Dennis Lim

Squared Circle

Dennis Lim at the 70th Cannes Film Festival

June 2017

FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW, a rare consensus emerged at the Cannes Film Festival. If the 2016 edition will be remembered for its farcical jury decisions, this year’s official selection stands a good chance of being barely remembered at all:… READ ON



March 2017

THE SEARCHING, striking digital films of Sky Hopinka are complex formal arrangements, conceptually and aesthetically dense, characterized by an intricate layering of word and image. But they are also wellsprings of beauty and mystery, filled… READ ON

IN PRINT March 2017 [TOC]


February 2017

IN PATRICK KEILLER’S FIRST FEATURE, London (1994), an unnamed, unseen narrator articulates a theory of landscape on behalf of the film’s equally invisible presiding spirit, a spectral figure named Robinson. Flaneur, aesthete, researcher-for-hire,… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2017 [TOC]

Toni! Tony! Toné!

Dennis Lim on the 69th Cannes Film Festival

June 2016

FROM WITHIN the media hothouse that emerges annually around the Cannes Film Festival, every edition unfolds as a narrative in progress, from the off-season speculation to the announcement of the lineup through to the bleary days and boozy … READ ON


Competitive Edges

Dennis Lim at the 68th Cannes Film Festival

June 2015

THE CENTRAL QUESTION of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which made headlines for banning selfies and reportedly insisting that women wear high heels at evening galas, was one of inclusion and exclusion. In other words: What does and doesn’t… READ ON


David Lynch in Philadelphia


January 2015

PHILADELPHIA LOOMS LARGE in the personal mythology of David Lynch as a place that both terrorized him and changed the course of his life, his Gomorrah and his Rubicon in one. A product of small-town America, Lynch credits this onetime epicenter… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2015 [TOC]

Cannes Get Enough

Dennis Lim on the 67th Cannes Film Festival

June 2014

FORTY-SIX YEARS after he and his comrades stormed the stage at the Cannes Film Festival to shut down the event in solidarity with the workers and students on the barricades, Jean-Luc Godard, now eighty-three, proved that he still has what it… READ ON


Wild Palmes

Dennis Lim on the 66th Cannes Film Festival

June 2013

IN THE EYES OF MANY, Steven Spielberg’s jury did the right thing—or, rather, the correct thing—awarding the Palme d’Or to Abdellatif Kechiche’s critically lauded lesbian drama, Blue Is the Warmest Color. Spielberg, who showed his sensitivity… READ ON


Matías Piñeiro’s Viola


June 2013

WITH A GROWING NUMBER of hybrid films drawing on the restless energies of documentary, the Argentinean writer-director Matías Piñeiro stands apart for asserting the latent possibilities of drama. Over four wholly distinctive films, Piñeiro … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2013 [TOC]

Pablo Larraín’s No


February 2013

THREE TIMES in Pablo Larraín’s No, René Saavedra, an advertising executive in 1980s Santiago, unveils a pitch to his clients. René (Gael García Bernal) is a young hotshot with a then-fashionable rattail and a soothing boardroom manner, and … READ ON

IN PRINT February 2013 [TOC]