Turtle Rock (China, 2017) [CVF/BFI Southbank Chinese New Year 2019]

The documentary Turtle Rock, set in the mountain village of Tuan Yu Yan, may be artist Xiao Xiao’s first venture into filmmaking (Wu Wenguang and Hong Guo-Juin are credited as art advisors) but it continues […]

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The Song of the Tree (Kyrgyzstan, 2018)

Aibek Daiyirbekov’s debut feature The Song of the Tree, which premiered at this year’s Moscow International Film Festival, has been pitched as a musical, for better or for worse. Yes, the film contains songs and […]

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Hotel by the River (South Korea/France, 2018) [AFI FEST 2018]

Seasons, as self-evident as the point may be, heavily accent the experiences and encounters that can take place between people and the spaces in which they occur, not to mention the feelings and emotions that […]

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on Nov, 22 · in Reviews

3 Faces (Iran, 2018) [AFI FEST 2018]

Since the start of his post-ban period of filmmaking with 2011’s This Is Not A Film, Jafar Panahi has more explicitly addressed the heightened porosity between documentary and fiction, and by extension actual and staged; […]

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