Shock Waves: Diary of My Mind–French Tale of Comlex Teacher-Student Relationship

Made for Swiss TV, Ursula Meier’s fact-inspired drama, Shock Waves: Diary of My Mind, which world premiered at the 2018 Berlin Film Fest, centers on an unusual complex and intimate instructor-student relationship. It tells the story of a French literature teacher forced to reexamine her teaching methods and responsibilities when one of her students commits […]

Transit: Petzold’s Holocaust Drama

Germany’s Christian Petzold, which world premiered at the 2018 Berlin Film Fest, revisits the themes of WWII trauma and identity confusion that dominated his previous film “Phoenix.” “Transit” is a Holocaust drama in modern dress, the disconnect between its historical context and contemporary appearance open to interpretation about the rise of right wing politics.   […]

Directors: Artists Vs. Craftsmen

I know I shouldn’t say this, but if you surround a first-time director with a great director of photography, editor, production design, and first assistant director, almost anyone can make a film–Dale Pollack

Generation Wealth: Lauren Greenfield’s Docu

After thorough seeking and searching, Lauren Greenfield realized that much of her work pointed at one uniting phenomenon: wealth culture.

Peppermint Soda (Diabolo Menthe) (1977): Diane Kurys’ Personal Film

The heroine of Diane Kurys’ personal dramedy, Peppermint Soda, which is set in Paris in 1963, is a teenager named Anne. Anne lives in Paris with her mother and her older sister, Frédérique. School is about to begin as they’re just back from summer at the beach with their father. For Frederique, like other adolescents, […]