A State of Uncertainty: Tsai Ming-liang on Days by Darren Hughes

New Possible Realities: Heinz Emigholz on The Last City by Jordan Cronk

This Dream Will Be Dreamed Again: Luis López Carrasco’s El año del descubrimiento by James Lattimer

Out of the Inkwell: Kim Deitch on Reincarnation Stories by Sean Rogers


Impresión de un cineasta: On the Films of Camilo Restrepo by Jay Kuehner

The Oral Cinema of Sergio Citti by Celluloid Liberation Front

Rabbit, Run: Elem Klimov’s Come and See by Angelo Muredda

Vagabond: The Films of Patricia Mazuy by Lawrence Garcia

Spotlight: The Decade in Canadian Cinema

Long Live the New Flesh: The Decade in Canadian Cinema by Adam Nayman

Jodie Mack by Sofia Bohdanowicz

Corneliu Porumboiu by Antoine Bourges

Jean-Luc Godard by Andrea Bussmann

Sergei Loznitsa by Atom Egoyan

Jafar Panahi by Hugh Gibson

Caveh Zahedi by Matt Johnson

Steven Spielberg by Isiah Medina

Angela Schanelec by Kazik Radwanski

Lucrecia Martel by Lina Rodriguez

Jem Cohen by Brett Story

Amanda Kernell by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers

Ang Lee by Blake Williams


Editor’s Note: Best of the Decade


Against Mythomania: The Expanded Cinema of Valie Export by Lucy Brady

TV or Not TV

Exit, Pursued by a Fox: Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s Fleabag by Alicia Fletcher


Sundance by Robert Koehler

Global Discoveries on DVD by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Exploded View: Gregory Zinman’s Making Images Move by Chuck Stephens


Beanpole by Michael Sicinski

And Then We Danced by Katherine Connell

Murmur by Josh Cabrita

The Assistant by Chloe Lizotte

Saint Maud by Jason Anderson

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Discrete Charms: Rotterdam’s Tiger Short Competition by Phil Coldiron


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