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Author: Justine Smith

A Treasure Hunt to Find New Talents: An Interview with Zsuzsanna Kiràly

Working between Komplizen Film and her own production company, Flaneur Films, Zsuzsanna Kiràly has a pulse on the future of cinema. With Komplizen Film she works in project development, collaborating with some of the great auteurs of the modern era. With screen credits on Tabu (2012), Scarred Hearts (2016), and Toni Erdmann (2016), she works behind the scenes, helping filmmakers bring their vision to light. In 2017, she began her own production company, Flaneur Films, where she has worked as a producer on a number of experimental shorts. While still a side project, films made under the company banner...

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Rhythm and Rights: Agnès Varda’s Feminist Musical “One Sings, the Other Doesn’t”

In 1977, Agnès Varda released her decade-spanning women’s rights musical, One Sings, the Other Doesn’t. Focusing on the friendship between two young women, the film depicts their struggles and evolution over 10 years in the women’s movement, which at the time, strived for access to abortion rights. It is an intimate and politically charged film about the risks and trials of modern life, and should not feel as pertinent as it does. And yet, in light of the May 25th, 2018 vote to repeal the Irish constitution’s Eighth Amendment, throwing out the country’s long-standing ban on abortions, the film...

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Alexa-Jeanne Dubé, From Actor to Director

Alexa-Jeanne Dubé is taking Québec by storm. Over the past five years, she has acted in a number of high-profile arthouse films and has many more on the way. She is perhaps best known for her recurring role on the award-winning web series, Féminin/Féminin (2014–). In 2017, she made her debut as a director with a short film, “Oui mais non,” which is about a cold winter’s night and overwhelming but unreciprocated longing between neighbors. Her most recent film as an actor is Claire l’hiver (2017), a naturalistic narrative about a young woman in Montreal whose life falls apart...

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Kinotalks: Written in the Stars—Claude Lelouch

Claude Lelouch recently turned 80. For over 50 years he has thrilled and surprised audiences with an eclectic body of work, including A Man and a Woman (1966), “C’était un rendez-vous” (1976), and Les Misérables (1995). With over 60 directing credits, he has shown little sign of slowing down as he releases a new film every couple of years. His filmic style reflects the breadth of his work, for it cannot be categorized in terms of genre and style as conventional scenes break into musicals, and drama quickly shifts to comedy. A pillar of French cinema, he has a...

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