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February 18, 2020

by InRO Staff Festival Coverage Film

Neighboring Scenes 2020

Neighboring Scenes ends its short Film at Lincoln Center engagement today, and we are happy to be covering it for the first time in this, its fifth year. Celebrating contemporary Latin American cinema, in its myriad forms and cinematic modes, Neighboring Scenes uses big…

February 18, 2020
Blockbuster Beat by Steven Warner Film

Downhill | Nat Faxon & Jim Rash

The majority of American moviegoers probably have no idea that the new comedy Downhill is a remake of 2014’s French/Swedish co-production Force Majeure, directed by Ruben Ostlund. And so, in an bid at fairness and imagination, this review will attempt to abstain from comparison…

February 18, 2020
by Brendan Nagle Kicking the Canon Music

Eno | Here Come the Warm Jets

Brian Eno will always be best known for his invention of ambient music (or at least its coinage) and for his work as the producer extraordinaire behind such classics as Remain In Light, The Joshua Tree, and Bowie’s Berlin Trilogy, but the avant garde,…

February 18, 2020
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by Paul Attard Film

Green Ash | Pablo Mazzolo

When we open our eyes, what is it that we first see? There’s inanimate objects that we can recognize, but that requires several steps beyond the fundamental act of perception that occurs when one chooses to see the world around them. Before we can…

February 18, 2020
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by Daniel Gorman Film

Private Fiction | Andres Di Tella

The Neighboring Sounds festival booklet describes Private Fiction as Argentinean filmmaker Andres Di Tella charting a turbulent 20th Century romance through archival photos and letters from his parents, Torcuato, an Argentinean man, and Kamala, a woman from India. Di Tella has indeed concocted an experimental, hybrid documentary,…

February 18, 2020
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by Paul Attard Film

Workforce | David Zonana

David Zonana’s Workforce possesses lofty artistic ambitions for a debut: it apes Bresson rather liberally, utilizing somber diegetic music cues, mostly non-professional actors, a relatively impressive depth of field, and an impending sense of looming morality as each impoverished character struggles to find an…

February 18, 2020
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by Daniel Gorman Film

Compania | Miguel Hilari

Miguel Hilari’s Compania is a small, modest gem of a film, a poetic evocation of mystical and religious ceremonies juxtaposed with the natural beauty of the agrarian and the banality of the urban. Although hardly novel (Carlos Reygadas has been mining similar material for years), it’s…

February 18, 2020
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