Author Archive: Sanela Djokovic

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Harmony Lessons (Uroki Garmonii)- Tribeca Film Festival 2013

Harmony Lessons (Uroki Garmonii)- Tribeca Film Festival 2013

| May 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Visually arresting and psychologically engrossing, Harmony Lessons (Uroki Garmonii) is a commanding feature debut from Kazakh filmmaker Emir Baigazin, who with a clear and ambitious vision unearths harsh truths through harsh metaphoric imagery and austere storytelling. Deep in a stark, isolated rural village in Kazakhstan thirteen-year-old Aslan lives with his grandmother. The scientifically-inclined boy is […]

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Before Midnight- Tribeca Film Festival 2013

Before Midnight- Tribeca Film Festival 2013

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

I couldn’t think of a better way to start talking about the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival than to highlight the highly-anticipated Before Midnight, premeiring at the festival later this month. This is the third installment in the ever-engaging story of Jesse and Celine following the beloved Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset(2004). And, what a sweet, satisfying, fulfilling third chapter it […]

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A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

A Bottle in the Gaza Sea

| April 2, 2013 | 0 Comments

To tell a simple story in the context of a complicated issue is not necessarily the same thing as telling a reductive story. A Bottle in the Gaza Sea, while at times extremely idealistic, highlights the universal dreamer and wisher that shine most especially in teenagers and young adults, with its story of friendship and […]

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Language of a Broken Heart

Language of a Broken Heart

| March 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

Most romantic comedies are not very good, but in them we can often find at least one redeeming quality. Sometimes it’s a short exchange or dialogue, or a single line, which resonates with us. Sometimes it’s the charm of a lead actor, or the chemistry between protagonists or an impassioned love scene. Language of a […]

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

| February 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

It always takes an unspeakable tragedy to bring certain painful, embarrassing, sticky, inconvenient truths to the surface. Such is the case for the group of Parisian friends and lovers in Little White Lies. For the most part, the film redeems itself of its length with characters and moments that feel real and honest, which makes […]

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ARGO

ARGO

| October 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Each time Ben Affleck directs a film it seems like the world is flabbergasted. “I thought Ben Affleck was done!” I don’t know if anyone truly believed Affleck was ever “done,” but surely either Gone Baby Gone or The Town did something to convince doubters that Affleck would not be exiled from Hollywood. Argo definitely […]

THE WORLD SERIES: HISTORY OF THE FALL CLASSIC

THE WORLD SERIES: HISTORY OF THE FALL CLASSIC

| October 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

Playoff baseball has gotten off to an interesting start this season. The addition of a one-game Wild Card round you can’t help but think of how the game has evolved over its long history. So much has changed, but history and tradition are preserved and upheld with reverence, probably more than in any other sport. […]

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Michael Winterbottom and Freida Pinto talk Trishna… and Tess

Michael Winterbottom and Freida Pinto talk Trishna… and Tess

| May 9, 2012 | 0 Comments

From 19th Century England to 21st Century India, director Michael Winterbottom and actress Freida Pinto talk about bringing Thomas Hardy’s story of tradition and modernization, Tess of the d’Urbevilles, into a rich and new light with Trishna.  When acclaimed British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom first brought Thomas Hardy to the screen in 1996 with Jude (Jude […]

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Tribeca 2012: War Witch (Rebelle)

Tribeca 2012: War Witch (Rebelle)

| April 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

Witch: a woman claiming or popularly believed to possess magical powers and practice sorcery.  Powerful, haunting and compelling, as is magic, War Witch beautifully captures a story about an African teenager trying to find a way to live and to love her unborn child while the taste of abhorrent crimes is still fresh and the gaping […]

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TRIBECA 2012: Beyond the Hill (Tepenin Ardi)

TRIBECA 2012: Beyond the Hill (Tepenin Ardi)

| April 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

Skillfully weaving a tension-filled story from rich minimalistic elements Beyond the Hill is driven by the landscape of rural Turkish foothills, the stimulus of isolation and by silence. Director Emin Alper remarkably captures these themes within a story of a conflict that knows no end. Your land is your wealth, but also your heritage. Having roots in small […]

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