QUATORZE JUILLET (René Clair, 1933)

After the interruption of A nous la liberté (1932) René Clair returned to his beloved Paris for Quatorze Juillet, a semi-musical working-class romance stylistically recalling his Sous les toits de Paris (Under the Rooftops of Paris, 1930). (Earlier films of his set in Paris include Paris qui dort, 1924, Un chapeau de paille d’Italie, 1927, […]

HEREMAKONO (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2002)

A reminiscence, a village portrait, and a satirical meditation on globalization, Abderrahmane Sissako’s Heremakono is a stunning film from Mauritania. Sissako was born in Mauritania and grew up in neighboring Mali, in Northwest Africa. He lived for ten years in Moscow, where he studied film, and he now lives in France. Heremakono is set in […]