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Melissa Anderson

Lucrecia Martel, Zama, 2017, 2K video, color, sound, 115 minutes. Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho).

ZAMA (Lucrecia Martel) A significant departure for Martel, this bewildering, enthralling adaptation of fellow Argentinean Antonio Di Benedetto’s 1956 novel of the same name, the tale of an abject late-eighteenth-century magistrate, brilliantly diagnoses the sickness of empire.

Acht Stunden sind kein Tag (Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day), 1972–73, still from Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s TV show on WDR. Episode 1, “Jochen and Marion.” Jochen Epp (Gottfried John).

EIGHT HOURS DON’T MAKE A DAY (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) RWF’s proletariat paean from 1972–73—the first of several TV miniseries that the prodigious New German Cinema godhead would direct—stands as his warmest, most optimistic project, filled with utopian promise and a dazzling constellation of characters.

Bruce LaBruce, The Misandrists, 2017, 4K video, color, sound, 91 minutes. Big Mother (Susanne Sachsse).

THE MISANDRISTS (Bruce LaBruce) The year’s greatest (and funniest) work of revolutionary cinema both sends up and salutes a lesbian-separatist enclave. But TERFs, in the end, aren’t welcome on this turf. To quote the film’s cri de guerre: Freedom for female people!


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