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  • Girl, Interrupted

    Girl, Interrupted

    Kanani Sato // June 6, 2022

    Upon first look, GIRL, INTERRUPTED (1999) appears to be the sister film of the critically acclaimed ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST (1975). The way Lisa (Angelina Jolie) enters the ward, kicking and screaming, marks her as GIRL, INTERRUPTED’s McMurphy and the force that will upturn the institution as it stands. Despite their marked similarities, GIRL, INTERRUPTED (1999) is unique in its emphasis on self-diagnosing mental illness and moving forward. READ MORE >>> hiff.org/review-girl-interrupted/

  • Donbass

    Donbass

    Why We Like This Film: Anderson Le, HIFF Artistic Director
    DONBASS, an absurd, political satire that takes place during the wake of Russia’s 2014 invasion of the Eastern European region actually was released stateside in 2019 (after its debut at Cannes 2018). Watching it now as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is unspooling on our TV screens on a daily basis, lends an unnerving, heightened resonance to the film, expertly directed by Sergei Loznitsa. And for its pre-2022 description of being…

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  • Slalom

    Slalom

    ★★★½

    Charlène Favier's stunning debut feature SLALOM is a taut, gripping emotional drama from beginning to end. Starring Jérémie Renier in one of the most complex and striking performances of his career, and rising star Noée Abita in the lead, the film is at once both a searing indictment of the pressures of elite competitive sport and an unflinching portrait of sexual predation.

    Favier captures with subtlety and nuance the turbulent emotional world of the talented young Lyz (Abita), a 15-year-old…

  • A Tale of Love and Desire

    A Tale of Love and Desire

    Anderson Le /// March 1, 2022

    Lust is always a major factor in the typical coming-of-age story. It’s a tired trope that always falls into the usual cliches. Been there, done that. But rarely are they outlined with the same sincerity and sweetness as in Leyla Bouzid’s unashamedly tender and earnest A TALE OF LOVE AND DESIRE, which had its world premiere at Cannes last year.

    Overcoming shyness, cultural barriers, and using comparative literature class to amplify the chasteness of…