REEL 13 BLOG

A Weekend Celebration of Tunisia

December 5, 2019 | Katelin Levy

As part of A Weekend Celebration of Tunisia, which will take place at the French Institute Alliance Française during December 6-7, visitors can screen two recent Tunisian movies: Beauty and the Dogs, directed by Kaouther Ben Hania, is “a striking critique on a repressive society and a forcefully feminist rallying cry.” Dear ...

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Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema 2019

December 4, 2019 | Katelin Levy

Starting on December 5th The Jacob Burns Film Center joins Film ETC Association in co-presenting the 14th edition of Making Waves, a Romanian Film Festival that has been taking place in New York since 2006 and whose programming has “helped define and establish the southeastern European country as a stronghold of socially incisive, independently ...

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Viewer Guide: Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and The Maiden Heist

November 29, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON This week’s classic is Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, a 1939 political comedy-drama starring James Stewart and Jean Arthur, written by Sidney Buchman and directed by Frank Capra. Capra originally hoped to adapt Lewis R. Foster’s story as a follow up to his ...

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Tokyo Stories: Japan in the Global Imagination

November 27, 2019 | Katelin Levy

From the bustle of neon-lit Shinjuku and its ultramodern skyscrapers to the traditional scenery of Mt. Fuji, cherry blossoms, and Shinto shrines, Tokyo has served as a source of creative inspiration for generations of international filmmakers. Anticipating the 2020 Summer Games, when the eyes of the world will once again ...

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Nordic & Baltic Oscar Contenders at Scandinavia House

November 27, 2019 | Katelin Levy

On Thursday, December 5, starting at 7 PM, director Hans Petter Moland and actor Liam Neeson will present a screening of Out Stealing Horses, this year's contender from Norway for the Best International Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards. Liam Neeson, who starred in Moland's Hollywood debut feature Cold Pursuit (U.S., ...

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Viewer Guide: Gandhi and We Don’t Belong Here

November 22, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | GANDHI This week’s classic is Gandhi, the extraordinary epic film from 1982 directed by Sir Richard Attenborough.  The film chronicles the unprecedented life and impact of Mahatma Gandhi, the legendary leader of India’s long struggle for independence from British rule.  Gandhi’s pioneering principles of nonviolent civil disobedience ...

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Viewer Guide: Gorillas in the Mist and Hachi: A Dog’s Tale

November 15, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | GORILLAS IN THE MIST This week’s classic is Gorillas in the Mist, the 1988 biographical drama directed by Michael Apted. In a heroic, Oscar-nominated performance, Sigourney Weaver stars as Dian Fossey, the primatologist and conservationist who became internationally famous for her study of the mountain gorillas of Rwanda.  ...

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Viewer Guide: Algiers and The Carer

November 8, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | ALGIERS This week’s classic is Algiers, a 1938 romantic drama directed by John Cromwell. Charles Boyer stars as Pepe le Moko, an infamous Parisian thief who has been hiding out for two years in the labyrinthine Casbah neighborhood of Algiers, the capital city of Algeria during that country’s ...

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Viewer Guide: Chinatown and The Driftless Area

October 25, 2019 | Richard Peña

REEL 13 CLASSIC | CHINATOWN This week’s classic is Chinatown, the 1974 neo-noir detective mystery written by Robert Towne and directed by Roman Polanski. Although the film noir genre actually encompassed a wide range of subject matter, for most audiences it was best epitomized by iconic detective movies like The Maltese Falcon, ...

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