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Cannes 2017: Recognizing Unjust Official Authority in 'Lerd' and 'Tesnota'

The Un Certain Regard program presents films more diverse in aesthetics and geography than the main competition at Cannes. Lerd and Tesnota show why those criteria for selection are rewarding.

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Sundance 2017: 'Wind River' + 'The Force'

Two new films at the Sundance Film Festival -- a murder mystery and a vérité documentary -- ask the same two questions: who has the authority to dispense justice, and with how much violence?

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Sundance 2017: 'The Big Sick' + 'Roxanne Roxanne'

These two Sundance entries introduce fast-talking protagonists who take the art of comedic dialogue to new heights in speed and certainly in social satire.

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Sundance 2017: 'Whose Streets?' + 'Dayveon'

On opening night at the Sundance Film Festival, two films raised questions about how black Americans' experiences can be more effectively shared and understood.

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Cannes 2016: 'The Salesman' + 'Elle'

These two films suggest possible ways for women's self-expression in the midst of oppression.

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Cannes 2016: 'American Honey' + 'Uchenik'

Two films that won awards at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival reflect on young people's experiences, emotional and spiritual.

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Cannes 2016: 'The Handmaiden' + 'The BFG'

Fantasy is at the heart of two adaptations of famous books screened at Cannes this week, Steven Spielberg's The BFG and Park Chan-wook’s Agassi (The Handmaiden).

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Cannes 2016: 'Eshtebak' + 'I, Daniel Blake'

At Cannes, these two powerful films inspire fury at appalling and seemingly insurmountable social divisions.

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Cannes 2016: 'Café Society' + 'Sieranevada'

Two new films at the Cannes Film Festival, Woody Allen's Café Society and Cristi Puiu's Sieranevada, look back on the past, with very different results.

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Cannes 2015: 'Dheepan' and 'The Lobster' Depict Different Kinds of War

Two movies screening in competition at Cannes, Dheepan and The Lobster, consider very different sorts of war, between hardcore gangs and between life aspirations.

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Cannes 2015: 'La Loi de Marche' and 'An'

Two films at the Cannes Film Festival consider work; work as a means to an end, and work as a need for social connection.

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Cannes 2015: 'Carol' and 'Nahid' Reveal the Costs of Repression

Two dramas at Cannes 2015, one by Todd Haynes and the other by Ida Panahandeh, depict the costs of repression and loss of privacy for women under patriarchal codes.

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Cannes 2012: 'Mud' + 'Lawless'

Similarities between US films in competition at Cannes in 2012 are striking: they all take on popular genres, bestselling and award-winning American books, and American regions.

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Cannes 2012: 'The Paperboy' + 'Like Someone in Love'

The Paperboy and Like Someone in Love complicate viewers' experiences, detailing the lives of characters who look at first like they're only clichés.

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Cannes 2012: 'Reality' + 'In the Fog'

Matteo Garrone's Reality, awarded the Grand Prix at Cannes, critiques today's fascination with reality television. To its credit, the film does so without resorting to an easy contrast between good traditional Italian and bad global media culture.

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Cannes 2012: 'Holy Motors' and 'Moonrise Kingdom'

For all their films' differences in depth and address, both Wes Anderson and Leos Carax explore the playful possibilities of their chosen art.

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Cannes 2012: 'Post Tenebras Lux' and 'Beyond the Hills'

Both Carlos Reygadas' Post Tenebras Lux and Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills examine the constraints imposed by social custom, as well as its seductions.

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Cannes 2012: 'Rust and Bone' + 'After the Battle'

Cannes Competition is, rather notoriously, a man's world. Women filmmakers -- as individuals and groups -- are protesting the absence of women filmmakers among Palme d'Or contestants this year.


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