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Sand | Tsai Ming-liang

It has become increasingly evident that 2009 was a major turning point in Tsai Ming-liang’s artistic development: Madame Butterfly marked his first, decisive shift to digital, while Face, a commission of the Louvre Museum, inaugurated a significant turn towards gallery and installation work. In…

June 18, 2020
by Lawrence Garcia Film Retrospective

The Hole | Tsai Ming-liang

In his essential Jerry Lewis essay “The Jerriad: A Clown Painting,” film critic B. Kite discusses the lineage of classic clowns like Chaplin, Keaton, and Laurel and Hardy, saying: “The great comedians are metaphysicians. Through their relations with space and interactions with the material…

June 8, 2020
by Lawrence Garcia Film Kicking the Canon

Mauvais sang | Leos Carax

“I’ve only loved girls with dead fathers.” So says Denis Lavant’s young criminal Alex during the midpoint nocturne of Mauvais sang, the sophomore feature of one Leos Carax, born Alex Christophe Dupont in 1960, the year of Breathless. Made when the director was just…

March 28, 2020
Photo: TIFF
by Lawrence Garcia Film

Collective | Alexander Nanau

On October 30, 2015, a fire broke out in the Colectiv concert club in Bucharest, killing 27 on site. In the following months, another 37 would die in Romanian hospitals, and it is this fact that drives the first half of Collective, Alexander Nanau’s…

March 19, 2020
Photo: Berlinale
by Lawrence Garcia Film

Isabella | Matías Piñeiro

Isabella, the latest feature from Argentine writer-director Matías Piñeiro, might be described as an extended exercise in framing. Indeed, it actually opens with an image of four concentric frames of different sizes, each bearing a different shade of color. This set-up, it turns out,…

March 3, 2020
by Lawrence Garcia Film Kicking the Canon

The Hole | Tsai Ming-liang

In his essential Jerry Lewis essay “The Jerriad: A Clown Painting,” film critic B. Kite discusses the lineage of classic clowns like Chaplin, Keaton, and Laurel and Hardy, saying: “The great comedians are metaphysicians. Through their relations with space and interactions with the material…

February 27, 2020
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