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Baden Baden Directed by Rachel Lang November 25-December 1 at Anthology Film Archives Why do we find ourselves adrift? Ana (Salomé Richard), the twenty-something heroine of Rachel Lang’s ebullient and substantial first feature, Baden Baden, is drifting through her time of unlearning—a heady and precarious period, often between youth and adulthood, when all the moral lessons of childhood have eroded, and no structures of commitment, purpose, or devotion have yet been built in their place. In the...
Demon Directed by Marcin Wrona Opens September 9 Cynics and pragmatists suggest that unknown factors surface after marriage. Demon, an often auspicious union of satire and horror, offers a variation. The night before his country-house wedding, Piotr (Itay Tiran) conducts the traditional investigation of a suspicious noise, and is sucked down into the mud, where unknown factors enter into him. In one of the film’s several clever anti-climaxes, his friend and future brother-in-law Jasny (Tomasz Schuchardt) later...
For the Plasma Directed by Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan July 21-28 at Anthology Film Archives In its obvious, 16mm love for wilderness, its desire both to capitalize on and dismiss tradition, and its stubborn refusal to cohere, For the Plasma is a very American production. It’s also a tiny, independent first feature, co-directed by Bingham Bryant and Kyle Molzan, which means that anyone watching or writing about it will feel both invested and responsible, the way...
The Innocents Directed by Anne Fontaine Opens July 1 Anne Fontaine’s The Innocents is a movie about nuns becoming mothers, and in the attempt to stave off audience incredulity, it is a very serious film. The nuns, a Polish Benedictine community, have been raped by Red Army soldiers (Soviet forces advanced across Poland, against Nazi Germany, in 1945). The French Red Cross doctor Mathilde (Lou de Laâge), secretly brought in to help the women who have become...