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Louder than Bombs Directed by Joachim Trier Opens April 8 It feels a little unbelievable, and very unfair, that Joachim Trier is just three films into his career. The pogoing Reprise (2006), the city symphony Oslo, August 31st (2011) and now Louder than Bombs, about a father and two sons living through the aftershocks of their wife and mother’s death, are the works of a sensibility prolific in intellect if not productivity, even as they focus consistently...
Valley of Love Directed by Guillaume Nicloux Opens March 25 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center Death Valley has been swallowing movie characters up ever since the silent era: The hulking dentist McTeague met his end on the salt flats in Erich von Stroheim’s Greed, and the two travelers of Gus Van Sant’s Gerry got very lost indeed staggering through the same terrain, to cite just a couple examples. In French writer-director Guillaume Nicloux’s strange and...
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...