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WTF is the What The Fest at the IFC Center


Cult classics and new oddities collide at the What The Fest happening at the IFC Center (323 6th Ave, New York, NY) from March 29 to April 1st, 2018. Specializing in odd works of horror, sci-fi, documentary,  thrillers, and more, What The Fest includes a wide range of titles and features.

Films include Valley of Shadows, a Scandinavian Gothic fable shot on 35mm, about a small boy who sets out into the deep, dark woods in search of a mysterious creature (Filmmaker Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen will appear in-person for a post-screening Q&A). In The Endless  two brothers return to the cult they fled years ago, only to discover that the group's beliefs may make much more sense than they once thought. For those looking for the lost instead of the new, special screenings include Curse of Snakes Valley (colloquially known as the Soviet Indiana Jones) with a world premiere restoration.

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What The Fest!?
March 29 - April 1, 2018

IFC Center
323 6th Ave
New York, NY 10014

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles Announces Opening & Closing Films

Showcasing groundbreaking Indian cinema the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA) will take place April 11-15, 2018 at Regal L.A. Live (1000 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA) with a slate of features, shorts and documentaries.

IFFLA will open with In the Shadows, starring Manoj Bajpayee as a reclusive shopkeeper who vows to rescue his young neighbor from abuse at the hands of his father. The fest will conclude with Village Rockstars a coming of age story of a ten-year-old girl in a remote Assamese village who dreams of buying a guitar and starting her own rock band. Will include a memorial tribute screening of Chadni, starring the late Bollywood actress Sridevi. Released in 1989, the titualr Chadni moves to Mumbai after her fiancé is paralyzed in an accident, and falls for a charming widower. When the two men become friends, Chandni must decide whom she truly loves.

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Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles
April 11 - 15, 2018

Regal LA Live
1000 W. Olympic Blvd.,
Los Angeles CA 90015

Architecture & Design Film Festival Returns to LA

The Diplomat, the Artist & the Suit

Held at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (514 S. Spring St.), the Architecture & Design Film Festival (March 14 - 18, 2018) brings the lens of cinema to the world of those that build the world around us. Along with special events such as a walk through LA’s Helms Bakery District, the festival features over 30 films (shorts and features) focusing on architects such as Athelstan Spilhaus, Dries Van Noten, Buckminster Fuller, and more.

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Architecture & Design Film Festival
March 14 - 18, 2018

Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S. Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Have a Rendez-Vous with French Cinema at Lincoln Center

Mes Provinciales / A Paris Education
It seems extremely likely that the most popular—if, by no means, its most artistically distinguished—annual series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center is Rendez-Vous with French Cinema, which runs this year from March 8th through the 18th and features an unusually large number of internationally renowned directors, including Raymond Depardon, Xavier Beauvois, Nobuhiro Suwa, Emmanuel Finkiel, Noémie Lvovsky, Eugène Green, Laurent Cantet (the latter two’s latest are being presented by Film Comment), and Bruno Dumont, who has authored several impressive works—although his previous film, Slack Bay, which featured in this series last year, was one of his weakest—and here provides a “heavy-metal musical” set in the fifteenth century!
As distinguished as this slate of filmmakers is, it’s difficult to imagine that any title in the series will surpass in excellence the immensely moving, extraordinarily sensitive Mes Provinciales (A Paris Education) by the underrated and lesser-known Jean-Paul Civeyrac, the story of a youth from Lyons who comes to Paris to become acinéaste. The director here displays an uncanny ability to place the camera for maximum impact while drawing uniformly impressive performances from a cast of unknowns. This study of the urban artistic milieu is an uncommonly penetrating psychological portrait, elevated by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and Gustav Mahler and handsomely shot in widescreen monochrome, although its one weakness is that the limitations of the digital format have not been entirely overcome—as outstanding as this is, this would surely have been an even greater achievement had it been photographed and printed in 35-millimeter. Mes Provinciales screens onMarch 12th and the 17th with the director in attendance at the latter showing. To the best of my knowledge, the film has no American distributor and thus should not be missed.
Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
March 8 - 18, 2018
Film Society of Lincoln Center


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