When a director’s stylistic approach perfectly complements the content they choose to explore, it’s easy to recall the chicken/egg dilemma: does the style just happen to coincide with the content, does one serve as a natural extension of the other, or is it a purposeful confluence of elements?
From more than 120 applications, six finalists were selected by editors at Indiewire and Film Comment for this year's program at the Swiss festival taking place in August.
Zeina Daccache's Scheherazade's Diary follows women inmates in Lebanon's Baabda prison throughout a 10-month drama therapy/theater project. The film closes out the 25th Human Rights Watch Film Festival this Sunday.
Late-night frights are back at the Film Society this summer. In July and August, Friday nights at 11pm will feature mind-melting, gross-out horror as well as rarely screened classic cult favorites in 35mm.
The Abounaddara Collective is a group of self-taught filmmakers who aim to provide an alternative image of Syrian society to the public. A series of their short films will screen on June 19 at the IFC Center as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, followed by a discussion with spokesperson Charif Kiwan.
Filmmaker Radley Metzger will be celebrated with week-long series, "This Is Softcore: The Art Cinema Erotica of Radley Metzger," featuring some of his most notable films, August 7-13 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
Edet Belzberg reflects on the process of exploring the life of Raphael Lemkin, who coined the word "genocide," in her documentary Watchers of the Sky. The film screens on June 19, followed by a discussion with Belzberg.
Norte, The End of History (NYFF51) returns to the Film Society of Lincoln Center for an exclusive one-week run beginning June 20.
Visual artist Takashi Murakami talks art, the aftermath of Japan's tsunami and nuclear disaster, Kanye West, and his feature-film debut Jellyfish Eyes earlier this month at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.
The Transformation of Civilians Into Soldiers: Rachel Beth Anderson and Tim Grucza’s ‘First to Fall’
Capturing those who fight and the draw of civilians to become soldiers, Rachel Beth Anderson and Tim Grucza's documentary First to Fall follows two young men who leave the safety of their lives in Canada to travel back to their home country of Libya to fight in the revolution.