Despite the surfeit of bad times, Baumbach leaves a sense that at least some measure of growth and even acceptance might still be possible.
‘Omar,’ selected as the Palestinian entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar, could have been agit-prop. Instead, it’s a touching reflection on love, trust and betrayal.
We are living through a golden age of documentary film. Surely “The Square,” a riveting account of the Arab Spring as it played out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square between 2011 and 2013, argues in favor of such optimism. In something under two hours, director Jehane Noujaim’s film — which recently screened at the New York Film Festival — offers an intellectually and emotionally rich view of the philosophies and passions that moved ordinary Egyptian citizens to throw themselves into their country’s historical moment with an extraordinary level of commitment.
It seems certain that even the most scrupulous secular observer of the contemporary ultra-Orthodox experience, anywhere on the planet, will not have been privy to the intimacy and profound declarations of feeling and affection on display in “Fill the Void,” the daring, devastating debut from female Hasidic filmmaker Rama Burshtein.
A new film about the famed Catskills resort Kutsher’s debuts at the New York Jewish Film Festival. It lays out the hotel’s grand history with a minimum of schmaltzy nostalgia.