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    Is It Time to Let Go of the French New Wave?

    As the Nouvelle Vague tag has grown to encompass filmmakers who weren't originally part of it, does it stop us from seeing their new films on their own terms?

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    Here's Why You Shouldn't Ignore Short Films at Festivals

    At the premiere of this year's short film slate (dubbed the "Pardi di domain") at the recent Locarno Film Festival, head programmer Alessandro Marcionni explained that the mission statement of Locarno's short film finalists is to "identify and highlight new talent." Often thought to be the realm of ...

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    In the Balkans, Female Filmmakers Are Finally Finding a Voice

    The stories most appealing to foreign audiences are the alternatives to the perceived nationalism and sexism of cinema in the former Yugoslav countries.

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    'Clouds of Sils Maria' and 'Cure: The Life of Another' Reveal Where the Bechdel Test Comes Up Short

    Both movies easily get a passing grade from the famed feminist metric, but only one features meaningful interaction between women.

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    How Japanese Movies Deal, and Don't, With the Legacy of Kamikaze Pilots

    Nearly 70 years after the end of World War II, Japan and its artists are still struggling to come to terms with it.

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    Japanese Zombies and Korean Factory Workers: Will the Asian Working Class Go to Heaven?

    New movies from the Locarno Film Festival show an Asian working class alienated from the fruits of their labor — and, in one case, from being alive.

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    Can the VOD Marketplace Save African Cinema?

    It's not easy to release films from Africa. But some experts see hope on the horizon.

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    What Do Governments Owe Filmmakers? Young Swiss Filmmakers Demand Their Slice of The Funding Pie

    As the whole Swiss film industry gathered at the Locarno Film Festival, a group of young directors called for political changes, lobbying for more diversity in the national production and a designated funding tool for low-budget movies. Is it a reasonable demand?

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    Meet the Locarno Critics Academy, Class of 2014

    The 10 up-and-coming critics will be filing copy from the Locarno Film Festival for the next 10 days.

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    Attention, Aspiring Film Critics: Apply Now for the NYFF Critics Academy

    If you're interested in a career in film criticism or journalism and based in New York, you'll want to check this out.

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