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Author: Leonardo Goi

Of Wars, Memories, and Fiction: The 9th Odessa International Film Festival

From Odessa’s side of the Black Sea, Crimea is about 300 km away. If you squint your eyes hard enough and the night weather allows it, attendees of the Odessa International Film Festival (OIFF) told me you could see the peninsula’s lights flickering above the water far East. I tried hard all throughout my four-day trip to the Ukrainian port city, but never managed. As Odessa’s extravaganza celebrated its 9th birthday this year, Crimea felt beguilingly faraway, and the festival served as a place to reckon with the unresolved conflict that’s been plaguing the region since the violent annexation...

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Coming of and Grappling with Age: In Praise of Mike Mills’ “20th Century Women”

There’s a scene in Mike Mills’ memorably gorgeous 20th Century Women (2016) that I always come back to. We’re inside Dorothea’s room, in that Santa Barbara Victorian house the 50-something chain-smoking Amelia Earhart lookalike (played with career-high bravado by Annette Bening) lives in with her 15-year-old son Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann) and two other boarders, 28-year-old Abbie (Greta Gerwig) and 40-something William (Billy Crudup). The year is 1979, and it’s almost dawn. Dorothea sits on her bed and cringes in motherly fear as Abbie recounts the night she just spent roaming around Santa Barbara with Jamie — the way...

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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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