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Courage - Polish Film Festival, LA

We want stories about heroes. We want to see people (usually men) of action who take life by the balls, overcoming all obstacles, staring death in the face, and winning out against all odds. And if box office sales are any measure, we want to see it over and over ... Full story

Susan Morgan Cooper's "Mulberry Child"

Susan Morgan Cooper's "Mulberry Child" is a study of a multi generational family fractured by the Cultural Revolution, based on Jian Ping's book of the same name.Jian Ping was a small child when the Cultural Revolution first inspired her peasant ... Full story

Róza (Rosa), directed by Wojciech Smarzowski at Polish Film Festival, LA October 9-18

In October 2011, the Polish film Róza (Rosa), directed by Wojciech Smarzowski who has two other award-willing feature films to his credit, The Wedding, and The Dark House, received the Grand Prix at the 27th Warsaw FilmFest, and the Audience ... Full story

Chicken With Plums, a MUST SEE

While I enjoyed "Persepolis" with reservations (I preferred the flat black & white graphic style of the book to the modeled colored animation) I am gaga over Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's follow up film, the magical realist live-action romance ... Full story

A Touch Of Style, “Joshua Tree 1951: A Portrait of James Dean”- An auteur manifesto of Matthew Mishory

Debut feature by director Matthew Mishory is a highly stylized period piece centered on and around James Dean, pre-fame. Executed almost to the point of pedantry, Mishory’s film is set in 1951 Hollywood, taking occasional metaphorical exit into the desert ... Full story

Sacrifice

Chen Kaige, arguably the most noted of the Fifth Generation of Chinese filmmakers, lived through the Cultural Revolution. Shame at some of his actions as a Red Guard, including denouncing his filmmaker father Chen Huai'ai  ("Song Of Youth") marked his ... Full story

Kumaré

Filmmaker Vikram Gandhi grew up in New Jersey, where his upper middle class Indian-American family exposed him to traditional Hindu culture. As a boy he respectfully watched his grandmother perform her traditional prayers.After studied religion in college he traveled to ... Full story

Nuit #1 , a film by Anne Émond

Award winning writer/director Anne Émond exposes the dark side of modern life by pulling it inside out. Nuit #1 is essentially a dialogue of what in normal everyday life goes unspoken—a dialogue of subliminal fantasies, thoughts, urges, insults, confessions, harsh ... Full story

The Well-Digger's Daughter

Actor Daniel Auteuil makes his directing debut with this warmly satisfying remake of Marcel Pagnol's "The Well-Digger's Daughter".As in Pagnol's exceptional films, Auteuil captures the social snobberies and class divisions in provincial France, during the first half of the 20th ... Full story

Searching For Sugar Man

Malik Bendjelloul's documentary "Searching for Suger Man" is the best documentary I've seen so far this year. It's a riveting tale of a 60's/70's singer-songwriter who failed to make it in the US, but unbeknownst to anyone involved with his ... Full story

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