Dustin Chang
Contributing Writer; New York

Review: Téchiné's IN THE NAME OF MY DAUGHTER, Another Strong Outing From The Master Of Psychological Dramas

Based on the memoir of Renée Le Roux about the disappearance of her daughter Agnes, André Téchiné, the French master of subtle psychological dramas, tackles real life intrigue with In the Name of My Daughter. The Le Roux case held... More »
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Review: DARK STAR: H.R. GIGER'S WORLD, An Intimate Look At H. R. Giger, Channeling Dark Side Of The Human Soul

Hans Ruedi Giger, the artist known for his nightmarish vision, passed away in 2014 at the age of 74. Luckily for us, Swiss documentarian Belinda Sallin has made a comprehensive, yet intimate portrayal of the artist just before his passing.... More »
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New York African Film Festival 2015: Youthful Optimism From All Corners of The African Continent And Beyond

Scanning through the list of this year's New York African Film Festival, I am again astonished by the breadth and scope of African diaspora in the 21st century transnational society. The countries represented in this year's festival, excluding the ones... More »
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The Many Faces Of Viggo Mortensen

This week, David Oelhoffen's African western Far From Men has been released West of the Atlantic. In my review, I called it a great film, and this has in no small measure to do with its lead actor Viggo Mortensen.... More »
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Review: THE LADIES OF THE HOUSE Succeeds In Making Grindhouse Both Intelligent And Sexy

An intelligent grindhouse movie sounds like an oxymoron but that's just what The Ladies of the House plays out to be. A husband-wife team behind the film - John Stuart Wildman and Justina Walford, gives the genre a dash of... More »
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Review: DON'T THINK I'VE FORGOTTEN Resolutely Remembers Cambodia's Rock & Roll Days

If you are a hipster who picked up a copy of Cambodian Rocks Vol.II in the World Music section at your favorite vinyl shop then you might already be familiar with musicians like Sinn Sisamouth, Pan Ron and Yol Aularong.... More »
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Interview: Hannah Herzsprung on WHO AM I, BELOVED SISTERS And More

The first thing you notice in German actress Hannah Herzsprung is her stunning dark blue green eyes. They are like calm yet mysterious twin lakes. During the whole interview, I couldn't help losing myself in them. I've become a huge... More »
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Interview: Christoph Hochhäusler On THE LIES OF THE VICTORS And Dangers Of Being Labeled

One of the leading figures in the Berlin School (Berliner Schule) movement, Christoph Hochhäusler (I am Guilty, The City Below) is known for creating psychologically complex characters in an imposing environment. His new film, The Lies of the Victors, a... More »
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Preview: Art Of The Real 2015 Expands The Cinematic Horizon

Entering only its second year, the Film Society of Lincoln Center's Art Of The Real series is, nonetheless, one of the must-see film events of the spring, and perhaps the year.This is in large measure due to the boundless, eclectic... More »
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Interview: Olivier Assayas On CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA And A Hall of Mirrors

Even though French director Olivier Assayas has been a trailblazer for international productions for a long time, he surprised everyone by casting teenybopper favorite Kristen Stewart opposite the great Juliette Binoche in his new film Clouds of Sils Maria. The... More »
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KINO! 2015: A Showcase For Contemporary German Cinema

KINO!, a celebration of contemporary German films, returns to New York for its 36th edition, setting up shop at Cinema Village in the West Village for the second year, April 9 - 16. Selected from across the great expanse of... More »
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Review: THE HAND THAT FEEDS Sees A Resurgence Of The Ground-up American Labor Movement

The Hand That Feeds is a David and Goliath story playing out in the streets of New York. Directors Rachel Lears and Robin Blotnick document the struggle of the immigrant food service workers as they fight for their rights and respect.... More »
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ND/NF 2015 Review: COURT, A Sobering Look At India's Judicial System

Winner of the two prizes at the Venice Film Festival 2014, Chaitanya Tamhane's Court lends an earnest look at India's judicial system. The film is a sobering, eye opening experience.It starts with an arrest of an old folk singer and... More »
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Review: Art Imitating Life Imitating Art Imitating...In THE KIDNAPPING OF MICHEL HOUELLEBECQ

Michel Houellebecq, the énfant terrible of French Literature, is regarded by many as the best European writer to emerge in decades. My first Houellebecq was Elementary Particles in the late 90s- the book was repulsive, depraved, nihilistic and shocking but... More »
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ND/NF 2015 Review: Preparing For Apocalypse In PARABELLUM

It's early morning. We begin with a lush landscape. The camera slowly pans to reveal more tranquil greenery. The opening of Parabellum reminds you of the opening scene of Carlos Reygada's Silent Light, except for an imposing beat of electro... More »
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ND/NF 2015 Review: MERCURIALES, A Daring Little Fairy Tale In The Concrete Jungle

The film starts with a young black man getting a tour on the first day of his job as security personnel in Les Mercuriales, the twin skyscrapers, which eerily resemble the World Trade Center, situated in an industrial neighborhood in... More »
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ND/NF 2015 Review: K Transposes Kafka to Inner Mongolia

Here is a thought: what if Kafka's Castle was transposed from the cramped, dreary, dark Eastern European city to the airy, spacious word of Inner Mongolia? It is realized by Mongolian director Darhad Erdenibulag and English born Emyr ap Richard... More »
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Review: Eugène Green's LA SAPIENZA Reaches Beyond Knowledge and Beauty

La Sapienza is the latest from Eugène Green, an American born, French filmmaker known for his highly theatrical, Bressonian films. Highly esoteric, the film will undoubtedly turn off many viewers with its intentionally stilted acting where actors often address the... More »
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Interview: Lisandro Alonso On JAUJA And Cinema Of Searching

Known for his use of non-actors, loose narrative and minimal dialog, Lisandro Alonso's films are at once real and otherworldly. His cinematic explorations are often mysterious and open-ended. He is definitely not into making crowd pleasing blockbusters with big name... More »
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ND/NF 2015 Review: TU DORS NICOLE, A Charming, Deftly Surrealistic Slacker Comedy

Quebec based filmmaker Stéphane Lefleur's wry slacker comedy Tu dors Nicole (You Are Sleeping, Nicole) stars Julianne Côté in the title role of Nicole, a 20 something young woman with one foot still firmly lodged in childhood and the other... More »
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