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Review: Jia Zhangke’s “Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue” Meanders Through Modern Chinese Literature

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Auteur Jia Zhangke tells a literary history of post-1949 China in his latest documentary “Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue.”

“76 Days” Features Heart-Wrenching Footage of Wuhan During the Worst Days of COVID-19

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Hao Wu's latest documentary features never-before-seen footage of a hospital struggling to save lives amidst the early days of the coronavirus outbreak in China.

Review: “The Wife of a Spy” Is an Elegant Musing on Japanese Fascism from a Civilian’s Perspective

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "The Wife of a Spy" depicts Japan’s gradual plunge into fascist darkness with an aesthetic evoking Japan’s Golden Age of Cinema.

Review: Manijeh Hekmat’s “Bandar Band” Is An Empathetic Road Trip Through A Flood-Stricken Iran

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"Bandar Band" offers a portrait of young dreamers clinging to hope as they navigate through an environmental crisis in Iran.

Review: “The Best Is Yet to Come” Views China’s Hepatitis B Discrimination Through An Auteur Lens

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Jia Zhangke protégé Wang Jing’s directorial debut “The Best Is Yet to Come” screened at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals.

Review: “Once Upon a Time in Venezuela” Is an Immersive Dive Into a Vanishing Village

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Anabel Rodríguez Ríos's documentary "Once Upon A Time In Venezuela" beautifully depicts a village that offers a microcosmic view of Venezuela's broader political challenges.

Review: “They Say Nothing Stays The Same” Tackles Westernization In Meiji-era Japan

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Japanese director Joe Odagiri’s debut “They Say Nothing Stays the Same” has stunning vistas, but the film’s forays into genre muddle the point.

Review: “Gaza Mon Amour” Is an Irresistibly Charming Film About Love And Desire

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In "Gaza mon amour," Palestinian filmmakers Arab and Tarzan Nasser offer a delightful look at a late-life romance within a conflict-ravaged territory.

Review: Netflix’s “Record of Youth” Highlights Millennial Struggles in the Fashion Industry

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Park Bo-gum and Park So-dam star in a drama that eschews K-drama romance clichés, instead highlighting the frustrations of millennials

Review: “Yellow Cat” Is a Whimsical and Artsy Kazakh Dark Comedy

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Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s “Yellow Cat” tells a quirky Bonnie and Clyde-esque story set amidst Kazakhstan’s steppe.

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