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This month’s selection is BLUSH, a Film Club premiere that Variety called “a fresh, frank look at coming out and coming of age” and AfterEllen said “bleeds cool in a way a lot of American indies only wish they could.”
Michal Vinik’s debut feature, Blush, revels in the conventions of coming-of-age dramas. It finds joy in the classic transgressions of teenage rebellion while reimagining the cinematic tropes of the genre. Still, Blush reaches beyond the short-term aspirations of its fierce protagonists. Its subtle yet deliberate screenplay paints an intimate portrait of contemporary Israel and fearlessly engages the politics of a divided state as they manifest in familial gestures and color expressions of love. The film’s ultimate rejection of the escapist and hedonistic impulses of youth makes it an enduring tale sure to carve its distinct place in the heart of audiences young and old.
THE ARDENNES is NOW PLAYING in #NYC at Village East Cinema and critics are raving! “ROUGH BEAUTY… LIKE SOMETHING OUT OF A GRISLY STORYBOOK” (The Village Voice), “A KICK ASS LITTLE NOIR” (Unseen Films), “CHILLY AND BROODING” (Ion Cinema), “DEFTLY MIXES HARD-CORE DRAMA WITH BITING BLACK HUMOR” (IndieWire)
THE ARDENNES, Belgium’s official submission for the 2017 Academy Awards, blends gritty kitchen-sink realism, forbidding noir and surprising, post-Coen Brothers humor into a tense, emotionally twisted thriller. Opens Friday, January 6 in #NYC at Village East Cinema