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Review: “The Lonely Battle of Thomas Reid” Depicts Two Irelands At War

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Analyzing the latest documentary in an Irish cinematic movement that depicts farmers as heroes against an oppressive system.

Interview: Director Erik Gandini Explores Loneliness in Sweden in “The Swedish Theory of Love”

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Beautifully framed and enthusiastically edited, The Swedish Theory of Love discusses, criticises, and presents the idea of loneliness in Sweden through love, family, and communal...

The Bruce Lee Statue That Sought to Unify a Divided City

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The story behind the world's most unlikely Bruce Lee tribute: a statue in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Review: “Salyut 7” is Russia’s “Apollo 13” — With A Geopolitical Twist

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This space rescue movie offers gripping suspense…and insight into Russian geopolitics.

The Rise and Fall of the Turkish “Mockbuster”

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Cult Film enthusiast Timon Singh explores the strange story of how Turkey became the home of cinema’s most curious rip-offs.

Review: “Medan vi Lever” Showcases Complex Identity Crises

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The struggle of finding your place in an increasingly globalized world is examined in this Gambian-Swedish dramedy.

“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...

Political Thriller “Occupied” Shows Western Democracy Bent to Russia’s Will

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This prescient show depicts Norway under Russian control; its second season is now on Netflix.

In “The Young Karl Marx,” Youthful Charisma Defines an Icon

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The film paints Sherlock-Holmesian sketch of a man whose memory, to put it mildly, is tinged by whatever ideologies prevail.

“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...