New Releases – 08-22-22

NEW FOREIGN

The Criminal Life of Archibald de la Cruz (1955, France, Comedy, Dir: Luis Bunuel, Starring: Rita Macedo)

From Vincent Canby’s 1977 NYT review: “Though it’s 22 years late in arriving, “The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz” is the only new movie in town about which I can say that it mustn’t be missed.” Read more…

Donbass (Ukraine, drama; Dir:Sergey Loznitsa , NYT Critic’s Pick)

“Donbass,” at once brutally satirical and grimly compassionate, focuses on the subtleties and grotesqueries of human behavior. Loznitsa paints sprawling tableaus of cruelty, corruption, vulgarity and lies through a series of intimate vignettes.” Read more…

Here’s an interesting article on the director of Donbass, Sergey Loznitsa.

Paris, 13th District (France, drama; Dir: Jacques Audiard; Starring: Lucie Zhang, Noémie Merlant, Makita Samba; Distr: Ifc)

“Audiard’s touch here is light, sensitive and attentive as usual; you feel his fondness for these characters and their world in every frame.” Read more…

Reflection (Ukraine, drama, Dir: Valentyn Vasyanovych, NYT CRITIC’S PICK)

“As the cryptic final moments suggest, “Reflection” is a film about how war requires people to comprehend the unspoken and unseen.” Read more…

DOCUMENTARY

The Earth is as Blue as an Orange (Ukraine, documentary, Dir: Iryna Tsilyk, Winner of the Directing Award for World Cinema Documentary at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival)

“The Earth Is Blue As An Orange is probably one of the most unique documentaries about filmmaking ever. Director Iryna Tsilyk is described as an artist, and she hauntingly captures the contrast between the safety within the walls of the family’s home and the destruction found on the streets outside. You’d be crazy to want to live this way, but the Trofymchuk-Gladka family has to do just that every day. Though it was shot over five years ago, the timing of its release is more than a coincidence.” Read more…

TV SERIES

Annika Bengtzon: Crime Reporter, Episodes 4-6 (tv series, Sweden, Starring: Björn Kjellman)

“Based on the best-selling crime novels by Liza Marklund, the show follows the titular Annika (Malin Crépin), a no nonsense reporter for Swedish tabloid Kvällspressen with a dogged drive to get to the truth of any story.” Read more…

Hidden Assets (British, crime series; Starring: Peter Coonan, Charlie Carrick, Aaron Monaghan, Cathy Belton, Wouter Hendrickx, Angeline Ball; Distr.: Acorn

“This is a show with a lot in common with the Scandi noir that has pervaded the last decade of crime thriller TV. Like The Bridge, Hidden Assets is about two police departments working across international borders and also explores socio-political themes beyond the central mystery.” Read more…

South Park: The Complete 14th Season (tv series, comedy, Trey Parker, Matt Stone; Distr.: Comedy Central)

“Season 14 of SP had some tremendous ups and downs, but it also had the greatest controversy and greatest challenges the showrunners have ever faced. I’m thankful nothing disastrous came of that, and happy that the show’s subversive humor is still there to ridicule the ridiculous.” Read more…

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