Posts By: John Rodzvilla

60th New York Film Festival, September 30 to October 16, 2022

New York Film Festival, Sept.30-Oct.16

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Above is Nan Goldin’s photo that’s become the poster for this 60th NYFF.  Talk about a picture being worth a thousand words. It celebrates movies as they once were in the 1960s (and long before), when Irving Shulman’s 1947 The Amboy Dukes was the coming-of-age novel for NYC bonehead teens and wayward young adults. Youths… Read more »

Leonard Cohen Doffing his hat

Tribeca Festival June 8-20

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‘The city that never sleeps’ has awakened to two renamed institutions since the onset of Covid: The 92nd Street Y is now known as 92NY, signaling a momentous decision to begin streaming much of its top-drawer cultural programming to the world. And the former Tribeca Film Festival’s 22nd season of multiple events on a myriad… Read more »

New Directors/New Films April 20–May 1

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A major international hotel chain some years ago positioned its appeal to travelers as “the best surprise is no surprise.” The premise was that most vacationers want the predictability of home wherever they go. That line didn’t play well in Manhattan, where surprise is the order of every day. Most of us moved here to… Read more »

Clare Monnelly stares out a window.

Chicago Irish Film Festival: Films from the lands of storytelling

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The Chicago Irish Film Festival, an annual festival created by Irish filmmakers to present diverse and creative independent films to worldwide audiences, will hold its 23rd annual festival as a hybrid festival. Audiences can join the screening venues in person from March 3 to March 6 and they can also enjoy the festival online from… Read more »

Juliette Binoche and Vincent Lindon in the ocean.

Rendez-Vous with French Cinema March 3-13

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Signs of spring are budding through New York City. Cartier just debuted the season’s most welcome ad campaign, with scores of residents in all five boroughs weighing in on why they wouldn’t live anywhere else. The citywide infection rate has plummeted from a perilous 22% in January to a far safer 1.3% (Feb. 25). And… Read more »