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Film: What Is Left? (2014)

Film: What Is Left? (2014)

May 5, 2014 | By

The makers of the festival favourite Italy: Love It or Leave It (2011) return with this satirical poke at Italy’s colourful political figures while genuinely searching for a definition (and contemporary equivalent) to what constitutes a left-wing, socialist party in Italy…

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Film: Jutra (2014)

Film: Jutra (2014)

April 30, 2014 | By

A pivotal member of Quebec’s first wave of internationally acclaimed filmmakers, Claude Jutra rose to international acclaim with Mon oncle Antoine (1971), his feature film debut after making several shorts at the NFB during the 1950s and 1960s, and yet the quirks of the Canadian film industry…

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Film: Love Hotel, The (2014)

Film: Love Hotel, The (2014)

April 30, 2014 | By

As Japan moves towards a more conservative stance, the survival of its 37,000 love hotels – overnight lodging where guests can indulge in sexual fantasies outside of their restrictive jobs and personal lives – is more uncertain, making Philip Cox and Hikaru Toda’s film a time capsule of a once-permissive business a thing of the past…

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Film: Nose – Searching for Blamage, The / Nose – Zoeken naar Blamage, The (2013)

Film: Nose – Searching for Blamage, The / Nose – Zoeken naar Blamage, The (2013)

April 30, 2014 | By

The playfulness of perfume creator Alessandro Gualtieri is captured in Paul Ritger’s bubbly and infectious film, as Gualtieri and his extraordinary nose travels from Holland to India, Dubai, and Morocco in search of the most authentic ingredients to create his third perfume, branded “Blamage”…

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Film: Pipeline / Truba (2013)

Film: Pipeline / Truba (2013)

April 30, 2014 | By

Home to the world’s largest natural gas reserve, Siberia’s Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod pipeline stretches 4500 kilometers from Russia’s northern region through Europe, providing energy for cooking and heating in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, and France…

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HOT DOCS 2014: Reviews Set 2

HOT DOCS 2014: Reviews Set 2

April 26, 2014 | By

Advance Hot Docs 2014 Reviews, Set 2, include: Doc of the Dead, Happiness, Khrushchev Does America, and Self(less) Portraits.

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Film: Doc of the Dead (2014)

Film: Doc of the Dead (2014)

April 26, 2014 | By

With there being a good five documentaries on George A. Romero’s own zombie films, one would think any filmic treatise dealing with zombies in movies has been beaten to death (answer: a heavy leaning towards yes), so rather than regurgitate the familiar…

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Film: Happiness (2013)

Film: Happiness (2013)

April 26, 2014 | By

Thomas Balmès’ film begins with 1999 footage of Bhutan’s King Jigme Wangchuck declaring to a cheering populace his reluctant blessing to start rolling out the infrastructure for TV and internet in his rural mountainous nation…

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Film: Khrushchev Does America (2013)

Film: Khrushchev Does America (2013)

April 26, 2014 | By

Tim Toidze’s background in editing and producing a multitude of historical films serves him well in this roughly hour-long chronology of Nikita Khrushchev’s 1959 visit to America where the shoe-banging ‘We will bury you’ …

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Film: Self(less) Portraits (2014)

Film: Self(less) Portraits (2014)

April 26, 2014 | By

The personal reflections, confessions, and deeply private thoughts of 50 people might be a bit heavy at 98 mins., but Danic Champoux’s semi-experimental film is a meticulously arranged collage of human vulnerabilities, captured by a locked camera that occasionally slow-zooms towards the raconteurs…

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