On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by a tsunami and the worst earthquake in its recorded history. Filmmaker Atsushi Funahashi soon made two feature-length works dealing with survival and renewal in their wake.
The documentary Nuclear...
2 years ago | Film and TV
Gebo and the Shadow is a film about concrete, hard, material things, as well as one about illusions. Its dramatic elements are simple. The 105-year-old filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira's adaptation of Raul Brandão's 1923 play unfolds almost ent...
Tenderness fills Patrice Chéreau's films both as safe haven and as weaponry. It can be found throughout Queen Margot (1994), a tale of romance in a bloody era (whose script Chéreau and co-writer Danièle Thompson...
3 years ago | Film and TV
The French film/opera/theater director Patrice Chéreau, who died this past October at age 68, once told an interviewer he saw human relations as being like rugby or football, in which "everybody is intertwined and trying to kick everyone el...
Around 3 million Polish Jews -- about 90 percent of the population -- were killed by the Nazis. A few thousand gentiles sought to save the rest.
The new Polish film Ida considers this time from the vantage point of 1962, rendered...
3 years ago
Alain Resnais's last completed film, Life of Riley (2014), presents a group of aging friends who plan, hope, wish, dream, and scheme after they learn that one of their own is dying. The doomed man, George Riley, never shown onscreen, is enlisted t...