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    LONG WAY HOME/TEMPORADA (Andre Novias Oliveira 2018)

    ANDRE NOVIAS OLIVEIRA: LONG WAY HOME/TEMPORADA (2018)



    Long Way Home
    André Novais Oliveira 2018 Brazil 113 minutes
    New York Premiere · Q&As with André Novais Oliveira on March 31 & April 2

    The everyday takes on a profound and touching resonance in André Novais Oliveira’s sophomore feature concerning a woman who moves from her hometown of Itaúnas to Contagem to take a job working in a public health program.

    Showtimes; March 31, 3:15 PM; April 2, 8:45 P

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    MIDNIGHT FAMILY (Luke Lorentzen 2019)

    LUKE LORENTZEN: MIDNIGHT FAMILY (2019)


    FER, JOSOÉ AND JUAN OCHOA IN MIDNIGHT FAMILY

    Partly, Lorentzen says, inspired by Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab (Sweetgrass, Foreign Parts, Leviathan, Manakamana), this documentary is observational and humanistic up close and personal glimpse at people coping with a health care system far worse than the America's. Mexico City: 9 million-plus people; 45 city ambulances. Private, seat-of-ther-pants ones work competitively for profit (sometimes) to fill the gap. Director Luke Lorentzen discovered documentary gold by following one of them. Midnight Family is the prizewinning result.

    Lorentzen moved to Mexico City after college with an idea for a film and shifted to this one when he met the Ochoas and they let him ride with them for one night. He spent nearly three months embedded night after night in the private ambulance run by the Ochoa family. He speaks Spanish and worked as a one-man crew using two two Sony FS cameras, one mounted on the roof focusing on the crew in the front window, the other hand held by himself.

    Midnight Family, 91 mins., debuted at Sundance Jan. 2019 where it won the documentary Special Jury Award for Cinematography. Four other festivals, including the 2019 MoMA-Film Society of Lincoln Center New Directors/New Films series, where it was screened for this review. Many reviews: Metacritic (Metascore 85%), including Nich Schager for Variety.

    ND/NF Showtimes: April 4, 8:30 PM; April 5, 9:00 PM
    New York Premiere · Q&As with Luke Lorentzen on April 4 & 5
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    SUBURBAN BIRDS/郊区的鸟/JIAO QU DE NIAO (Qiu Sheng 2018)

    QIU SHENG: SUBURBAN BIRDS/郊区的鸟/JIAO QU DE NIAO (2018)


    STILL FROM SUBURBAN BIRDS/郊区的鸟/Jiao qu de niao

    Suburban Birds
    Qiu Sheng 2018 China 118 minutes
    North American Premiere · Q&As with Qiu Sheng on March 31 & April 2

    In Qiu Sheng’s entrancing, enigmatic feature debut, a team of surveyors investigates an inexplicably subsiding suburban landscape while a group of children set out on youthful adventures.

    Review on EasternKicks.com. Review by Derek Elley for Sino-Cinema. Elley disparagingly calls it a "vague elegy for simpler times" that's "an empty can, and too film schooly for its own good."

    Suburban Birds/郊区的鸟/Jiao qu de niao, 118 mins., debuted 24 Jul. 2018 at Xining First Film Festival, and also Locarno, and three other festivals, and was screened for this review as part of New Directors/New Films, Mar. 2019.

    Showtimes: March 31, 3:00 PM; April 2, 8:45 PM
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