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FILM: BEST OF 2015

Nicole Brenez

Chantal Akerman, No Home Movie, 2015, digital video, color, sound, 115 minutes.

1 NO HOME MOVIE (Chantal Akerman) This was a dark year for avant-garde cinema, as we witnessed the disappearance of René Vautier, Manoel de Oliveira, and Chantal Akerman. What is the origin of self-expression? Akerman often remarked that her work was structured by her mother’s silence about Auschwitz. Her final film, which premiered in Locarno only weeks before her death, offers a quotidian—and thus all the more poignant—dialogue between them.

2 JEAN-LUC GODARD’S THANK-YOU VIDEO ON WINNING THE PRIX D’HONNEUR DU CINÉMA SUISSE A new incarnation of critical thinking that defies death itself—before it attacks, while it attacks, and after defeating it.

3 COMMANDER KHAWANI and TOMORROW TRIPOLI (Florent Marcie) French documentarian Florent Marcie completes his crucial war trilogy—which began with Itchkéri Kenti (2006), an account of the conflict between Chechnya and

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