Polina

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This new French feature film co-directed by world-renowned choreographer Angelin Preljoçaj along with screenwriter Valérie Müller is an adaption of Bastien Vivès novel about a young girl pursuing her dreams and it very firmly makes the dancing far more important than the actual plot itself.  This is more of an observation than a criticism and it is  a move … Continue reading



God’s Own Country

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God’s Own Country a breakout hit at both Sundance and Berlinale Festivals (where it was nominated for a Teddy for Best Queer Feature) is a remarkable debut from openly gay Brit writer/director Frances Lee, and unquestionably one of best queer love stories for a very long time.  Set in the wilds of Yorkshire (hence the … Continue reading




Close Knit

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Japanese writer/director Naoko Ogigami’s latest movie is a delightfully sensitive family story that puts a refreshing slant on the continuing dialogue about the transgender community that is the focus of more and more films these days. 11 year old Tomo (an enchanting and rather sanguine Rin Kakihara) has a single parent mother who has a habit … Continue reading



In Between

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Palestinian writer-director Maysaloun Hamoud’s extremely delightful debut movie about three Arab-Israeli single women living together in Tel Aviv has deservedly won her copious awards around the world. The story about a conservative Muslim woman who moves in with a couple of partying flatmates features drugs, alcohol and homosexuality all of which are taboo in that culture … Continue reading



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