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“We Know How a Solar Panel is Made”: The Dardennes on Two Days, One Night

Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One NightMarion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night

As a parable of solidarity, Two Days is programmatic and predictable in a way that’s new to the Dardenne brothers, and not in a good way; as a streamlined narrative, it’s impeccably crafted. The straight-up chase scene dropped into 2005’s L’enfant —…  Read more

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“Scary and Sad and Difficult and Funny and Erotic and Exciting”: Angus MacLachlan on Goodbye to All That

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Goodbye to All That‘s protagonist Otto Wall is a limited man — the type of man who just goes along with the flow, who doesn’t try to ruffle feathers. He’s not stupid, but neither is he gifted with remarkable intelligence. He…  Read more

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“I Always Try to Find Something Better”: Nuri Bilge Ceylan on Winter Sleep

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Over the course of his seven feature films – the last five of which have won prizes at Cannes – the Turkish filmmaker and photographer Nuri Bilge Ceylan has moved from a dramaturgy primarily based in photography (in films such…  Read more

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“The Last 50 Years Destroyed Our Old World”: Five Questions for Actress/Director Mélanie Laurent

Mélanie Laurent (Courtesy: Marrakech International Film Festival)Mélanie Laurent (Courtesy: Marrakech International Film Festival)

French actress Mélanie Laurent may be best known to American audiences for her role as Shosanna Dreyfus in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds. But in addition to acting in over 35 international roles, Laurent has also directed two feature films. Based on…  Read more

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