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Q&A with Gabrielle Stemmer, dir. Clean With Me (After Dark)

Through a very clever and revealing video montage, Gabrielle Stemmer not only sheds light on somewhat depressing phenomenon of cleaning videos on YouTube but silently and subtly unearths the loneliness and neuroses that often underpin it, in a (...)

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Q&A with Yves Gellie, dir. L’Année du robot - Clermont 2020

At the crossroads of art and science, this film centers on human beings and robots as their artificial counterparts. Like a series of archival documents detailing the first contacts and exchanges between human beings and a robot, the film (...)

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Q&A with Mehdi Benallal, dir. Madame Baurès - Clermont 2020

A stroll through the present-day municipalities of Vincennes and Saint Mandé, once home to Madame Baurès, a woman and Communist. The filmmaker’s voice-over recounts the memory of the story that Ray­monde had entrusted to him. (Cinéma du Réel) This (...)

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Q&A with Ioseb “Soso” Bliadze, dir. Tradition - Clermont 2020

Two German tourists travel around Georgia and encounter the country’s culture, traditions and some more conservative attitudes. A brave film in which the director’s passion for the subject and anger at the prejudices faced by many gay people in (...)

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Q&A with Noël Fuzellier, dir. Mars Colony - ClermontFF 2020

Logan is a sci-fi obsessed awkward teenager who often finds himself the butt of his friends’ jokes. One day, he’s visited by an older man who claims to be him, 39 years from now and asks him to join him on a mission to save humankind. A sci-fi (...)

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Q&A with Ariane Labed, dir. Olla - ClermontFF 2020

Olla responded to an advertisement on an Eastern women dating site. She moves in with Pierre, who lives with his old mother. But nothing happens as planned. First time director but seasoned actress Labed brings us a visually distinctive look at (...)

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Q&A with Valerie Barnhart, dir. The Girl in the Hallway - ClermontFF 2020

Why does "Little Red Riding Hood" give Jamie nightmares? It’s been fifteen years, and the girl in the hallway still haunts him. This is a testament to locked doors. A lullaby sung by wolves with duct tape and polaroids. Not all girls make it out (...)

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Short of the Week: Nefta Football Club, dir. Yves Piat

In a Tunisian village, children are playing football on a wasteland. Meanwhile, Abdallah and Mohammed come across a donkey with headphones on his ears and bags full of a white powder on his back. The two young brothers decide to bring those bags (...)

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LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL - Conte Anglais (dir: Daniel Marc Janes)

This sweet, topical short from director Daniel Marc Janes is both profound and poignant, masterfully touching on the English psyche from an outsider perspective. Shot in 16mm, the visually warm picture ends with a more succinct and intimate (...)

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Encounters 2019 Arab selection

Strange Cities Are Familiar, Dir. Saeed Taji Farouky At once lyrical and political, this film centres on a beautifully understated performance by Mohammad Bakri as Ashraf, a refugee living in London who is unable to return to Palestine to be (...)

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