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The Show Must Go On as Queens World Film Fest Shifts to Streaming Platform

Embraces & the Touch of the Skin, directed by Sara Koppel

The rise of the COVID-19 disease is creating a shift in nearly every aspect of life as we know it., but at the same time, life must go on. In the interest of public saftey and in not allowing the arts to die, the Queens World Film Festival is shifting to the streaming platform Discovered so that viewers can see the festival from the comfort and safety of their homes.

Running March 19 to 29, the Queens World Film Festival (QWFF) is now in its tenth year of featuring films from all over the world in different thematic blocks: Features, shorts, documentary, LGBT, animation, and short documentaries. In total, QWFF programmers selected two-hundred and twenty remarkable films from thirty-two nations. 

Opening Night of the Festival will begin at 7PM/EST on Thursday, March 19th at The Opening Night Block is called “Tales of Connectedness” and features six short films from Iran to Brooklyn.

“From the beginning of time we have gathered together around the flickering lights in our darkened caves to share our stories. Although the flickering lights have become zeros and ones, we’ve changed the nature of our caves, but the impulse to gather endures. In these times of crisis, it is even more important that we gather around the humanity provided in film. We are grateful to DISCOVERED.TV for providing their free online platform to make our film screenings possible, and for making the 10th Annual Queens World Film Festival, the first International Film Festival to screen on their site, states Katha Cato, Executive Director, Queens World Film Festival.”

To learn more, go to:

Queens World Film Festival
March 19 - 29, 2020


Youth Culture, Cheating Husbands, & Revolution at the Russian Film Week in New York


Featuring indie, popular, documentary and arthouse works, the Russian Film Week in New York presents a side of cinema not often seen today in the US. Running December 6 to the 13th at the SVA Theatre (333 West 23rd Street) the fest features a range of films, along with live Q&As with the directors.

"At a time when some want to highlight differences among us, we want the 2019 Russian Film Week in New York to be a bridge to unite people across the oceans," said founders and presenters Maria Shclover and Irina Shabshis of The Cherry Orchard Festival Foundation. "We truly feel that artistry is a powerful force and can be the catalyst to show our commonalities."

Films include Acid, directed by Alexander Gorchilin, a silent manifesto of the generation of twenty-year-olds in search for life's meaning. Another Woman, directed by  Anna Parmas, in which a woman’s life spins out of control when she discovers her husband is having an affair. And the historical biopic, The Lenin Factor, directed by Vladimir Khotinenko, following Lenin’s rise as an immigrant to Zurich, to one of the most important figures of the 20th century.

To learn more, go to:

Russian Film Week in New York
December 6 - 13, 2019

SVA Theatre
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011

"Rainbow Trout" & Daring Korean Cinema at Lincoln Center

Rainbow Trout

From November 22nd through December 4th, Film at Lincoln Center, in collaboration with Subway Cinema, will be sponsoring a timely retrospective called “Relentless Invention: New Korean Cinema, 1996–2003,” featuring many significant films, some presented in 35mm prints, including works by such important directors as Bong Joon Ho, Kim Jee-woon, Hong Sang-soo and Park Chan-wook, alongside many lesser-known titles.
One of these latter, Park Jong-won’s Rainbow Trout from 1999, is one of the major discoveries of the series, presented here in a terrific 35mm print. A story about a progressively harrowing weekend in the country spent by a group of urban visitors, the film displays a masterful command of mise-en-scène, with the director employing composition and editing with impressive psychological acuity, assisted by an extraordinary cast. The intensity of the film’s anatomizing of class dynamics and of the cynicism of petit-bourgeois morality suggests a disquieting pessimism worthy of Michael Haneke or Alfred Hitchcock (although lacking the latter’s affirmative, therapeutic theme, brilliantly explored by the critic Robin Wood). In light of this remarkable achievement, one hopes for an opportunity to see other works by this evidently under-appreciated filmmaker.
Rainbow Trout screens at the Walter Reade Theater on Wednesday, November 27th at 6:30pm and Friday, November 29th at 2:30pm.

NYC South Asian Film Fest: Crime, Cartoons, & Cinema

The inaugural New York City South Asian Film Festival (NYC SAFF), runs November 15th to the 17th at the Altman Building (135 W 18th Street). The fest has set out to showcase features, documentaries and short films curated to engage, educate and inspire with films from South Asia.

The fest opens with the world premiere of Rohit Karn Batra's mafia family drama, Line of Descent, starring Abhay Deol and Brendan Fraser (both in attendance). The festival's centerpiece film on Saturday, November 16th is the New York premiere of Gitanjali Rao's animated Bollywood film Bombay Rose. The festival will close out its programming with the North American premiere of Tannishtha Chatterjee's directorial debut, Roam Rome Mein, starring Nawazuddin Siddiqui (both in attendance). 

To learn more, go to:

NYC South Asian Film Festival
November 15 - 17, 2019

Altman Building
135 W 18th St.
New York, NY 10011


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