Modern Times Review #119
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Director: Emmanuel Gras
The goals and contradictions of a modern protest movement - the yellow vests.
Crows Are White - DocAviv
Director: Ahsen Nadeem
After decades of living a secret life, a filmmaker travels to a Japanese monastery in an exploration of truth, faith and love.
Eternal Spring - Krakow Film Festival
Director: Jason Loftus
Revisiting the Falun Gong’s TV takeover on the 20th anniversary.
Fragile Memory - Krakow Film Festival
Director: Ihor Ivanko
A Ukrainian filmmaker turns to a forgotten photo archive as his grandfather’s memory starts fading away.
Little Axel - Krakow Film Festival
Director: Fabien Greenberg, Bård Kjøge Rønning
Growing up in the bohemian community at Hydra with Leonard Cohen as a stepfather, Little Axel tells a story of neglect and an overload of freedom.
Loving Highsmith - DocAviv
Director: Eva Vitija
Based on the unpublished diaries of Patricia Highsmith, Loving Highsmith draws a vivid portrait of one of the most prolific female authors.
Mariupolis 2 - Cannes
Director: Mantas Kvedaravicius
A tribute to the ordinary people of Mariupol and the Lithuanian filmmaker who gave his life documenting their struggle to survive total war.
Pleistocene Park - Krakow Film Festival
Director: Luke Griswold Tergis
A remote Russian geophysicist seeks to restore the Ice Age ecosystems.
The Exiles - DocAviv
Director: Ben Klein, Violet Columbus
Looking back in anger at the lost chances to help China attain democracy, 30 years after Tiananmen Square.
The Natural History of Destruction - Cannes
Director: Sergei Loznitsa
Sergei Loznitsa’s sombre documentary, The Natural History of Destruction, re-examines the heavy bombing of British and German cities during World War Two, posing the question – ‘is it morally acceptable to kill civilian populations as a means of war?’
Director: Anna Shishova
An ordinary Russian teenager was arrested and incarcerated on charges of extremism. Three years later, the fight for her innocence continues.
Beginning with a flawed premise, British filmmaker Michael Winterbottom's book of interviews does not provide the full picture.
Four films take a multifaceted look at the economic, ecological, and social importance of land.