Cinema Escapist

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Articles by Jake Goldwasser

“The Islands and the Whales” Tells of the Faroes—and Maybe the E.U.

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Pilot whale hunts are a long-held tradition in the Faroe Islands. Challenges to the hunt on the basis of mercury poisoning bring up deep questions...

“Souvenir” Creator Bavo Defurne: Fragile Emotions are Universal

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Bavo Defurne is interested in the subtle emotions that film can capture with details of dialogue and visual depth. In this conversation, he talks about...

French Animated Shorts Exhibit Humor—and the Macabre

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The Francophone world brings us some of the best animation out there. In this year's Oscar-nominated animated shorts, the French give us big laughs, with...

Films Like Netflix’s “One of Us” Reflect a Surge of Interest in New York’s Hasids

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New York's Hasidic Jewish community has seen a recent resurgence of cinematic depictions.

Interview: Shady Srour and Ilan Moskovitch discuss “Holy Air” in Israel’s Arab capital

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Filmmakers Srour and Moskovitch find absurdity in the lives of a "minority within a minority"—Nazareth's Christian Arabs.

Review: In Your Arms (Denmark, 2015)

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In Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm's first feature length film, the writer/director takes on the difficult subject of euthanasia.

Review: Menashe (United States, 2017)

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"Menashe" is the first Yiddish-language feature film to hit theaters since the Holocaust.

Review: The Wedding Plan (Israel, 2016)

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Rama Burshtein's sophomore film manages to make -- from a tired plot -- a lively comedy with a lot to say about Orthodox Jewish women...

Review: Berlinized (Germany, 2012)

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"Berlinized" is a peek into the bizarre art culture that grew out of the fallen Berlin Wall.

Review: Your Name (Japan, 2016)

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Makoto Shinkai's 2016 film "Your Name" is a vibrantly-animated meditation on memory in Japanese culture, told through the story of a teenage body swap.