Next week is Locarno. Last year I learned my lesson. It’s arguably the world’s most exciting film festival but for whatever reason isn’t covered as heavily as it ought to be. So updates will sparse, if there are any at all. You’ll be hearing a lot more about Locarno’s movies during TIFF and NYFF in September and October.
I wish I could’ve set up pages for Locarno by now, which I’ve been meaning to do since they released their schedule a week and a half ago. (Aug. 1 update: the festival page has been created.) But I’ve been cripplingly, suffocatingly busy from catching up on work I missed while I was sick three weeks ago. On top of that, I’m still chipping away at the film journals that were published in late June and early July. These include Senses of Cinema, Cinema Scope, and Film Comment. And, as always, the gigantic backlog I’ve been working on since 2015 keeps getting bigger. It’s fine, though. I’ll figure out a way to get it all done eventually.
The new releases this week are all American. Until yesterday, I was under the impression that Detroit was opening next week. I don’t know when plans changed and it got switched to this week.
Detroit (Kathryn Bigelow, United States, 2017, 8 reviews)
Person to Person (Dustin Guy Defa, United States, 2017, 10 reviews)
Atomic Blonde (David Leitch, United States, 2017, 12 reviews)
Escapes (Michael Almereyda, United States, 2017, 4 reviews)
Menashe (Joshua Z. Weinstein, United States, 2017, 7 reviews)
Cinema of the Past
Le Gai Savoir (Jean-Luc Godard, France, 1969, 11 reviews)
Lost in America (Albert Brooks, United States, 1985, 5 reviews)
Red Desert (Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy, 1964, 15 reviews)
The Man Who Envied Women (Yvonne Rainer, United States, 1985, 5 reviews)
Images: Detroit, Le Gai Savoir