Author - Jessica Kiang

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IDFA Film Review: ‘The Dead Nation’
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Film Review: ‘Virus Tropical’
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Film Review: ‘Scary Mother’

IDFA Film Review: ‘The Dead Nation’

For anyone who’s ever riffled through a stack of old photos in a flea market and realized with absent melancholy that it’s likely many of the vividly smiling, posing subjects have since passed away, Romanian director Radu Jude’s hypnotic “The Dead Nation” is a gently uncanny, feature-length version of that experience. Not so much a […]

Film Review: ‘Virus Tropical’

The name of the L.A.-based festival that celebrated its inaugural edition in October is declarative: Animation Is Film. But that manifesto is only partially upheld by Santiago Caicedo’s black-and-white feature “Virus Tropical,” which is closely adapted from the graphic novel of the same name by Power Paola, the nom de plume of Colombian-Ecuadorian cartoonist Paola […]

Film Review: ‘Scary Mother’

The vast, largely unmapped terrain of a middle-aged mom’s creative life gets a witchily weird, uncompromisingly assured showcase in Georgian director Ana Urushadze’s exhilaratingly offbeat oddity. Premiering in Locarno, awarded in Sarajevo and now playing in competition at the 54th Antalya Film Festival, “Scary Mother” is also Georgia’s Oscar submission for the foreign language film […]

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