Tommaso Tocci

The Age of Shadows (Kim Jee-woon, South Korea) — Special Presentations

By Tommaso Tocci / September 14, 2016

By Tommasso Tocci A satisfying cloak-and-dagger thriller set in Japanese-occupied Korea during the 1920s, Kim Jee-woon’s The Age of Shadows betrays a kind of business-like approach to spy games, institutional and otherwise. With an unobstructed point of view that moves swiftly between the upper echelons of the Japanese police force and the busy Seoul shopfronts…

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Jackie (Pablo Larraín, UK) — Platform

By Tommaso Tocci / September 9, 2016

By Tommaso Tocci In his first English-language production, second unconventional biopic of the year (after Neruda), and third impressive film since February 2015, Chilean auteur Pablo Larraín keeps racking up successes. He hits the ground running in Jackie by prefacing the opening shot with the strange, self-collapsing flute-and-violin notes that will accompany his portrayal of…

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Frantz (François Ozon, France/Germany) — Special Presentations

By Tommaso Tocci / September 5, 2016

By Tommaso Tocci Almost a decade after the disappointing Angel, François Ozon is again stepping out of France to direct a film abroad in a different language. Fortunately, he fares much better this time around with Frantz, a post-WWI black-and-white melodrama dealing with duality, deceit, and distance as fuel for the obfuscating power of the…

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