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THE TRIBE

When a scream from violence falls completely silent
Grigoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova and Rosa Babiy
Directed by Miroslav Slaboshpitsky

In THE TRIBE we're propelled head-first in a boarding school for young deaf and mute people, the tribe of the title, in which violence, trafficking and prostitution are commonplace. For the over two hours of the film's length there's not a single line of dialogue or caption, just the power of cinema to induce raw emotion through ruthless framing shots that spare us nothing and zeroes in on actors ... more >

Talking Iranian cinema with Les Cahiers’s former editor Jean-Michel Frodon

Frodon currently teaches at Sciences Po in Paris

Ever since his first outing there in the nineties Jean-Michel Frodon, one of France’s most distinguished film specialists and blogger for the French edition of Slate, traveled four more times to Iran, the country whose filmmakers gave us festival favorites like GABBEH, A TASTE OF CHERRY and CLOSE-UP. As your not-so-average tourist, at times, and as officially-summoned authority on cinema, at ... more >

BLEEDING HEARTS

Presenting a good adversity story
Zosia Mamet, Lacey Alessandra and Jessica Biel
Directed by Diane Bell

Writer/Director Diane Bell’s sophomore film BLEEDING HEARTS, a selection at the last Tribeca Film Festival, was a very personal journey that combined her own experiences with the challenge of making a film with strong female characters. In this case sisters played by Jessica Biel and Zosia Mamet. Biel’s May is a yoga instructor (a vocation once held by Bell in real life) living a clean, somewhat ... more >