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July 8, 2019

Before We Vanish by Lawrence Garcia Film

The Plagiarists | Peter Parlow

The enduring impulse to defamiliarize — that is, to (re-)present something as novel or new — is at the heart of Peter Parlow’s The Plagiarists. Directed from a script by Robin Schavoir and James N. Kienitz Wilkins, this 76-minute feature opens in programmatic, low-budget indie form:…

July 8, 2019
Photo: Kino Lorber
Before We Vanish by Christopher Bourne Film

The Chambermaid | Lila Aviles

The Chambermaid, the first feature from actress-turned-theater-director-turned filmmaker Lila Aviles, centers on Eve (Gabriela Cartol), a luxury hotel cleaning lady working in Mexico City. Part of that précis may sound familiar. But similarities mostly end there: While Roma’s central figure was an idealized, saintly figure with a…

July 8, 2019
Photo: GKids
Before We Vanish by Luke Gorham Film

Funan | Denis Do

Using animation to sensitize young audiences to the horrors in our world is not an altogether novel approach, particularly in the realm of international cinema — Hayao Miyazaki has long explored environmental destruction in his anime films, and Alê Abreu’s Boy and the World…

July 8, 2019
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