Review: "Paths of the Soul"

A group of Tibetans villagers leave their village to make a 1200 km "bowing pilgrimage" to Lhasa, continuing a further 1000 km to the "holy mountain" of Kailash, laying their bodies flat on the ground every few steps. more »

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Down and Out 1 in Old Paris

An absorbing new book from Luc Santé, documenting the unsavoury underside of old Paris; and a deluxe DVD and Blu-ray box set of Jacques Rivette's "Out 1" (1971), his legendary 12 hour and 53 minute film of the French "nouvelle vague." more »

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VIFF 2015: "45 Years"

45 Years is a film about things that have been buried and all but forgotten, and what happens when they are brought into the light once again. more »

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VIFF 2015: "Homme Less"

A fascinating documentary that takes us inside the dual lives of a 52-year-old man who is barely hanging onto his dreams in New York City. more »

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VIFF 2015: "Palio"

A wonderfully operatic look at one of the world’s oldest sporting events, a horse race which is held twice a year in a medieval square at the heart of the Tuscan town of Siena. more »

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VIFF 2015: “Tricks on the Dead: The Story of the Chinese Labour Corps in WWI”

This docudrama shines light on a forgotten corner of World War I. It also asks questions about the process of "making" History. more »

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VIFF 2015: "Room"

The film adaptation of Emma Donoghue's 2010 novel is only partly successful. more »

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VIFF 2015: "The Daughter"

Emotionally fraught, but powerful Australian drama. more »

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VIFF 2015: “Very Semi-Serious” and “Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon”

Two documentaries about the rarified and demanding world of magazine publishing provide useful tips for Geist. more »

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VIFF 2015: "Brooklyn"

Brooklyn hits many different notes in the scale of emotions and it hits them perfectly, confidently. An excellent choice for the festival’s opening gala screening. more »

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Review: "Iris"

Iris Apfel is a nonagenarian fashion icon living in New York City, whose life is celebrated in the last film from the legendary Alfred Maysles. more »

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The Poetry Deal

Two books of poetry from veteran writers – one new, one a deluxe re-issue with CD – provide proof that poetry is a lifetime occupation. more »

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The 50 Year Argument

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Review: "The 50 Year Argument"

You could call "The 50 Year Argument" a preemptive eulogy: a tribute to the New York Review of Books, which nowadays would have to be considered a member of a threatened species. more »

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Review: “Awake: The Life of Yogananda”

“Awake” is a documentary about the Hindu yogi and guru, author of the classic “Autobiography of a Yogi”—reportedly the only book Steve Jobs had on his iPad. more »

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Review: Ida

A mesmerizing and moving new film from Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski tells the story of a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, who learns a troubling secret about her family's past. more »

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Review: Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac"

Lars von Trier’s latest film, Nymphomaniac, confirms his dual role as one of contemporary cinema’s leading auteur/provocateurs. more »

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VIFF 2012: Amour

This is the way the world ends: not with a bang but a whimper. more »

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VIFF 2012: How to Grow a Band

How to go from bluegrass roots to a "concertgrass" string quintet in easy stages. more »

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VIFF 2012: Leviathan

If you've been looking for "eye-level sloshing fish viscera", this is your film. more »

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VIFF 2012: The Minister

French politicians gliding through the corridors of the Élysée Palace like sharks. more »

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