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It could be the name of a seniors-only a capella group, but the chummy, sunny title is misleading. If “Golden Dawn Girls,” which premiered in the main competition at the International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA), represents any…

The first time I met Sean Baker, director of the vibrantly heartbreaking “The Florida Project,” was two years ago, in a noisy Berlin bar after a screening of his last, justly celebrated film, “Tangerine.” It occurred to me as I …

People climb tall mountains “because they’re there.” “Loving Vincent” which closed the Antalya Film Festival last week, suggests a similarly glib and unsatisfying explanation as to why directors Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Wel…

Not least among the many things to admire in Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof‘s “A Man of Integrity,” which won the top prize in Cannes‘ Un Certain Regard sidebar this year and also picked up best Director and Actor at the Ant…

Human. Flow. The central issue with Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei‘s meticulously well-intentioned, undeniably colossal and beautifully shot documentary, which debuted in Venice and now embodies the refugee-focus of the competition line-up at…

If you live in Los Angeles and haven’t caught up with most of this year’s awards season titles you can breathe easy.  No, screeners aren’t arriving early, but AFI Fest has added some unexpected starpower and prestige to its 2017 slate…

AFI Fest is less than three weeks away and today the annual awards season event revealed its three centerpiece galas.  To say it’s looking like a stranger than usual AFI Fest is sort of an understatement. As previously announced, Dee Rees’ …

On the festival circuit, where Maryam Goormaghtigh‘s modest but deeply charming and affecting solo directorial debut “Before Summer Ends” will inevitably find its natural home, there’s been a little hesitation about whether to c…

If you live in Los Angeles the slow death of the LA Film Festival has been sad to see. Ever since the event moved from downtown in 2010 to a hub around Culver City two years ago the annual June event has had a difficult time getting the industry and pu…

This year, the New York Film Festival convened a masterclass in cinematography with two legends of the form, Vittorio Storaro and Ed Lachman. Storaro has worked repeatedly with great directors like Francis Ford Coppola and Bernardo Bertolucci on visual…