Ash Is Purest White (Jiang hu er nü) (2018)

ZHANGKE JIA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  China/France/Japan, 2018.  Arte France Cinema, Beijing Runjin Investment, Huanxi Media Group, MK2 Productions, Office Kitano, Shanghai Film Group, Xstream Pictures.  Screenplay by Zhangke Jia.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Shozo Ichiyama, Nathanael Karmitz.  Music by Giong Lim.  Production Design by Weixin Liu.  Film Editing by Matthieu … More Ash Is Purest White (Jiang hu er nü) (2018)

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Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018)

PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  Poland/United Kingdom/France, 2018.  Opus Film, Apocalypso Pictures, MK2 Productions, Arte France, BFI Film Fund, Canal+ Polska, Cinestaan Film Company, City of Lodz, City of Warsaw, EC1 Lódz – Miasto Kultury, Eurimages, Film4, Kino Swiat, MEDIA Programme of the European Union, MK2 Films, Maziowiecki Fundusz Filmowy, Mazovia Region, Mazovia Warsaw Film Fund, … More Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2018)

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Radiance (Hikari) (2017)

NAOMI KAWASE Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BB.  Japan/France, 2017.  Comme des Cinémas, Kino Films, Kumie, MK2 Productions.  Screenplay by Naomi Kawase.  Produced by Naoya Kinoshita, Masa Sawada, Yumiko Takebe.  Music by Ibrahim Maalouf.  Film Editing by Tina Baz.  Cannes Film Festival 2017.  Toronto International Film Festival 2017. Ayame Misaki is excellent as a woman who has been assigned the task of writing … More Radiance (Hikari) (2017)

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Kedma

BB (out of 5) The title is the name of a ship that brings refugees to a newly forming Israel following the devastation of life for Jews in Europe during World War II.  People barely clinging to survival arrive in a land already overcome with strife, shot at by the English while all around them … More Kedma

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It’s Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde)

BB (out of 5) Gaspard Ulliel is heading home to his exasperating mother (Nathalie Baye), boorish brother (Vincent Cassel) and rebellious sister (Léa Seydoux) to deliver some big news: he is dying.  When he arrives, he meets his sister in law (Marion Cotillard) and is immediately set upon by the others who have a world’s worth … More It’s Only The End Of The World (Juste La Fin Du Monde)

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Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2015)

ZHANGKE JIA Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.  China/France/Japan, 2015.  Shanghai Film Group, MK2 Productions, Bitters End, Arte France Cinéma, Bandai Visual, Beijing Runjin Investment, Centre National de la Cinématographie, L’Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, Office Kitano, Xstream Pictures.  Screenplay by Zhangke Jia.  Cinematography by Nelson Lik-wai Yu.  Produced by Shozo Ichiyama.  Music by Yoshihiro Hanno.  Production Design by Qiang Liu.  Film … More Mountains May Depart (Shan he gu ren) (2015)

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