Q&A: Kimberly Levin on the Farmland Thriller ‘Runoff’

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The beauty of the land cannot mask the brutality of a farm town. As harvest draws near, determined matriarch Betty (Joanne Kelly, TV’s Hostages) confronts a few harsh realities: a failing business, her husband’s deteriorating health, and a family home on the brink of foreclosure. When presented with an illegal but well-compensated job offer (already […]

Q&A: Volker Schlöndorff on the Tense Negotiations of ‘Diplomacy’

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Towards the end of World War II, General Dietrick von Choltitz, the governor of Nazi-occupied Paris, receives an order to destroy the city if the Nazis lose it to Allied forces. With explosives strapped to bridges and landmarks, the General is prepared to carry out this atrocity when Swedish Consul General Raoul Nordling appears in […]

Q&A: Gabriel Mascaro & Rachel Ellis on the Lyrical Meditation of ‘August Winds’

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In a tiny coastal village in Brazil, Shirley and Jeison pass their time working on a coconut plantation. Outside of work, he dives for seafood while she sunbathes and dreams of being a tattoo artist. Their restless yet tranquil life is provoked when intense tropical storms approach, washing ashore a corpse. Drawing on his documentary […]

Q&A: Geeta & Ravi Patel on the Unique Search for Love in ‘Meet the Patels’

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After a just-can’t-commit breakup, Indian-American comedian Ravi Patel throws in the towel and agrees to let his endearing parents create a “biodata” for him, officially putting him on the semi-arranged marriage market. Camera in hand (aided by light whimsical animation), his sister Geeta documents the whole endeavor, in hilariously candid fashion, turning Ravi’s international search […]

Q&A: Keva Rosenfeld on His Enlightening Sequel, ‘All American High Revisited’

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Insightful and charming, at times poignant, All American High Revisited takes you back in time to the excess and naiveté of America in the 1980s. The film follows Finnish exchange student Rikki Rauhala throughout her senior year at a suburban California school. A revealing slice of Americana, the film is a John Hughes movie come to […]