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The Silence, by Baran bo Odar

Swiss director Baran bo Odar's debut feature is a gripping psychological crime film. Unlike most films in the genre, we know the perpetrators from the start but Intertwining character stories, an evocative sound design and off-beat cinematography keep us on the edge of our seats. Violence is kept off camera, ... Full story

Zarafa, a French Animated film directed by Jean-Christophe Lie and Rémi Bezançon

"Zarafa" is a charming French flat animation, co-directed by animator Jean-Christophe Lie (supervising animator "The Triplettes") and Rémi Bezançon (director of the whimsical" Ma vie en l'air" and "A Happy Event, "The First Day of the Rest of Your Life").It ... Full story

The Rabbi’s Cat

Joann Sfar and Antoine Delesvaux's quirky "The Rabbi's Cat", based on volumes of Sfar's 'bandes dessinées' received two nominations at the 40th Annie Awards (Best Animated Feature and Outstanding Achievement, Directing in an Animated Feature Production.) Set in 1920's Algeria, ... Full story

Happy People: A Year in the Taiga

Werner Herzog, known for his idiosyncratic filmography and self-fashioned cult of bravery, has burnished another filmmaker's footage in  "Happy People: A Year in the Taiga" as he did in "Grizzly Man" (based on the footage of Timothy Treadwell, who died ... Full story

First impressions, Oscar nominated animated short films

Four students of the Art Institute of California-Los Angeles wrote their first impressions about four of the short animated films, nominated for an Oscar.  Adam and DogAdam and Dog was definitely a soothing animation experience. With a simple story, beautiful, colorful, ... Full story

The Oscar Nominated Short Films, Animation

ShortsHD is bringing the Oscar shorts to theaters in the US, Canada, and Europe beginning February 1st. Along with the live action and documentary short films, ShortsHD will be presenting the much beloved animations, including the five nominees and three ... Full story

UPRISING, a film by Fredrik Stanton

Fredrik Stanton's "Uprising" documents the Egyptian revolution. Interviews with the chief organizers (including four Nobel Peace Prize nominees) mixed with archival footage and amazing hand held, cell phone and video footage shot in the streets bring the chaos of history ... Full story

TABU a film by Miguel Gomes

TABU, which at first appears to be a tedious exploration of unlikeable characters, turns out to be simply gorgeous. Part I, “A Paradise Lost” takes place in Lisbon. It follows three women—the aforementioned “unlikeable” characters. Pilar (Teresa Madruga) is a ... Full story

BARBARA

“Barbara”, Germany’s 2012 Oscar submission, summons a little seen world of East Germany circa 1980.East German pediatric doctor Barbara Wolff (Nina Hoss) is banished from her prestigious Berlin hospital. Her request for an exit visa to the West has led ... Full story

PURGE a film by Antti Jokinen

Hollywood-based Finnish director Jokinen (“The Resident”), adapted Finnish author Sofi Oksanen’s play and best selling novel “Puhdistus”(“Purge”) winner of both the 2008 Finlandia Prize and the 2009 Runeberg Prize. Followed the book’s structure, Jokinen showing the character’s reactions to their questionable ... Full story

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