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WHINA

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TRAILBLAZERS | MIND THE GAP | WORLD New Zealand 2021, 112 min, Directors: James Napier Robertson, Paula Whetu Jones This inspirational film reveals the extraordinary life of New Zealand’s Dame Whina Cooper, a courageous Māori woman whose…

THE SON

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WORLD UK, US, France 2022, 123 min, Director: Florian Zeller Writer-director Florian Zeller returns with an adaptation of the second play in his family trilogy, which — like his 2020 Oscar®-winning film The Father (MVFF43) —examines the…

THE BLUE CAFTAN

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HEART | WORLD Morocco 2022, 124 min, Director: Maryam Touzani In Salé, Morocco, Halim (Saleh Bakri, Costa Brava, Lebanon) and his ailing wife, Mina (Lubna Azabal, Adam), own and operate a made-to-measure dress shop. Halim handcrafts caftans…

THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN

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LAUGH | WORLD Ireland, UK, US 2022, 114 min, Director: Martin McDonagh While civil war rages across Galway Bay, another kind of battle bursts forth on the tiny island of Inisherin when fiddler Colm (Brendan Gleeson) severs his friendship with…

STILL WORKING 9 TO 5

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LAUGH | MIND THE GAP | DOCS US 2021, 95 min, Directors: Camille Hardman, Gary Lane The iconic 1980 screwball feminist revenge comedy that put the plight of women office workers on blast steps back into the spotlight in this fun and fascinating…

THE PUPILS (LE PUPILLE)

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LAUGH | MIND THE GAP | SHORTS Italy 2022, 37 min, Director: Alice Rohrwacher From the very first frames of Alice Rohrwacher’s The Pupils, “a film clumsily and freely based on a letter the writer Elsa Morante sent to her friend Goffredo…

HOME IS SOMEWHERE ELSE

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CREATE | ¡VIVA EL CINE! | DOCS Mexico, US 2022, 87 mins, Directors: Carlos Hagerman, Jorge Villalobos Set against the perennial immigration debate in the United States, this animated documentary goes beyond rhetoric to give voice to those…

FREEDOM ON FIRE: UKRAINE’S FIGHT FOR FREEDOM

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DOCS UK, Ukraine, US 2022, 118 min, Director: Evgeny Afineevsky It’s one thing to read articles on Russia’s war against Ukraine or see brief snippets of the destruction on social media. It’s something else entirely to feel like you’ve…

FANTASTIC NEGRITO: HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND YET?

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TRAILBLAZERS | DOCS US 2022, 93 min, Director: Yvan Iturriaga, Francisco Núñez Capriles This locally made doc packs a lot of life into 90 minutes — specifically, the super-sized life of Xavier Dephrepaulezz, better known as Grammy-winning…

ERIN’S GUIDE TO KISSING GIRLS

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CREATE | MIND THE GAP | FAMILY Canada 2022, 89 min, Julianna Notten More than anything, Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls is a tender, insightful, and refreshingly witty ode to Gen Z. This feature debut from queer writer-director Julianna Notten…