Claire Denis, Under the Skin
October 23, 2013
Claire Denis has never been a predictable filmmaker. Her latest, Bastards, a contemporary thriller set to a droning electronic score, offers moments both exquisite and wrenching.
MatÃas PiÃ±eiro’s Midsummer Dream
July 9, 2013
At barely 31 and with four films under his belt, Matías Piñeiro is quickly establishing himself as one of international cinema’s most unique new voices. His latest is Viola, a sly and sensual reworking of Twelfth Night, set amongst a group of attractive 20something actors and lovers in contemporary Buenos Aires.
How Shane Carruth Constructs
April 3, 2013
Upstream Color stars Amy Seimetz and director Shane Carruth as Kris and Jeff, two people drawn together by unique trauma and linked by a third mysterious figure, known only as The Sampler. The film’s plot begins with abduction, and weaves together financial fraud, Thoreau’s Walden, a mysterious drug, collective hypnosis, genetic transformation, and orchid-hunters.
Matteo Garrone’s Take on Reality
March 15, 2013
Matteo Garrone’s Reality follows Luciano (expertly played by Aniello Areno), a charismatic Neapolitan fishmonger who is pushed by his family to try out for the reality TV show Big Brother, and becomes increasingly unhinged while awaiting the results of his audition.