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CAIRO INTERNACIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016: POLAR BOY BY ANUN AUN (ENG)

By Tara Judah

Using disappointingly one-dimensional stereotypes to tell a male coming-of-age story is Anu Aun’s Estonian entry into the Official Competition at the 38th Cairo International Film Festival, Polaarpoiss (Polar Boy).

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CAIRO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016: AFTER THE STORM BY HIROKASU KORE-EDA (ENG)

By Tara Judah

Here, Ryota (Hiroshi Abe) returns home after a patriarchal death in the family, hoping to find the strength to take up his own role within the flimsy structure of gendered society. The territory is well trodden as Abe played another son trying to become a symbol of the patriarch after a familial death, also named Ryota, in Kore-eda’s 2008 film, Still Walking.

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CAIRO INTERNACIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016: ANNA’S LIFE BY NINO BASILIA (ENG)

A new article by Tara Judah about Anna’s Life by Nino Basilia, from Cairo Internacional Film Festival, Competition for Feature and Documentary : Official Selection.

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CAIRO INTERNACIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016: TJUVHEDER BY PETER GRÖNLUND (ENG)

By Tara Judah

It may be a stretch to call them ‘popular’, but Sans toit ni loi (Vagabond, Agnès Varda, 1985), Wendy and Lucy (Kelly Reichardt, 2008) and Cathy Come Home (Ken Loach, 1964) are engaging and well revered films about homeless women. Tjuvheder (Drifters), which has screened in Sweden and Norway and at a handful of international film festivals (including Thessaloniki, Göteborg, Munich, Norrköping, Donostia-San Sebastian, and now Cairo) is a Swedish film about two homeless women who are stuck in a cycle of poverty and substance abuse.

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NYFF 2016: I CALLED HIM MORGAN BY KASPER COLLIN (ENG)

By Tanner Tafelski

Morgan did a lot of living in those 15 years, and Kasper Collin traces them in his second documentary about a jazz musician, I Called Him Morgan. The tools at his disposal are standard and have the potential to make for a standard documentary: a stew of archival audio and visual footage as well as talking head interviews recorded for the film. Collin uses them so impeccably though that his documentary transcends its materials.

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NYFF 2016: PATERSON BY JIM JARMUSCH (ENG)

By Tanner Tafelski

But the most quietly striking thing about the film is Affonso Gonçalves editing. His work shines during musical montages with delicious superimpositions that convey the sense of time flowing by as Paterson drives. Gonçalves is one of the most recognizable editors working in cinema today.

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