Locarno: Quentin Dupieux’s American Myths and the Double-Edged Sword of Absurdity image

Locarno: Quentin Dupieux’s American Myths and the Double-Edged Sword of Absurdity

James Berclaz-Lewis is a member of the second annual Critics Academy at the Locarno Film Festival. In this dispatch from the festival, he looks at the good cop-bad cop role in Quentin Dupieux's Wrong Cops.

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Locarno Fills a Gender Gap with “The Amazing Catfish” & “Gloria” image

Locarno Fills a Gender Gap with “The Amazing Catfish” & “Gloria”

Locarno's The Amazing Catfish and Gloria fill a screen void left by Hollywood: movies with smart stories featuring female protagonists. But if Catfish and Gloria make it to American shores, audiences will likely be seduced by the strong performances of these two lead actresses.

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Locarno: Catharsis on Display in “Exhibition” image

Locarno: Catharsis on Display in “Exhibition”

The heady cinema of British filmmaker Joanna Hogg sidesteps emotional manipulation in favor of her own cerebral and formally rigorous brand of storytelling. Her new film, which premiered at Locarno earlier this month, is no exception.

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Locarno: Emerging Stars Shine at Intimate Festival

The 66th annual Locarno Film Festival is buzzing with budding talent. Through its history of combining commercial and independent cinema, as well as its many young filmmaker initiatives, Locarno has also become a dynamic setting for new faces.

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Locarno: Romanian Cinema at a Breaking Point image

Locarno: Romanian Cinema at a Breaking Point

With the New Wave in the rear view, two new films from Romania suggest a divergence in the nation's cinema: Corneliu Porumboiu's When Evening Falls On Bucharest or Metabolism and Valentin Hotea's Roxanne.

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Locarno: Reconsidering Bullying and School Violence on the Big Screen image

Locarno: Reconsidering Bullying and School Violence on the Big Screen

Bullying and school violence have been relevant topics on and off the big screen. Films have described campus violence, but rarely have they waded into the psyche of the shooter. Locarno Film Festival feature, The Dirties, does just that, taking on the untidy complexities that can lead to tragedy.

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Locarno Critics Academy Returns

Meet the critics and watch out for their coverage of the 66th Locarno Film Festival next week, plus apply to the second NYFF Critics Academy today!

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Locarno Summer Academy Applications; Roger Ebert Laid to Rest

Four programs including the Critics Academy (in partnership with Film Society) are now accepting applications for the August festival in Italy. Also in today's FilmLinc Digest: Ebert is remembered at a Chicago funeral; Sundance London unveils its talks and music programs; and Meryl Streep reflects on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher.

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The Cinephilia Locked Inside “Room 237” image

The Cinephilia Locked Inside “Room 237”

Peter Labuza of NYFF Critics Academy responds to the argument that Room 237 is an attack on film criticism and delves into the particularly obsessive strain of cinephilia inspired by the work of Stanley Kubrick.

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“Holy Motors” and Its Trio of Leading Ladies image

“Holy Motors” and Its Trio of Leading Ladies

Denis Lavant may shine in the latest from Leos Carax, but the characters played by Eva Mendez, Kyle Minogue, and Édith Scob are critical to the film's commentary on identity, performance and artifice.

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