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    NYFF '11 Review: Bela Tarr's Swan Song 'The Turin Horse' Is Despairing But Unforgettable

    If the name Béla Tarr rings any sort of bell in your head, chances are you've already formed an unwavering opinion of his work. He hasn't exactly shaken up his approach since 1988's "Damnation" (that said, this writer -- probably like most -- isn't familiar with his crop of '90s short films), and if...

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    NYFF DISPATCH | Ken Jacobs, George Kuchar and Digital 3-D Kick Off Views from the Avant Garde

    "There are some situations that leave you utterly speechless," says one of the committed performers in Wim Wenders' fine 3-D dance movie "Pina," screening this week at the New York Film Festival. But that assertion could just as easily apply to the other 3-D event at this year's festival, the transc...

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    NYFF: Michael Fassbender Hopes For A 'De Niro/Scorsese' Relationship With Director Steve McQueen

    And Nine More Things We Learned About 'Shame' From New York Film Festival ScreeningIt's no surprise considering how spectacularly good his feature debut "Hunger" was, but Steve McQueen's "Shame" has marched through Venice, Telluride and Toronto, winning more and more fans along the way. And while there's a few months yet to come, we're almost certain that it'll appear high up on a number of year-end lists of Playlist staffers come the end of 2011. Reteaming the British director with his "Hunger" star Michael Fassbender, along with "An Education" Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan, it's an immaculately made, firmly controlled, no-holds-barred look a...

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    NYFF REVIEW | Long-Lost Sara Driver Debut "You Are Not I" Comes Home to New York Film Festival

    Not quite a short or a feature, Sara Driver's long-lost 1981 production "You Are Not I" exists on some alternate plane that renders the distinction irrelevant. It's more like a haunting cinematic journey that leads directly into its mentally disturbed protagonist's head. "You Are Not I" adapts the P...

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    NYFF '11 Review: 'Sleeping Sickness' A Morality Tale That Doesn't Fulfill Its Promise

    Poor Ulrich Köhler. His first feature "Bungalow" was a quiet, very reserved tale about a young soldier going AWOL. Instead of finishing his service, he gives into lethargy, laying around and doing nothing while hoping the military doesn't catch up with him. Once he's introduced to his brother's sweetheart, he finally finds his purpose: get in her pants at all costs. No, it wasn't terribly ambitious, but it was a relatively solid debut and was interesting enough to make those who actually saw it keep an eye on the new German filmmaker. Four years passed and finally his sophomore picture "Windows On Monday" was unleashed with a whimper. This fi...

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    NYFF '11 Review: 'Once Upon A Time In Anatolia' A Masterful, Slow-Burn Epic

    Minimalist art filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan spent a long time crafting very personal and breathtakingly photographed tales. His work has never been big on plot, nor have they ever been anything other than glacially paced. Indeed, his general aesthetic isn't very welcoming to the impatient, though those willing to give their attention are always struck by something special. His black and white debut "The Town" is a real toughie, containing less of a story and more of a collection of moments -- but without the presence of a narrative, Ceylan is free to discover and exhibit universal beauty that isn't dependent on deep characters or drama. A "sce...

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    NYFF '11 | "Paradise Lost 3" Directors Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky: "Shame on Arkansas."

    "Shame on Arkansas for not exonerating these guys. Or, even shame on Arkansas if they really think they're guilty for letting child killers out of jail. Or, shame on Arkansas for not going out and finding the person or persons who committed this crime."

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    iPOP | This Week on the Scene: NYFF, Wall Street, "Dirty Girl" & More

    This week the 49th New York Film Festival kept iPOP buzzing with click-worthy activity. Everybody from Kirsten Dunst to Michael Fassbender to Martin Scorsese dropped by the event to unveil their latest works and charm the local press.

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    NYFF ’11 Review: ‘Paradise Lost 3’ Is Utterly Compelling, But Still Ethically Messy At Times

    Few movies have a conclusion as out-of-nowhere, compelling and yet strange as the one featured in "Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory." What makes this finale even more exceptional is the fact that the film is a documentary and that this unexpected coda wasn't dreamed up inside the head of an imaginative sc...

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    INTERVIEW | Michael Fassbender On Life, "Shame," Sex and "A Dangerous Method"

    Since their dual premieres in Venice, David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" and Steve McQueen's "Shame" have defined 2011 as the year of Michael Fassbender.

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