- MoMA has announced the lineup and schedule for “To The Lighthouse,” a thrilling carte blanche program by curator Mark McElhatten featuring new films by Nathaniel Dorsky, Ernie Gehr, Jodie Mack, Dani and Sheilah ReStack, and more, along with older films by Rivette, Joseph H. Lewis, Claire Denis, and Marguerite Duras.
- An essential annual list, Filmmaker Magazine's 25 new faces of film for 2021 includes Kate Gondwe (the founder of Dezda Films), filmmaker Fox Maxy, Omnes Films (the collective behind Tyler Taormina's Ham on Rye), and others.
- A24 and Emma Stone’s production company, Fruit Tree Banner, have come together to back Jane Schoenbrun's I Saw The TV Glow. The film, a follow-up to Schoenbrun's debut from this year, We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, follows "two teenage outcasts who bond over their shared love of a scary television show, but the boundary between TV and reality begins to blur after it is mysteriously canceled."
- The Berlinale has confirmed that its 2022 edition will be an in-person event, and it will take place February 10-20, 2022.
- IGN has released an exclusive trailer for Abel Ferrara's new thriller Zeros and Ones, starring Ethan Hawke. Read our review of the film by Daniel Kasman here.
- Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and Bong Joon-ho sat down for an invaluable conversation about their respective careers, processes, and influences at the 26th Busan International Film Festival.
- The trailer for the 4K restoration of Wendell B. Harris Jr.'s Chameleon Street (1989), which recently showed at the New York Film Festival. Harris Jr. also stars in Chameleon Street, playing the titular chameleon: con-artist William Douglas Street, who impersonates anyone he can, again and again.
- The trailer for Janus Film's 4K restoration of Chess of the Wind (1976), Iranian director Mohammad Reza Aslani's gothic thriller. The film was once presumed lost, only to be found years later by Aslani's children in a junk shop.
- August at Akiko director Christopher Makoto Yogi's second feature, I Was a Simple Man, was one of the stand-out premieres at this year's Sundance. Now, there's a trailer for this gentle and warm Hawaiian drama.
- Utopia's trailer for Dasha Nekrasova's debut feature, The Scary of Sixty-First, which won Berlin's best first film award.
- Grasshopper Films has released the trailer for Bulletproof, directed by Todd Chandler. The film observes the causes and responses, as well as the now-normalized rituals surrounding mass shootings in American schools.
- From Oscilloscope, a trailer for Daniel Hymanson's So Late So Soon. Shot on-and-off over five years, the documentary follows Chicago artists Jackie and Don Seiden, intimately examining how the pair artistically approach "the fragility of their elderly lives in their own distinct ways."
- "I don't want to go to beg Europe or America for African cinema." In an excellent interview with OkayAfrica, Haile Gerima discusses the 4K restoration of his 1993 film Sankofa and the past, present, and future of African cinema.
- A new profile of Dwayne Johnson at GQ delves into his transition from wrestling to becoming the most successful movie star in the world.
- In the publication's latest round-up of book releases, Sabzian recommends the rereleases of Amos Vogel's Film as Subversive Art and Jerry Lewis' The Total Filmmaker, Sine ni Lav Diaz: A Long Take on the Filipino Auteur (the first book-length study of the filmmaker), and many more.
- For Criterion, Nicolas Rapold investigates a number of "art-house theaters affiliated with a filmmaker or actor." These artist-run cinemas, from Richard Linklater's Austin Film Society to two Paris cinemas owned by Isabelle Huppert's family, are "a special source of joy."
- This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Panic in Needle Park. In a conversation with the Film Stage, a 94-year-old Jerry Schatzberg shared his thoughts on the legacy of his films.
- Over at Screen Slate, Yasmina Price reflects on the films of Rosine Mbakam, which investigate the false premise of the objectivity of visual technologies.
- Newly mastered and available for the first time, Dirk Schaeffer's incredible scores for the films of Peter Tscherkassky, including The Exquisite Corpus and his new film, Train Again, are out in a double vinyl limited edition.
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- Ben Sharrock discusses Limbo, which is exclusively showing on MUBI in the United Kingdom and Ireland in the series The New Auteurs.
- Gabriela Almeida encapsulates Vincente Minnelli's wartime romance The Clock starring Judy Garland in one shot.
- As the 2021 NYFF comes to a close, Adrian Curry takes a look back half a century to the films, and the posters for the films, that made up the 1971 edition.
- Maximilien Luc Proctor provides an introduction to the work of Teo Hernández and the filmmakers and processes that have influenced his work.
- Christopher Small reviews Jurij Meden’s new collection of notes and scribblings about the art of film curation, Scratches and Glitches.
- The latest entry in Patrick Holzapfel's Full Bloom column is dedicated to the tomatoes in Ermanno Olmi’s The Tree of Wooden Clogs.
- For the Current Debate, Leonardo Goi delves into the conversation around whether Julia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or-winner Titane is as subversive as it looks.
- Emma Piper-Burket reflects on the shorts program of the New York Film Festival's experimental sidebar Currents, which provoked questions of how to orient ourselves in our unstable world.
- Harmony Korine (!) recently photographed Dolly Parton (!) for the new issue of W Magazine.