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Posts Tagged: Sundance

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

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Ella Taylor reviews Beasts of the Southern Wild, a film which “racked up a total of four major awards and a storm of press attention” at Sundance and Cannes. It focuses on “Hushpuppy, a motherless bayou waif living on the edge of multiple disasters” in ”the Bathtub, a fictional wasteland on the wrong side of the tracks and the levee.”

“Zeitlin, a transplanted New Yorker and the son of two folklorists, wants us to experience Beasts as a fairy tale in a tradition reaching back to Grimm by way of Maurice Sendak.

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Fade to Orange: Michelle Orange’s International Film Link Incident

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One of the films a few critics I know are looking forward to at this year’s Sundance is a documentary called 211:Anna, about the 2006 assassination of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya. Screening several times this week, this is not the first film about Politkovskaya, but it is unfortunately the first one to make its debut amid another high profile murder in Moscow’s streets: This week 34-year-old human rights attorney Stanislav Markelov and 25-year-old freelance journalist Anastasia Baburova were shot in cold blood near the Kremlin following Markelov’s press conference contesting the early release of a Russian colonel found guilty of murdering an 18-year-old Chechen girl.

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