Archive for category: Film Festivals

VIFF 2013: Vancouver’s Iranian, European Views

13 October, 2013 (09:41) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals | By: Sean Axmaker

Iranian cinema has a history of couching its criticisms of life in Iran in metaphor. Mohammad Rasoulof’s 2009 The White Meadows offered the oppressive, authoritarian culture of contemporary Iran as a warped Gulliver’s Travels through a lifeless salt marsh of islands out of some surreal medieval world. What’s most startling about Rasoulof’s Manuscripts Don’t Burn is […]

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VIFF 2013: Drizzle and Dragons

9 October, 2013 (09:13) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals | By: Sean Axmaker

A few weeks after the closing night of the 2012 Vancouver International Film Festival, the Granville 7—an old-school multiplex in the heart of downtown Vancouver with screens squirrelled away on four levels (including that funky little screen hidden between two floors)—was shuttered and slowly gutted. It was a failing theater, to be sure, with no […]

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Expansive Views at Telluride’s 40th

3 September, 2013 (08:32) | by Jay Kuehner, Film Festivals | By: Jay Kuehner

On the occasion of its 40th anniversary, Telluride, the venerable film festival tucked away in this remote Colorado mountain village bucked tradition and did the seemingly unthinkable: it expanded. Adding an extra day to its program and a new theater (a 500-seat beauty named in honor of Werner Herzog) to its venues, the festival could be […]

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Channeling Movies: The ultimate movie history class runs Monday nights on Turner Classic Movies

31 August, 2013 (08:47) | by Sean Axmaker, Documentary, Film Festivals | By: Sean Axmaker

In The Story Of Film: An Odyssey, filmmaker and film historian Mark Cousins takes an unconventional, expansive, and almost exhaustive approach to the history of cinema, from the first moving images to modern movies. His 15-hour documentary series is an ambitious attempt to encapsulate cinema, from birth to the present, as practiced all over the […]

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SFSFF 2013 Spotlights: The ‘Beauté’ of Louise, the ‘Safety’ of Lloyd, and those ‘Joyless’ Germans

19 August, 2013 (09:11) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals, Film Reviews, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

G.W. Pabst’s The Joyless Street (1925), the Centerpiece screening on Saturday night, is a landmark drama of social commentary, a savage portrait of Germany after World War II, when rampant inflation and record unemployment plunged an entire class into poverty and widened the gulf between rich and poor into a veritable ocean. Decadence and desperation […]

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SFSFF 2013 Premieres: ‘The Half-Breed’ and ‘The Last Edition’

12 August, 2013 (05:25) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals, Film Reviews, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

I surveyed the 2013 San Francisco Silent Film Festival for Fandor a few weeks ago, covering the highlights and landmarks in brief. But it was always my intention to explore the films, and my experience with them, in a little more detail, time permitting. As it turns out, time has not permitted much opportunity, so […]

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San Francisco Silent Film Festival 2013 Wrap

31 July, 2013 (08:50) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals, Silent Cinema | By: Sean Axmaker

I knew that San Francisco Silent Film Festival is the premiere silent fest in America, but I was elated to learn from Céline Ruivo, curator of the film collection at the Cinématèque Française and a special guest at this year’s festival, that in Europe, SFSFF has a reputation as one of the premiere silent film […]

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SIFF 2013: The Finish Line

10 June, 2013 (09:06) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals | By: Sean Axmaker

The thirty ninth annual Seattle International Film Festival came to a close on Sunday, June 9, day twenty five of the marathon event, with the closing night film The Bling Ring, fresh from its debut at Cannes. Its two young stars, Katie Chang and Israel Broussard, were on hand to introduce the film and send […]

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SIFF 2013 – Midfest Dispatch

30 May, 2013 (08:04) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals | By: Sean Axmaker

The Seattle International Film Festival is, as its organizers are proud to trumpet, the biggest and the longest film festival in the United States. It is also the most well attended in the country. Some of that is due to its size, of course, but SIFF is also a festival pitched to the hometown audience […]

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SIFF 2013: ‘Byzantium’

25 May, 2013 (06:57) | by Robert C. Cumbow, Film Festivals, Film Reviews | By: Robert C. Cumbow

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed in Neil Jordan’s second coming to the vampire myth, Byzantium. Even seen solely as a vampire film Byzantium far surpasses Jordan’s 1994 Interview with the Vampire—and pretty much everything else in the genre. But while Jordan’s and scenarist Moira Buffini’s expansion of Buffini’s stage play A Vampire Story can be […]

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SIFFing: Parallax View’s SIFF 2013 Guide

16 May, 2013 (14:00) | Editor, Film Festivals, Links | By: Sean Axmaker

The 39th Annual Seattle International Film Festival opens on Thursday, May 16, with a screening of Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, and complete its 25-day run on Sunday, June 9 with Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring as the Closing Night Film. Here is Parallax View’s coverage and guide to SIFF resources for all 25 days. […]

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Previewing SIFF 2013 – UPDATED

30 April, 2013 (14:30) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals | By: Sean Axmaker

It’s back. The Seattle International Film Festival, the biggest, the longest, and the best attended film festival in America, opens on Thursday, May 16 with Joss Whendon’s Much Ado About Nothing. That was announced a few weeks and news that the director and much of his cast (drawn from various orbits of the Whedonverse) would […]

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Now That’s More Like It: A Report on the 20th San Francisco Film Festival

29 April, 2013 (11:06) | by Peter Hogue, Film Festivals | By: Peter Hogue

In honor of the 56th San Francisco International Film Festival, Parallax View offers a festival flashback: the Movietone News report from the 20th SFIFF. [Originally published in Movietone News 53, January 1977] The 20th San Francisco International Film Festival was … lively. A half-dozen outstanding films from Europe were perhaps the most newsworthy events (and […]

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VIFF 2012: Vancouver Wrap

15 October, 2012 (09:07) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Vancouver isn’t the critical/awards bellwether that Toronto or Venice or New York or even Telluride can claim to be, but this year its international line-up offers an interesting contrast in temperaments. On the one hand, there is the cinema of issues and big statements carried by a dour seriousness and emotional heaviness (one might say […]

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VIFF 2012: Vancouver’s Dragons & Tigers and More

8 October, 2012 (11:04) | by Sean Axmaker, Film Festivals | By: Sean Axmaker

It might be an exaggeration to say the well-attended 16-day Vancouver International Film Festival is the greatest little-known film festival on the continent, or it might not be. It is, by design, an audience festival rather than a film critic destination. Opening just weeks after the Toronto International has closed, it offers few major premieres […]

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