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    More Than 'Honey': Has the Swiss Documentary Renaissance Peaked?

    Imagine not only trying to do a documentary on beekeeping around the world, but also trying to fascinate audiences with that most uninviting of subject matters. The more cautious among us would surely walk away from such a daunting project. Yet in 2012, swiss director Marcus Imhoof bravely accepted ...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: Stunning Documentary 'Manakamana' Is the Must-See Cinematic Experience of the Year

    The camera-wielding researchers at Harvard's Sensory Ethnography Lab, an eccentric team responsible for experimental documentaries like last year's groundbreaking fishing-boat portrait "Leviathan" and the shepherd-focused "Sweetgrass," typically refuse to identify as "filmmakers" in the traditional ...

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    Short Term, Longwave: Coming of Age in Locarno

    Destin Cretton's Short Term 12 and Lionel Baier's Les Grandes Ondes (a L'ouest) (English title: Longwave), screened on the same day at the 66th Locarno Film Festival, underway right now. First glances may imply that the two share little in common, with the former an unflinching American indie drama ...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: Dracula Meets Casanova In Albert Serra's Bizarrely Fascinating 'The Story of My Death'

    The title of Spanish director Albert Serra's four feature, "The Story of My Death," presents a sardonic riff on 18th century Italian Renaissance man Giacomo Casanova. His memoir, "Story of My Life," recounts his lively travels across Europe and encounters with fellow luminaries of his era like Volta...

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    Corneliu's Comic Catharsis: 'When Evening Falls on Bucharest' Looks Back With Laughter

    "I've been formed by this limit." These words, spoken by the film director protagonist of Corneliu Porumboiu's When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism about his fondness for the time restrictions imposed by shooting on celluloid, could just as well describe the emergence in the last decade of ...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: 'The Strange Color Your Body's Tears,' From the Directors of 'Amer,' Is An Uneasy Assault On the Senses

    A loud, visually assaultive assemblage of genre tropes as technically accomplished as it is difficult to watch, "The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears" has plenty to impress while simultaneously offering so little. The movie depicts the Kafkaesque experiences of a baffled man seemingly trapped in h...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: Joanna Hogg's 'Exhibition' Suggests Michael Haneke By Way of Miranda July

    Joanna Hogg's "Exhibition" closes with a dedication to architect James Melvin, an appropriate coda whether or not viewers recognize the name. Hogg's third feature magnifies the relationship between people and the spaces they live in with a keen eye for the way the two tend to blend together. At its ...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: Filled With Heavy Drinking and Soul-Searching, Hong Sang-soo's Bittersweet Dramedy 'Our Sunhi' Is an Ideal Entry Point to the Director's Work

    There are many variations on the Hong formula. In the past five years, he has completed eight features, including two that have premiered this year alone: Following the Berlin Film Festival entry "Nobody's Daughter Haewon," Hong has unveiled "Our Sunhi," his most enjoyable work since "In Another Cou...

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    Locarno Film Festival Review: Free Love Commune Chatter and Heavy Metal Define Ben Rivers and Ben Russell's Lyrically High-Minded 'A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness'

    There's nothing remotely like a story in "A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness," experimental directors Ben Rivers and Ben Russell's patient, lyrical three-act look at a quiet man's journey through three different phases in life, but it's littered with big ideas. Rivers and Russell have toured together ...

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    Faye Dunaway Explains the Delay On Her Directorial Debut 'Master Class' At the Locarno Film Festival

    Early last year, Dunaway acknowledged that shooting was currently underway on Twitter, sharing photos from the set and singing the praises of her son Liam Dunaway O'Neill and Danielle de Niese, calling their performances "electric." Then came radio silence: While IMDb and Wikipedia both suggest the ...

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