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by Ayeen Forootan Film Kicking the Canon

Possession | Andrzej Zulawski

More comparable to Walerian Borowczyk than any other well-known Polish filmmaker, Andrzej Zulawski never really gained more than a dedicated cult following during his career. Even Possession, a disturbing classic of the horror genre, remains underappreciated by mainstream audiences. The film is set in…

July 2, 2020
Photo: Kino Lorber
by Ayeen Forootan Film Horizon Line

Tommaso | Abel Ferrara

The director’s latest work is built on quiet moments of spiritual and professional reflection, a Fellini-esque inward gaze at the artist and his art. Originally premiering in the Special Screenings section at 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Tommaso marks Abel Ferrara’s return to narrative filmmaking…

June 27, 2020
by Ayeen Forootan Film Retrospective

The Wayward Cloud | Tsai Ming-liang

Tsai Ming-liang’s cinema is primarily concerned with naifs and innocents, usually confronted with complex existential conditions, and with The Wayward Cloud (and arguably 2009’s Face, as well), the director offers a complete radicalization of such binary forces. Here, Tsai continues the narrative of sort-of…

June 10, 2020
Photo: Berlinale
by Ayeen Forootan Film

Little Girl | Sébastien Lifshitz

In the opening scene of Sébastien Lifshitz’s latest documentary feature, Little Girl, there is a shot which the French director visually encapsulates and expresses the film’s core interest. A little boy, named Sasha, is looking into a mirror while dressing himself up like a…

March 6, 2020
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by Ayeen Forootan Film

The Trouble with Being Born | Sandra Wollner

Austrian director Sandra Wollner’s The Trouble with Being Born is a stylish, small-scale film whose narrative revolves around a child-like android called Elli who spends the summer with her father-figure custodian/creator. (Premiering in the Berlinale’s inaugural Encounters section, it is, you might say, a…

February 26, 2020
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