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ON THE ADAMANT Trailer: Nicolas Philibert’s Golden Bear Winning Documentary Examines the Power of Art & Humanity
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The documentary that took home the Golden Bear at last year’s Berlin Film Festival is finally coming to North American theaters. Nicolas Philibert’s On The Adamant explores life in a Parisian mental health facility along the Seine River. The Adamant...
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2024 Independent Spirit Award Winners: ‘Past Lives’ Wins Best Feature & Best Director (Full List)
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The blue carpet rolled out on Saturday and many of the year’s best independent films were recognized at the 39th Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Barbara, California. A24’s Past Lives took home Best Feature just moments after its writer-director Celine...
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2024 Berlin Film Festival Winners: Mati Diop’s “Dahomey” Wins The Golden Bear (Full List)
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After two weeks of new cinema, the Berlin International Film Festival came to a close with its annual awards ceremony. This year’s festival created buzz with many exciting new titles, among them being Tim Mielants’ opener Small Things Like These...
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A Conversation with Maggie Greenwald (THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO)
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Veteran director Maggie Greenwald made what many, including her, consider her most-celebrated work, The Ballad of Little Jo, in 1993. Now, 30 years later, courtesy of Kino Lorber, there comes a brand-new Blu-ray release featuring an HD master of the...
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THE CURBSIDE CRITERION: TRAINSPOTTING
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(Here at Hammer to Nail, we are all about true independent cinema. But we also have to tip our hat to the great films that continue to inspire filmmakers and cinephiles alike. This week, Brad Cook takes a wild ride...
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DO NOT EXPECT TOO MUCH FROM THE END OF THE WORLD Trailer: Radu Jude Explores Contemporary Image-Making in New Social Satire
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One film that made an unexpected splash on the fall festival circuit, which made it one of the most anticipated films of the year, is Radu Jude’s Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World. His newest...
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THE LAST YEAR OF DARKNESS Trailer: Award-Winning Documentary Captures a Changing China
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“I think real life is something you need to feel for yourself.” Documentary filmmaker Benjamin Mullinkosson explores China’s rave scene and youth culture in his newest film, The Last Year of Darkness. Set in Chengdu, the capitol city of the...
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IO CAPITANO
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(Check out Chris Reed’s Io Capitano movie review. The film is in theaters now. Seen it? Join the conversation with HtN on our Letterboxd Page.) Here in the third decade of our 21st century, we face multiple global emergencies, from climate change, armed...
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EXHIBITING FORGIVENESS
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(The 2024 Sundance Film Festival ran January 18-28. Check out Melanie Addington’s movie review of Every Little Thing. Seen it? Join the conversation with HtN on our Letterboxd Page.) First-time filmmaker but established artist Titus Kaphar showed Exhibiting Forgiveness at Sundance this year. Kaphar also...
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CHALLENGERS New Trailer: Zendaya Stirs Up Love & Competition in Luca Guadagnino’s Latest
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Zendaya is a master of tennis pulling all the strings in Luca Guadagnino’s steamy new film, Challengers. Originally slated for release last fall, as well as a Venice premiere, it was delayed due to the actors’ strike but it’s now...
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