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Homo Sapiens Directed by Nikolaus Geyrhalter July 29-August 4 at Anthology Film Archives An eerily serene whistle-stop tour of abandoned built environments, Nikolaus Geyrhalter’s estimable Homo Sapiens imagines a purely (if not outlandishly) speculative scenario: a near-future world from which humans have vanished. The Austrian filmmaker, who here keeps his camera motionless, shuttles among depopulated contemporary ruins as far-flung as Fukushima and a stateside mall, where the movie theater will forevermore be advertising showtimes for Happy Feet...
The 66th annual Berlin International Film Festival ran February 11-21. Walking around Berlin in the thick, grey winter (perhaps, specifically, as a foreigner) is oddly analogous to the moviegoing experience: there’s a strange sense of freedom to be found amid the pervasive, yet decidedly shared, sense of isolation that hovers over the city. Now in its 66th year, the Berlinale unfolds primarily in and around the bubble of Potsdamer Platz, a central, post-war creation that’s...
Doc Fortnight 2016 February 19-29 at MoMA The fifteenth edition of Doc Fortnight comes to the Museum of Modern Art this year with an array of twenty programs representing twenty-nine films. The series (previously known as “Documentary Fortnight”) offers a remarkable array of nonfiction filmmaking whose diverse best works are each marked by a perceptive and curious gaze. Roughly half of the filmmakers represented in the series (several of whom will be on hand for screenings) speak...

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