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Citizen of the World

By Gabriel Jandali Appel

In a six-part pseudo-travelogue, Orson Welles playfully self-mythologizes his way across Europe.

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Searching for Leader Ladies

By Rebecca Lyon

A Chicago Film Society project embraces the mysterious test-image subjects known only to projectionists and other apostles of analog.

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Sounding Out Electronic Music’s Female Pioneers

By Margaret Barton-Fumo

Lisa Rovner’s new documentary, Sisters with Transistors, shines a collective light on trailblazing sonic artists long overdue for recognition.

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Another Round with Vinterberg & Mikkelsen

By Laura Kern

In a pair of films, the acclaimed Danish duo lay the foundation for a lasting cinematic partnership.

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Uncharted Territory

By José Teodoro

Emotional logic prevails in Claire Denis’s L’Intrus, inviting us to share its itinerant protagonist’s unmoored state.

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Split Image

By Aliza Ma

With Center Stage, Stanley Kwan blends formal styles to tell the story of the tragic silent Shanghainese starlet Ruan Lingyu and redefines the biopic.

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The Eyes of Tony Longo

By Genevieve Yue

On the existence of a secret cinema found on the fringes of Thom Andersen’s Los Angeles.

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Life Isn’t That Simple

By Zia Anger

Being a teenager can feel apocalyptic. Sometimes a film about the end of the world is the best medicine.

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When the Stars Align

By Chloe Lizotte

Stanley Kwan’s 1991 masterwork Center Stage unites two preeminent actresses divided by generations, Maggie Cheung and the silent-screen star she embodies, Ruan Lingyu.

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Pizza Party

By Metrograph

In honor of Untitled Pizza Movie, we asked local filmmakers and other friends of Metrograph to share their pizza-related memories and favorite spots to grab a slice, past or present.

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Reverse Shot on Djibril Diop Mambéty:
Things Unseen

By Boukary Sawadogo

Laurence Gavron’s documentary Ninki Nanka, The Prince of Colobane closely observes the celebrated director during the making of his final feature, Hyenas.

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Follow the Money

By Yasmina Price

Djibril Diop Mambéty’s Le Franc and The Little Girl Who Sold The Sun combine a harsh critique of neocolonial structures with buoyant portraits of those surviving at their margins.