from Nantucket . . . and P'town
One look at the line-up at the local multiplex and you might ask yourself, "How far away can I get from Marmaduke and still remain in the state of Massachusetts?" Turns out that summer-movie relief is just a ferry ride away.
| June 14, 2010
Ghosts of upstate New York
October Country screens at SPACE Gallery
An alumnus of both True/False ’09 and last fall’s Camden International Film Festival, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s evocative October Country screens at SPACE Gallery on April 8, as the first installment of an occasional CIFF Selects series, which seeks to expand the Midcoast film festival’s reach into Portland.
| March 31, 2010
Boston film group protests arrest of Iranian director
Power of cinema?
At the Montreal Film Festival last summer, I had the pleasure of interviewing the Iranian director Jafar Panahi, who was serving as president of the international jury.
| March 24, 2010
Boston Underground Film Festival 2010
BUFF 2010 pays homage to cinematic fromage
The Boston Underground Film Festival has a knack for showing you things you've never seen before (not to mention things you can never un-see, such as the sentient penis jackhammering its way through sheetrock in last year's headlining Bad Biology ). BUFF 2010 proves no exception, starting with the exquisitely weird opening-night entry, LOVE EXPOSURE (2008; March 25 at 7 pm).
| March 24, 2010
Interview: Lone Scherfig
An Educated Lady
Born in Denmark in 1959, Lone Scherfig first gained international attention in 2000 with Italian for Beginners, a charming little film that won her the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. A couple of years later, she followed up with Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself, her first English-language effort, filmed in Scotland and starring Adrian Rawlins and Shirley Henderson.
| November 16, 2009
Banned director Jafar Panahi on Iran's vicious circle
"In the summer before the revolution [against the shah], if you asked someone if there might be a revolution, an optimistic person would say, maybe in a century."
| September 29, 2009
Reykjavik International Film Festival 2009
Report back from Iceland amidst lamb hot dogs, and fish and chips.
How would the Reykjavik International Film Festival, which I was attending, September 17 to 27, be affected by the horrid downturn?
| September 29, 2009
Take the fifth
The Camden International Film Festival hits a half-decade, with momentum building
Among the issues you'll see tackled at the Camden International Film Festival this year are poverty, overfishing, peak oil, and the plight (and/or) ambition of children who grow up too quickly.
| September 23, 2009
Trouble at the Newport Film Festival
For more than a decade, the Newport International Film Festival has been a highlight on the state's cultural calendar.
| September 23, 2009
Get ready for RIIFF's 13th Filmapalooza
If the Rhode Island International Film Festival were a monster movie, it would be something like The Blob That Engulfed Delaware . Like its dozen predecessors, the 13th annual event will be taking over the state.
| July 29, 2009
(10) days of celluloid
From the gridiron to gritty realism at the Maine International Film Festival
Among the many treats at last year's Maine International Film Festival were a future Oscar winner (James Marsh's documentary Man on Wire ) and one of the biggest art-house hits of 2008 (Scandinavian teen-vampire flick Let the Right One In ).
| July 08, 2009
A natural trio at Newport
In the Spotlight
There was a time when being a moviemaker meant first having to be a hotshot Hollywood player.
| June 10, 2009
Greetings and salutations
Aging and patriotism in The Way We Get By
The film, a decidedly unlikely crowd-pleaser, has had a charmed year so far. It won a Special Jury Award upon its world premiere at Austin, Texas's SXSW Film Festival, and an Audience Award at the prestigious Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in North Carolina, becoming something of a "little documentary that could" on the festival circuit.
| June 10, 2009
Between the Blockbuster and the beach there are the film festivals of New England
Summer traditionally has been the happy hunting ground for Hollywood studios — the time when they unleash their big-budgeted, f/x-heavy warhorses on armies of newly freed schoolchildren and frazzled adults trying to beat the heat.
| June 09, 2009
Best in show
Making the picks at the Newport Film Festival
Tom Hall, the new artistic director of the Newport International Film Festival (June 3-7), had the usual hard time culling more than 600 submissions — some invited but most over the transom — down to 90 films — 17 narrative features (plus five Hollywood classics), 17 feature-length documentaries, and 56 shorts.
| May 27, 2009
Tarantino, Antichrist , and a well-lit genitalia show; why the French film festival is like no other
Quick — name a world-class film-festival administrator willing to reveal that at age 12 he was titillated by the sight of clodhopper-shod Minnie Mouse stomping on Mickey's tail in a French comic book.
| May 27, 2009
The weather underground
The theme of isolation reigns supreme amid the BUFF's dizzying eight-day blitzkrieg of fringe cinema
If it's alienation from the mainstream you're feeling, you're in good company for this year's Boston Underground Film Festival.
| March 20, 2009
Agnès Varda in Toronto
The 2008 Toronto International Film Festival last September proved hospitable to Agnès Varda.
| March 10, 2009
Our third short-film festival crowns all new winners
A new crop of local entrants, including a professional filmmaker, won awards at the third annual Portland Phoenix Maine Short Film Festival, which turned out to be the most competitive ever ... and the most fun!
| November 21, 2008
RI International Film Fest marks 25 years
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this time around, from August 5-10, the Rhode Island International Film Festival started out in 1983 as Flickers, a Newport film club.
| July 30, 2008
The ultimate balancing act
An extraordinary documentary opens the 2008 Maine International Film Festival
About 100 films deep, MIFF ’08 has intriguing offerings for cineastes of all stripes. Here’s a slice of what to look out for.
| July 09, 2008
War of independents
The Independent Film Festival of Boston fights for freedom of the screens
The IFFB is determined to wrest cinematic freedom from the imperial power of the Hollywood studios.
| April 22, 2008
Scenes from the Forget, Forget CD release
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The answer to this week's game
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