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Author: Leonardo Goi

Happy Birthday, “Mon Oncle”

My grandfather had beautiful, intelligent eyes, a pair of big lips, and a boxer’s nose. Long before I saw Breathless (1960), my mother would tell me that he looked like Jean-Paul Belmondo. In my child’s mind, that sounded like a bullfighter’s name, and for a while the two images became one: my grandpa swirling elegantly between bulls, his eyes and hands too gentle to harm any of them. He started a company that sold vacuum pumps with his two brothers after World War II, and he spent years flying from one country to another, powering through jet lags and...

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“I Know Myself”: Falling in Love and Growing Up in “Call Me by Your Name”

The morning after his arrival in that place “somewhere in Northern Italy,” Oliver (Armie Hammer) wakes up in the Perlmans’ villa and heads for breakfast. The year is 1983, the day is bright and hazy, and out by the orchard, Professor Perlman (Michael Stuhlbarg), his wife Annella (Amira Casar), and 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) are waiting. Hungry and jet-lagged, Oliver devours a soft-boiled egg, but when Annella offers him a second, he politely refuses: “I know myself too well, if I have a second I am going to have a third and then a fourth, and then you’re just...

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Marta Hernaiz Pidal on “Dobro” and “The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić”

For Mexican director Marta Hernaiz Pidal, 2018 is off to a terrific start. An award-winning director and alum of Mexico’s Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión and the Béla Tarr-led Film.Factory, her debut feature The Chaotic Life of Nada Kadić just premiered at the Berlinale in the festival’s Forum sidebar. A road trip movie following a mother and her autistic daughter making their way through Bosnia and Montenegro, it ushers in Hernaiz as a remarkable new voice in contemporary Latin American cinema. Kinoscope (which is currently streaming her 2016 short “Dobro”), spoke with Hernaiz about her career, filmmaking style,...

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An Interview With Theodore Collatos

Five years after his last feature, Dipso (2012), a Brooklyn based director Theodore Collatos returns to the big screen with a claustrophobic new thriller, Tormenting the Hen (2017). A New York couple—Claire (Dameka Hayes), a theater director, and Monica (Carolina Monnerat), an environmental engineer—travel to an idyllic countryside retreat in The Berkshires, Massachusetts. Monica plans to work on a new play she’s putting on, and Claire hopes to enjoy time with her girlfriend. But an overly intrusive host (Matthew Shaw as Mutty) throws the couple’s dynamics into disarray, as unresolved tensions between the two women resurface in a crescendo...

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Eastern Promises, aka Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival: Secret Ingredient

“I’ll work something out,” says Vele (Blagoj Veselinov), as he refuses the spare change his boss offers him in lieu of an overdue salary, in Gjorce Stavreski’s fulminating debut feature, Secret Ingredient (2017). A thirty-something mechanic from Skopje, Macedonia, Vele has lost his mother and brother to a car accident, and now spends his days repairing trains and looking after his bedridden and cancer-stricken father, Sazdo (Anastas Tanovski). Money is tight, the medications cost too much and the cancer has already metastasized. But upon discovering a bag of drugs hidden by local thugs inside a train, things take an...

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