Dustin Chang
Contributing Writer; New York

'We Search For Our Own Paradise But We All Fail': Ulrich Seidl Interview

The Film Society of Lincoln Center hosts Ulrich Seidl, controverisial Austrian director of Dog Days, Import/Export and now the Paradise Trilogy, in a special Film Comment Selects series. It's a rare occasion to watch Love, Faith and Hope, back to... More »

Review: Baring Body And Soul In Ulrich Seidl's PARADISE: FAITH

The second installment of the Paradise Trilogy by Austrian provocateur Ulrich Seidl, Paradise: Faith premiered at the Venice Film Fest last year (Love at Cannes 2012 and Hope at the Berlinale 2013). And it will be screening as a part of... More »

Review: IN THE HOUSE is François Ozon's Best in Years

In François Ozon's new film In the House, it is clear from the title sequence on a school notebook and as Fabrice Luchini's jaded high school literature teacher cynically commenting on the new rule on school uniforms in the first... More »

Review: WHICH WAY IS THE FRONT LINE FROM HERE? Tells the Story of a Brave Combat Journalist

Tell me if I'm wrong, but I think it is the fantasy of many young men to travel to the hot spots of armed conflict and be a war photographer. It's that combination of danger, wanderlust, detachment from material world and... More »

Interview: Sebastian Junger On The Life Of A Combat Reporter

Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington is a documentary about a well-regarded combat reporter who died in a rocket attack by the Gaddafi troops in Misrata, Libya, in 2011. It is directed... More »

Preview: This Year's ND/NF Offers Somber Works Of Realism, An Unforgettable Doc & Auteur Driven Sci-fi

A staple of the New York Film scene, New Directors/New Films rolls out this year's selections from March 20th - 31st at The Film Society of Lincoln Center and MoMA. Dustin Chang, our senior contributor from the Five Burroughs, offers... More »

Review: BEYOND THE HILLS Goes Way Beyond Being Just Another Movie About Exorcism

Christian Mungiu, the leading figure of Romanian New Wave, strikes again with Beyond the Hills. Just like his Palme d'Or winner 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, which elevated a rather unpleasant subject matter (illegal abortion) into a dizzying,... More »

Review: LEVIATHAN Enthralls, Blows Minds

It's dark. First, you hear the eerie clanking of metal and waves: sound of something heavy, something industrial getting pulled out of the bubbling sea. It's all abstract: saturated colors -- iridescent blue, yellow, red and green all mixed in.... More »

Series Preview: Rendez-Vous with French Cinema

The 18th Edition of this New York tradition, Rendez-Vous with French Cinema unveils perhaps their most diverse line-up in years. This range includes grand and engaging entertainments such as Régis Roinsard's Populaire (Opening Night film with its stars Romain Duris... More »

Interview: Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel on LEVIATHAN and the Possibilities of Cinema

Leviathan, a stunning piece of audio-visual whatsit shot on tiny HD cameras on a fishing vessel, made a splash last year at various film festivals, including Locarno, TIFF, NYFF and this year's Forum section of Berlinale. The film's receiving a... More »

Film Comment Selects 2013 Review: WHITE EPILEPSY is a Noble Failure

White Epilepsy is the latest from the esteemed French visual artist Philippe Grandrieux (Sombre, La Vie Nouvelle, Un Lac).It starts with a back side of an androgynous nude figure in the dark accompanied by the sound of nocturnal insects. The... More »

Opening: BESTIAIRE Examines The Nature Of Gaze

With his new narrative feature Vic+Flo Saw a Bear playing at this years Berlinale (read Twitch review here) and snatching the Alfred Bauer Prize/Silver Bear, the adventurous Québécois film critic turned director Denis Côté's intriguing little documentary Bestiaire gets a... More »

We Are All The Same: Abbas Kiarostami Interview

In my short career as a film journalist/blogger, I have been lucky enough to interview some of my idols over the years -- Claire Denis, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Michael Haneke and John Sayles among them. But no one (not even Haneke!)... More »

IFFR 2013 Review: LORE Finds The Awful Truth In Pretty Pictures

After her well-received debut feature Summersault (2004), a small indie film about a young woman's sexual awakening that launched the careers of Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington, directing a WWII drama in Germany with all German cast is a curious... More »

Moving Picture: A Close-Up Of Abbas Kiarostami at FSLC

Coinciding with the North American release of his new film, Like Someone In Love, The Film Society of Lincoln Center presents A Close-Up of Abbas Kiarostami: a 9 day retrospective (February 8th - 17th) featuring the Iranian master filmmaker's documentaries,... More »

Review: GINGER & ROSA Goes Nuclear

The new film by director Sally Potter (Orlando, Tango Lesson) starts with stock footage of an atomic blast. A great way to open a film, if it was an Ed Wood B-picture. But Ginger & Rosa is not one of... More »

Preview: Global Lens 2013 At MoMA Offers High Caliber Cinema From Around The World

Global Film Initiative (GFI) and MoMA present Global Lens 2013: 10 films from developing film communities as diverse as Kazakhstan and Chile, in a traveling exhibition. From January 10th - 25th, the program holds up shop in NYC, where many... More »

Interview: Miguel Gomes Talks TABU And The State Of Portuguese Cinema

Tabu, a film that playfully evokes the golden age of silent cinema, took home the FIPRESCI Jury Prize and Alfred Baeur Prize for Artistic Innovation at this year's Berlin Film Festival. Its director, Miguel Gomes, along with Pedro Costa, Manoel... More »

Review: BARBARA Tears Down the Wall

As a leading figure of Berliner Schule, director Christian Petzold has been portraying 'lost' people in both literal and metaphorical sense: desperate souls cornered into making tough and sometimes wrong decisions brought on by economic hardships in the post-global recession... More »

Love, Dignity, and Death: Michael Haneke Talks AMOUR

Austrian film director Michael Haneke took home the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes for the second time after his The White Ribbon in 2009 and swept the year-end European film awards with his austere, devastating film Amour. I got... More »
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