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Staying Vertical plays October 11 and 12 as part of the main slate of the 54th New York Film Festival. Strand Releasing will release the movie in February of 2017. Follow our coverage of NYFF 2016 here. Staying Vertical is in many ways what many of us were hoping for and expecting after director Alain Guiraudie’s previous film, the excellent Stranger by the Lake (2014), transposing that film’s stylistic precision onto a loose and rambling...
Kaili Blues Directed by Gan Bi Opens May 20 at the Metrograph It’s easy to read Kaili Blues through first-time director Gan Bi’s background as a poet, given its elliptical narrative and emphasis on allusive beats and lyrical imagery. But such an approach might miss just how remarkably focused on material and sensual elements this stylistically astonishing debut is. It’s not that poetry isn’t central to the film—which occasionally pauses for recitations of enigmatic shards of poetry...
Afternoon Directed by Tsai Ming-liang April 1-7 at the Metrograph Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang showed no signs of ceasing to put out work since declaring himself finished with filmmaking after 2013’s excellent feature Stray Dogs—there were several iterations of his "monk walking slowly" series, with Denis Lavant and his ever-present muse Lee Kang-sheng in Walker and Journey to the West, respectively, along with other short-to-mid-length pieces—but Afternoon is his first full-length work since then, clocking in at...
Migrating Forms March 4-10 at BAM Returning for its 7th annual festival, Migrating Forms takes a slightly different tack this year, aiming for depth over breadth by showing multiple works from the artists and collectives within each program of shorter works, as well as multiple features from single directors. It’s a welcome change for the New York festival environment—where work tangential to what might have once been termed the "avant-garde" often winds up slotted into eclectic...