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The Ornithologist screens October 12 and 13 as part of the Explorations program within the 54th New York Film Festival. Strand Releasing has recently acquired the US rights to the film. Follow our coverage of NYFF 2016 here. A guide to recognizing your sainthood: João Pedro Rodrigues's The Ornithologist. Starring French actor Paul Hamy as a taciturn birdwatcher named Fernando who treats himself to a camping trip gone hideously wrong, the Portuguese auteur’s latest is...
I Called Him Morgan plays October 2 and 3 as part of the spotlight on documentary within the 54th New York Film Festival. The film is currently without distribution. Follow our coverage of NYFF 2016 here. Swedish filmmaker Kasper Collin’s I Called Him Morgan is a work of supremely elegant journalism, a reverse-engineered dig into one of jazz music’s many misapprehended life stories. Collin opens with an unmistakable “get”: an interview with one Larry Reni...
If you have not yet seen Michael Ritchie’s classic 1972 satire (docudrama?) The Candidate, get that taken care of as soon as possible. (The film plays on Saturday at BAM as part of their "Four More Years: An Election Special" series.) Robert Redford stars as Bill McKay, a quixotic poverty lawyer groomed by a mephistophelean electioneer named Lucas (Peter Boyle) to run against towering Republican incumbent Crocker Jarman (Don Porter) in the California...
That a humdinger of a film festival will leave its attendees biased in favor of lesser fare appears to be the reason thousands (if not by now hundreds of thousands) of festivals continue to exist. That said, no small part of the thrill for me in covering TIFF last year was the chance to see Julio Medem’s Ma Ma starring Penélope Cruz, premiering in conjunction with its release in the filmmaker’s native Spain....

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