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Alone, But Never Out of Sight

Alone, But Never Out of Sight

BY GARY M. KRAMER | In João Pedro Rodrigues’ fascinating new film, “The Ornithologist,” the title character Fernando (Paul Hamy) is kayaking through Portugal studying black storks. After he has an accident, two Chinese hikers, Fei (Han Wen) and Ling (Chan Suan), who have strayed from the Camino de Santiago, save him. Fernando has a […]

NYFF Does Better By Women

NYFF Does Better By Women

BY STEVE ERICKSON | Did someone at the New York Film Festival take a look at my article on last year’s festival, which complained about its lack of diversity? While female directors are still far from parity in the festival’s Main Slate, their numbers have increased. Most notably, the festival’s opening night film is Ava DuVernay’s […]

Handsome, Unique Post-Colonial Noir

Handsome, Unique Post-Colonial Noir

BY STEVE ERICKSON | “The Last Time I Saw Macao” is like nothing I’ve seen before. It bears some resemblance to Chris Marker’s essay films, but Marker rarely integrated fiction to the degree “The Last Time I Saw Macao” does, except in his sci-fi short “La Jetée.” Portuguese directors João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra […]