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New England’s film festivals make great getaways
We can't complain much here in the Portland area about the films we get to see.
| June 08, 2012
Turn Me On, Dammit
In the nowhere Norwegian mountain town of Skoddeheimen, Alma, 15, is bored with her surroundings, alienated from her mom, and so horny that she pays for a telephone sex service.
High school alienation
| April 27, 2012
In this lovely feature from the French filmmaker Céline Sciamma, Laure, a 10-year-old tomboy decides after moving into a new neighborhood, to pretend that she's a boy, Mikael, as a way to fit in with the local kids.
Céline Sciamma's lovely feature
| December 02, 2011
On the road with the director of Bellflower
If you didn't think it was possible to get some stares from jaded onlookers here in the streets of Boston, you haven't been strapped into Medusa, a heavily modified '72 Buick Skylark equipped with a massive silver engine sprouting through its hood, a PA
| September 09, 2011
Built for two: Bike Porn 4
Sano — Portland bike enthusiast, ordained minister, and curator/instigator of the annual Bike Porn touring film festival — was released from Canadian custody not long after this alleged exchange (which he reported on his Facebook page). Which is lucky f
| April 01, 2011
The MFA's Turkish Film Festival opens with Zeki Demirkubuz's stark and deliberate meditation on the title vice. Who envies who, however, becomes clear only gradually, and the reason for the malignancy remains, as in the case of Iago, inexplicable.
Who envies who? You'll want to stick around to find out
| March 18, 2011
Panahi is silenced, but the Festival of Films from Iran goes on
In an episode in Mohammad Rasoulof's weird and wonderful The White Meadows - one of the best entries in this year's Boston Festival of Films from Iran, at the Museum of Fine Arts - an artist is buried up to his neck in salt for painting the sea red.
| January 14, 2011
Hard Rock Havana goes to Tribeca
Make your plans to head to New York City now - Hard Rock Havana, which won Film of the Year in last year's Portland Phoenix...
| April 09, 2010
Another film festival winner update
Congrats to Richie Wilson and the cast and crew of Time Travel: An Allegory, which won best comedy in the Phoenix's film festival last year....
| February 16, 2010
Rocky Mountain low
Ever since Steven Soderbergh put what was a grade-Z resort town on the film-business map with sex, lies, and videotape in 1989, the Indies and foreigners essentially hijacked the Oscars.
A little frayed, the Sundance brand endures
| February 12, 2010
Greater than fiction
The True/False Film Festival, which just wrapped up its sixth year in Columbia, Missouri, presents an encouraging object lesson in how to establish a destination film festival in an unlikely location.
Mainers find ideas and connections at a Missouri film festival
| March 04, 2009
Summertime inevitably raises the question: what are we going to do with our crazy, hot selves? Summer Guide 2006: Cheap thrills from Bar Harbor to New Haven.
Paw Sox, Penny Slots, and Ponies — so cheap, it might cost you
| June 14, 2006
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