“They’re Not Normal People”: Azazel Jacobs’s French ExitBy Madeline Whittle
An exceptional ensemble castincluding Michelle Pfeiffer and Lucas Hedgesrenders the absurd with singular emotional nuance (and comic timing) in Azazel Jacobss latest, co-written by and adapted from a novel by Patrick DeWitt.
FERNANDA VALADEZ and ASTRID RONDERO with Caitlin Quinlan
Filmmaking partners Fernanda Valadez and Astrid Ronderos Identifying Features empathetically depicts the effects of border disappearances on Mexicos inner and outer landscapes.
Rebel Against Reality: The Spheres of Henri PlaatBy Marius Hrdy
Dutch visual artist Henri Plaats 8mm and 16mm films, influenced by his memories of World War II and contemporaneous newsreels, playfully examine the persistence of the past within the present.
The People's Demands Are Lawful: Jill Li's Lost CourseBy Matt Turner
Jill Lis longitudinal documentary follows the group of activists behind the Wukan Protests of 2011 and the ever-developing interpersonal dynamics between them as they transition from protesting political corruption to governing themselves.
Communion and Expression: “21st Century Japan: Films from 2001–2020” at Japan SocietyBy Jaime Grijalba
Japan Society and the Agency for Cultural Affairs proposes a perfectly cinephilic survey of the century so far that favors the deep cut over the known masterpiece, with the likes of Naomi Kawase and Hirokazu Kore-eda sharing the spotlight with younger filmmakers to forward a Proustian snapshot of the past two decades of Japanese cinema.