Dustin Chang
Contributing Writer; New York

Interview: Lisandro Alonso On JAUJA And Cinema Of Searching

Known for his use of non-actors, loose narrative and minimal dialog, Lisandro Alonso's films are at once real and otherworldly. His cinematic explorations are often mysterious and open-ended. He is definitely not into making crowd pleasing blockbusters with big name... More »
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ND/NF 2015 Review: TU DORS NICOLE, A Charming, Deftly Surrealistic Slacker Comedy

Quebec based filmmaker Stéphane Lefleur's wry slacker comedy Tu dors Nicole (You Are Sleeping, Nicole) stars Julianne Côté in the title role of Nicole, a 20 something young woman with one foot still firmly lodged in childhood and the other... More »
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Review: 3 HEARTS, A Showcase For Tender Side Of Charlotte Gainsbourg

Marc (Benoit Poelvoorde of Man Bites Dog, Coco Before Chanel), a shlumpy tax investigator, just missed the train back to Paris. He now has to spend the night in a provincial town whether he likes it or not. By... More »
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Interview: Benoit Jacquot On 3 HEARTS And Being Women's Director

Benoit Jacquot started his career as Marguerite Duras' assistant director in the 70s and went on to direct many films with strong female characters. In doing so, he catapulted the careers of many actresses into leading ladies of French cinema,... More »
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Rendez-vous With French Cinema 2015: A Treasure Trove For Francophiles

Rendez-vous with French Cinema, a co-presentation of Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films, has become a de facto film festival for francophiles over the years. A showcase of contemporary French cinema, this year's lineup includes 22 features and... More »
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Film Comment Selects 2015 Review: PHOENIX, A Masterful, Lean Film Noir

Christian Petzold (Ghosts, Barbara), perhaps one of the most gifted storytellers working in cinema today, strikes gold again with Phoenix, a Hitchcockian, postwar noir revenge flick. Clocking in at a very lean 98 minutes, the film revolves around a concentration camp survivor named... More »
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Review: Joyless Rebellion In Joel Potrykus's Hilarious, Disturbing BUZZARD

BAMcinématek at the BAM Rose Cinemas will present a special advance screening of Joel Potrykus' Buzzard on March 4th, followed by a Q&A with the director and screenings of his previous two films, Coyote and Ape. Please visit BAM website... More »
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Film Comment Selects 2015: Choice Cuts From Old, New And Around The World

Film Comment Selects, Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual film series that showcases the best films from all corners of the world selected by folks at Film Comment magazine, marks the arrival of spring for New York cinephiles in an... More »
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Shine Like A Diamond: GIRLHOOD Director Céline Sciamma Interview

With two very lovely coming of age films (Water Lilies and Tomboy) under her belt, Céline Sciamma charts a new, yet still familiar, territory with her most accomplished film to date, Girlhood. Unlike her previous films, Girlhood stars all black... More »
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'I Am TIMBUKTU': Abderramane Sissako Interview

A lot has happened since I talked with Abderramane Sissako last October at the New York Film Festival. Islamic terrorists' attack on the headquarter of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store in Paris this January shook... More »
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Review: MAGICIAN, A Massive Collage Tribute To Orson Welles

In Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles, documentarian Chuck Workman, best known for his assembled clips for the Oscar ceremonies, including In Memoriam segments, doesn't have to do much to enhance the drama in Welles' life because... More »
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Review: INHERENT VICE, Say Hello To The American Psyche, Circa 1970

Paul Thomas Anderson faithfully adapts Thomas Pynchon's most accessible novel, the zaniest surf noir, Inherent Vice. It is also the first time he's worked with a large ensemble cast since Magnolia. The result is often hilarious, a laborious snapshot of... More »
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Review: CONCERNING VIOLENCE, A Potent Look At Colonization Of Africa And Its Ugly Aftermath

Whew, where do I begin.... Concerning Violence, a new stock footage documentary from Goran Hugo Olsson (Black Power Mixtape) is an extremely sharp indictment on the colonization and its aftermath of the African continent. The matter of fact headiness of... More »
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Review: ZERO MOTIVATION Is A Sharply Observed Military Comedy

Stationed in the middle of dusty nowhere, the girls of the administration hub in an Israeli military post spend their time making coffees for the senior officers and doing boring office duties day in and day out. It's far from... More »
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Interview: Men Versus The Avalanche - Director Ruben Östlund On FORCE MAJEURE

Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund's new film Force Majeure, a wickedly funny jab at modern masculinity, garnered a lot of buzz as it made the rounds on festival circuit. It has earned its fair share of love from the Twitch community... More »
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Interview: FORCE MAJEURE Actor Johannes Bah Kuhnke on Being A Coward

Johannes Bah Kuhnke, the hunky lead in Ruben Östlund's biting Swedish comedy Force Majeure, was in town to promote the film along with his director. I had a chance to chat briefly with the actor who plays a character carrying... More »
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NYC Happenings: HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR 4K Restoration And By Marguerite Duras, A Film Series On Influential 'Nouveau Roman' Novelist At FSLC

With 4K digital restoration and re-release of Alain Resnais' 1959 classic, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Film Society of Lincoln Center announces a series devoted to the film works of a Nouveau Roman giant Marguerite Duras who provided the screenplay for the... More »
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New York 2014 Review: Exorcising The Past in HORSE MONEY

Horse Money is astonishingly beautiful in its visual poetry! Pedro Costa, who wanted to capture the life in Lisbon's ghetto area called Fontainhas in the late 90s, made a beautiful film called Bones (Ossos). During the shoot, he saw much... More »
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New York 2014 Review: It's The Trip, Not The Destination, In INHERENT VICE

P. T. Anderson faithfully adapts Thomas Pynchon's most accessible novel, the zaniest surf noir, Inherent Vice. It is also the first time he's worked with a large ensemble cast since Magnolia. The result is often hilarious, a laborious snapshot of... More »
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'The Treasure Is Already On Your Back': THE WONDERS Director Alice Rohrwacher Interview

Alice Rohrwacher's The Wonders (Le Meraviglie), a dramedy about a rural Italian agrarian community, took home the Grand Prix at this years Cannes Film Fest. It's an amazing feat considering it's only the second feature of a 33 year old... More »
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