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"Sometimes a simple premise leads to deep results. Such is the case with "Glory" ("Slava"), Buglarian directors Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov's stirring third feature, which plays like a parable that keeps expanding its themes. "
- Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov have a rare ability to make gripping, politically charged drama that is entirely accessible. "
- Allan Hunter, Screen Daily
"Shot with flexible naturalism . . . the film quietly builds to a feeling of inexorable disaster, guided by terrific performances as well as spot-on editing. "
- Jay Weissberg, Variety
SOUL ON A STRING
"This panoramic film...is visually stunning. It share a high elevation and the spirit of revenge with The Revenant..."
- David D'Arcy, Screen Daily
"A slow-simmering, Western-style action drama of blood feud, misfired machismo, and spiritual quest spread across Tibet's rolling steppes and scorching deserts... "
- Maggie Lee, Variety
"In this panoramic masterpiece, Director Zhang Yang weaves a tale of revenge and destiny across the diverse lands of Tibet, creating a Buddhist Western of epic proportions..."
- Walker MacMurdo, Willamette Week
AFTER THE STORM
"[A] classic Japanese family drama of gentle persuasion and staggering simplicity.... [T]he filmmaking is so exquisite and the acting so calibrated it sticks with you."
- Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter
"**** [E]ven long-standing fans of the Japanese filmmaker might be taken aback by the supreme subtlety of his latest, achingly beautiful ode to the quiet complexities of family life."
- Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph
"**** The performances are brilliant throughout the ensemble and the script is full of great one-liners. After the Storm is undoubtedly one of Kore-eda's best."
- John Bleasdale, Cine-vue.com
I AM THE BLUES
"I Am the Blues is a lovely film, made with a light, respectful touch. "
- Marc Glassman, Point of View Magazine
"Heartache never sounded so good."
- Chris Knight, National Post
"Director Daniel cross goes deep into the Deep South blues scene with this terrific documentary. One of the most striking aspects of the film is how beautifully shot it often is."
- Robert Whitehead, VultureHound
"Ranking as Estonia's biggest domestic box office success, Elmo Nuganen's gritty war epic " provides a harsh perspective on the country's painful 20th-century history. "
- Alissa Simon, Variety
"Breaking box office records back home, Estonia's official Academy Awards entry in the Best Foreign Language Film race is a handsome World War II drama. . . . Director Elmo Nuganen . . . shows a flair for grand-scale spectacle in his polished second feature."
- Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter
"A simple yet poignant drama with sharp historical undertones."
- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
"Shot on the idyllic Spanish eastern coast this film examines profound subjects in a dramatically coherent intelligent way. Bravo Barbet!"
- Peter Belsito, Indiewire
"A thoughtful, sensitive character..."
- Scott Foundas, Variety
"Apprentice is an extremely well researched, very detailed, absorbing trip into a very bleak, untrodden world that impresses all of the way through with its clever story structure, and if you pardon the pun, excellent execution. Highly recommended."
- Paul Heath, The Hollywood News
"[T]here's no question that this Un Certain Regard premiere's directorial flair and thematic complexity...should help further consolidate Boo's own reputation as one of the region's names to watch."
- Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter
"Tightly focused and ambitious in its multiple themes..."
- Lisa Nesselson, Screen Daily
"Straddling the line between arthouse and genre, THE ARDENNES is a very strong debut, sure to challenge and reward fans on both sides of that divide."
- Todd Brown, Twitch Film
"A straight-on, lean and mean genre film from Belgium, THE ARDENNES offered one welcome surprise."
- Kent Turner, Film-Forward
"...the sort of darkly comic, take-no-prisoners genre piece in which dismembered body parts and a sudden ostrich attack are par for the course."
- Ben Kenigsberg, Variety
"A freshness of observation and a sparky sense of wonder about its protagonists means that Michael Vinik's debut feature retains the keen edge of authentic experience."
- Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter
"Seriously, this movie bleeds cool in a way a lot of American indies only wish they could. But the coolest part? Watching two angsty teenage girls fall for each other."
- Daniela Costa, AfterEllen.com
"Michal Vinik's fresh, frank look at coming out and coming of age in contemporary Israel."
- Guy Lodge, Variety
"Bercot is heartbreaking, and Cassel has never been better... it's clear that Maïwenn has something to say - and a clear, strong style with which to express it."
- Peter Debruge, Variety
"Perhaps what's really different about this film, unlike the innumerable others where someone falls in love with someone else who turns out to be bad news, is that it's from a woman's perspective for a change, and she's the relatively sane one bewitched by beauty and charm."
- Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
"Maïwenn wants to explore the sort of toxic long-term relationship that can ensnare even the sanest, wisest people...seeking to understand how luckless individuals stuck in on-again/off-again relationships remain trapped."
- Tim Grierson, Paste
NEITHER HEAVEN NOR EARTH
"...gripping mash-up of LONE SURVIVOR, THE THING, and THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT that pits a squad of French soldiers against a supernatural menace far deadlier than the Taliban."
- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter
"Clement Cogitore's striking debut puts an inventive fresh, uncanny spin on the War in Afghanistan soldier study."
- Guy Lodge, Variety
"...a haunting and original work."
- John Bleasdale, Cine-Vue
MEN GO TO BATTLE
"An instant-classic Western..."
- Richard Brody, The New Yorker
"...takes us back into the everyday lives of such a troubled time period without feeling heavy-handed or manipulative."
- Meredith Alloway, The Daily Buzz
"A darkly comedic but historically accurate look at two brothers whose escalating pranks are interrupted by the Civil War."
- Jeremy Kay, Screen Daily