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10 Filmmakers to Watch 2016: Call for Nominations

Now in its eighth year, The Independent’s 10 Filmmakers to Watch highlights filmmakers – producers, programmers, animators, and others – whose upcoming work we think will wow you this year. Submit your nominations by February 15, 2016.


Robert De Niro in the NYJFF short, Ellis. (Courtesy NYJFF)

New York Jewish Film Festival 2016 – Critic’s Choices

Senior film critic Kurt Brokaw selects his favorites from the 25th edition of the NYJFF, which runs January 13-26, 2016. Among them are Ellis, Rabin, The Last Day, Dear God, and The Law.


L-R: Nicolas Boone, Khalik Allah, Genviève Philippon, Julie Bourbonnais, [obscured: RIDM programmer Bruno Dequen], Jean-François Lesage, Charlotte Selb, Patrick Pearce. (Courtesy RIDM)

RIDM 2015: Trials of Style

“Sometimes I’m watching what I’ve shot and I’m like, ‘I could have never written that dialogue.’ People are really good actors in documentary,” said Montreal-based filmmaker Jean-François Lesage about making his doc, A Summer Love. Lesage and four other filmmakers with work screening at the 2015 RIDM Film Festival sat down with The Independent’s Patrick Pearce to talk elements of film style.


Jane Birkin in Agnès Varda's "Jane B. by Agnès V." (Courtesy Cinelicious)

Agnès Varda Reflects on “Jane B. by Agnès V.” and “Kung-Fu Master!”

Upon the digital restoration and US release of Jane B. by Agnès V. and Kung-Fu Master! the ever-iconic Agnès Varda tells The Independent: “A lot of people love my films but I don’t know if they are commercial. That’s why I always say, ‘I don’t have a career, I just made films.’ I am marginal and I am happy to be marginal because I’m very well known in these marginal circles of cinephiles.”


A cast of hundreds and hundreds in Aferim! (Courtesy A Big World Pictures)

Radu Jude’s “Aferim!” is Miles Away From Minimalism

Director Radu Jude talks to The Independent about how his latest, Aferim!, may seem Shakespearian but actually uses language discovered in archival literary texts and other documents. And if you’re wondering where he’s headed next, it’s into an adaptation of work by novelist Max Blecher, sometimes called Romania’s Kafka.