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  Watch Video French director Eva Husson isn’t one to shy away from danger. Her previous film, Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) pretty much says all you need to know about her head-on filmmaking style. While watching Girls of the Sun,...   read
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  Watch Video I feel incredibly fortunate to have been able to attend a select theatrical screening of the Israeli film Trip of Compassion, both from a psychological point of view and as a critic attempting to make objective sense of the d...   read

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  Watch Video French cinema is an area of filmmaking I’m really enthused by, and since learning about it as a student, the sheer novelty of the New Wave has always remained an area of fascination. Like many before me, I have a lo...   read

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I had the opportunity to catch up with director Rodney Evans following the world premiere of his documentary Vision Portraits -- in the second part of the interview, here’s what he had to say about the creative a...   read
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I had the opportunity to catch up with director Rodney Evans following the world premiere of his genre-defying, creatively pioneering documentary Vision Portraits at SXSW. Here’s what he had to say about the creative process behind his striking film, his cinematic influences and some of the ways he translated thought onto the big screen.   read
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I had the opportunity to interview directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts for their profoundly moving documentary For Sama at SXSW this year. Talking about the production process and deep humanity of the film, here’s what they had to say. For SamaDirectors: Waad al-Kateab and Edward WattsRating: TBCRelease Date: March 11, 2019 (SXSW World Premiere)   read
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For whatever reason, this SXSW was my year of documentaries. Maybe it’s because I like the journalistic element of them, and maybe it’s because they’ve put on show histories, cultures and politics in a way t...   read

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Strange Negotiations was a deeply personal and heartfelt documentary, an essay film exploring one man’s crisis of faith. Named after the eponymous album released by Christian/pop crossover band Pedro and the Lion in 201...   read

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It’s been a fantastic year for movies at SXSW. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve eaten more queso than I care to see again in my lifetime, and, attending for the first time, I can’t adequately ...   read
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Maybe it’s in the name, but this is a dream of a film. To see a film completely sold out at the end of a festival is rare, but owing to its unique, funny, tenderness, Olympic Dreams was something truly special. Filmed o...   read

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  Watch Video To anyone who’s a fan of country music, the Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, is the holy grail, a place of pilgrimage and wonder. People come from far and wide across the United States and beyond to visit this unassuming lit...   read

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  Watch Video Pig Hag is one of the best, most truthful films I’ve seen this festival. I don't say that flippantly -- there have been astounding documentaries tackling weighty issues -- but this narrative serves to uncover anothe...   read

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  Watch Video La Mala Noche is an under-the-radar narrative premiering at SXSW this year, and with its heavy subject matter it’s easy to see why it would appeal to a niche audience. It follows the story of a beautiful woman named D...   read
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  Watch Video Set in Medellin, Colombia, Days of the Whale is a story of youthful rebellion and the inevitable consequences of getting in with the wrong crowd against your parents’ advice. Following young graffiti artists Cristina ...   read
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  Watch Video I’ve spoken highly of all the films I’ve been fortunate enough to see over the course of the last five days at SXSW, and The River and the Wall was definitely among them. It has -- repeat, has -- to be seen ...   read

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For Sama is the story of the Syrian uprising and civil war, told through the point of view of Waad al Kateab. Her motivation for making the film is her daughter, Sama — a beautiful wide-eyed girl who has been born at ...   read

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  Watch Video Aleksi made me laugh out loud so many times that I lose count. The directorial debut of Croatian director Barbara Vekaric and was a heartfelt, hilarious story of the dilemma 28-year-old Aleksi (Tihana Lazovic) experiences whe...   read

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Vai is a portmanteau film telling the stories of eight different women named Vai. Residing in seven different Pacific countries, their name means 'water', and they all have an innate connection to the sea, which accounts fo...   read
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Vision Portraits is the rare kind of film that you’ve always hoped to see, heralding back to the earliest use of montage in cinema in the 1920s and evoking a fresh sense of experimental, artistic filmmaking. Director ...   read

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Go Back To China will no doubt received mixed reviews from audiences of different backgrounds, but I’m of the opinion that it was a fantastic film. Part teen movie, semi-autobiographical, it toed the line between demons...   read

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  Watch Video Community First is a true passion project of director Layton Blaylock. Seeing him involved in the residents’ lives is a powerful thing and reminds me of why we choose to make films: to explore the humanity in the ordi...   read

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  Watch Video Remember that time The Greatest Showman outperformed critics’ expectations and there were theatrical encores galore, and people loved it as it gave them hope and joy and song in their lives? Well, forget all that becaus...   read
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I’m not sure whether it's been the case for US readers, but certainly in the UK the news of the expansion of BritBox, a streaming service reportedly set up to rival Netflix, has prompted a collective sharp and uncerta...   read

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Taking place in Santa Monica, California, the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards took something of a more grounded approach to awards season than the Academy. Although inevitably overshadowed by tonight’s Oscars, they rep...   read
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On the one hand, I’m really pleased to hear that Your Name is getting the praise it deserves in the form of imitation — surely that’s the sincerest form of flattery. On its release in 2016, it was the highes...   read

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Welcome one and all to Flixist's new end of the year awards program, the Golden Cages! With Hollywood becoming increasingly out of touch with what the people like, we at Flixist have taken it upon ourselves to deliver ...   read
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(This review is a continuation of my analysis of Les Miserables, Episode Six, Part 1.) The real turning point of episode six, for me, came about midway through. Although I emphasize that I know and love the plot of Les Mis,...   read
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Readers, for the sixth and final(ish) time, welcome back to my review of BBC’s miniseries, Les Miserables - episode 6, part 1. I have so much to say that we're just going to have to slice this up across two posts....   read
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Readers, you are welcomed to the fifth week of Victor Hugo-inspired raving! What's eerily prescient about this episode is the way in which it echoes the ongoing real-life protests by the gilet jaunes, a French grassroots ...   read
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Reflecting so far on the miniseries Les Misérables, it’s been a fantastic ride. Jean Valjean has completely turned his life around from convicted felon to mayor and employer of an entire town; afterwards, ...   read
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About Sian Francis Coxone of us since 2:37 PM on 04.26.2018

Based in the UK, Sian is a freelance film writer for Flixist, Destructoid and Film-Enthusiast.com.
 
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