A.J. Goldmann


'The Search' Relives Auschwitz — in Chechnya

By A.J. Goldmann

'The Search' Relives Auschwitz — in Chechnya
Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius has updated the classic Holocaust melodrama ‘The Search.’ Yet he gives the film a haunting new setting: Chechnya.Read More


Kafkaesque 'Wild Tales' Is Jewish Film from Argentina Inspired by Steven Spielberg

By A.J. Goldmann

Kafkaesque 'Wild Tales' Is Jewish Film from Argentina Inspired by Steven Spielberg
‘Wild Tales,’ the latest film by Argentinean Damian Szifron includes of surreal, violent vignettes about losing control. Our critic loves the one in which a Jewish wedding gets ruined.Read More


Cannes Diary #5: Prizes and Farewells

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Cannes Diary #4: Strong Women On Screen

By A.J. Goldmann

Cannes Diary #4: Strong Women On Screen
Of the themes to emerge during this year’s Cannes Film Festival — incest, dogs, neglected children — uncommonly strong women have been the most pervasive. This seems appropriate in a year where the jury is presided over by Jane Campion, the only woman to win a Palme d’Or in the history of the festival. As the festival opened, Campion accused the film industry of “inherent sexism.” Thierry Fremeux, who runs the festival, has by way of a rebuttal pointed out that one-fifth of the films in the official selection are by female directors, including two in competition.Read More


Cannes Diary #3: Cronenberg, Carell and the Infamous Strauss-Kahn

By A.J. Goldmann

Cannes Diary #3: Cronenberg, Carell and the Infamous Strauss-Kahn
There was a lot of buzz — and not necessarily the good kind of buzz — surrounding bad-boy director Abel Ferrera’s “Welcome to New York,” his fictionalized account of the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal, which was screened on Saturday for press and market ahead of its VOD-only release in France (a theatrical rollout is planned for America later in the year). I was busy seeing the enigmatic and dreamy Italian competition entry “Le Meraviglie” (“The Wonders”) by Alice Rohrwacher during the screening and wild after-party, which reportedly vied with the film for obscenity and grotesquery. In the wake of the film’s release, Strauss-Kahn’s lawyer said that the former International Monetary Fund chief planned to sue Ferrara for defamation. (DSK is reportedly “heartbroken and terrified” and refuses to see the film.)Read More



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