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The Zookeeper's Wife

Has many lovely and moving moments but fails to capture the many layers of this unique story, relying instead on plainly-stated metaphors.

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Ballad of Narayama

"The Ballad of Narayama" is a Japanese film of great beauty and elegant artifice, telling a story of startling cruelty. What a space it opens…

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NYFF 2014 Interview: Debra Granik

"Stray Dog" was one of the highlights of NYFF 2014. The hook was irresistable. After making "Winter's Bone," a modern classic, Debra Granik stayed behind in the beautiful desolation of Missouri to make a film about one of the many wonderful people she met during filming. Ron Hall, the stray dog of the title, is a mass of strange and beautiful contradictions. Granik knew right away she had something in Hall's everyday life and got to work. She understands the unique challenges and uphill battles involved in documentary, which makes her an essential voice today especially for up and coming filmmakers, but she also has the most lovely optimistic outlook about her work. She needs to tell stories like this, and "Stray Dog" is one more fine work of urgency and sensitivity in her canon.

New York Film Festival Interview - Debra Granik from Scout Tafoya on Vimeo.

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