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Karin Badt
Karin Badt is Associate Professor of theater and cinema in Paris.

Entries by Karin Badt

The Istanbul Film Festival: From Spike Lee's Doc on Michael Jackson to a Tribute to Otto Preminger

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 4:40 PM

The delight of the Istanbul Film Festival is to get a glimpse of the Turkish films one can't see so easily elsewhere, and to go from theater to theater on lively Istiklal Street, as bustling as ever, despite the terrorist bombing here last month. One goes up and...

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Discussions of Freedom at the Istanbul Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 3:30 PM

"My documentary is on a man who goes naked," said a lively film student at the Istanbul Film Festival brunch, offered at the Goethe Institute. "He walks about town naked, in the style of Diogenes the Cynic!"

"Why are you interested in him?" I said.

The young man's eyes lit...

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Compassionate Mexican Documentary Screens at the Istanbul Film Festival: "No Place Like Home"

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 10:15 AM

It is a gentle film, one that draws the spectator in with its paradisal atmosphere of tranquility and harmony, set among verdant trees, with calm conversations. The topic of this documentary, No Place Like Home by Mexican director Carlos Hagerman: the director's parents. His father, an architect, has dedicated his...

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The Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival: From Janis Joplin and Bjork to Refugees from Syria

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2016 | 1:58 PM

I have not missed the Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival once in the last nine years. The brain child of utopian-minded Dimitris Eipedes, who conceived it as a means to "make the world a smaller place" and "hear each other's stories," it offers a chance to go, in the course of...

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A Conversation With Laurie Anderson: 'Heart of a Dog' Screens at the Lisbon-Estoril Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 1:54 PM

I felt very sad as the car drove along the dark Lisbon coast, heading towards the screening of performance artist Laurie Anderson's new film. Paris had just been attacked by terrorists, in three different locations, over 120 people dead. The world suddenly felt washed in darkness.

"Feel the sadness, but...

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A Rare Encounter With Don DeLillo in Lisbon

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 6:56 AM

Searching for that which cannot be found is a persistent theme in Don DeLillo's work, whether it's the lost dog or cat announced in the neighborhood posters in the early novel White Noise (1985), or Jessie, the main female character in his more recent poetic opus, Point Omega (2010), who...

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7 Chinese Brothers Screens at the Lisbon-Estoril Film Festival: Jason Schwartzman as Comic Slacker

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 2:24 PM

"I don't want you seeing my movie!" Texan film director Bob Byington sternly waved a finger at me in the lobby of our hotel in Lisbon, staring down at me through his green glasses. "I am serious. Don't see it! Don't you dare come to the screening! I absolutely don't...

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John Berger, Piotr Anderszewski and Yasmine Hamdan at the Lisbon Estoril Festival: A Sublime Coincidence of Text and Music

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 8:41 AM

John Berger, the famed British writer, offered a tremendous performance of poems and stories for the Lisbon Estoril Film Festival last night, interspersed with the music of Schumann and Szymanowski, played by acclaimed Polish pianist Piotr Anderszewski.


"I can't believe John Berger...

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Oaxaca Film Fest: International Films, Sundance and Mezcal in the Colonial City

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 11:09 PM

I happened to learn about the Oaxaca Film Festival by the luck of coincidence. While surfing in Puerto Escondido, I met its charismatic director, Ramiz Adeeb Azar, an Iranian American, based in the city of Oaxaca, on the beach. Over a margarita, while night darkened the ocean, the lively man...

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Cannes Grand Prix Winner "Son of Saul": A Critical Review

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 11:29 PM

It is a daring film. Director László Nemes took the true context of the Sonderkommando -- the group of Jewish prisoners forced to assist the Nazis in extermination practices at Auschwitz -- and invented a fictional story of one of its members, to create a subjective perspective of the unspeakable...

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A Gala Night at Cannes: 3-Star Michelin Chef and Contemporary Art Auction at the Saint George Villa

(0) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 7:39 AM

After a decade of coming to the Cannes film festival, I was invited to my first "Gala", one sponsored by the Horyou Foundation, a family-run social network organization that gives visibility and funding to over 700 NGOs. I must admit I accepted the invitation reluctantly: parties are notorious...

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A Conversation With Director Joachim Trier at Cannes about Louder Than Bombs

(4) Comments | Posted May 25, 2015 | 6:51 AM

Joachim Trier's intriguing Louder Than Bombs opens with the birth of a baby, an ecstatic young mother and a thrilled young father: a scene foretelling that, very soon, the concept of the happy family will be put in question. Indeed, the story quickly shifts and becomes a quiet study of...

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'Chronic' at Cannes: Tim Roth As a Depressed Male Hospice Nurse

(1) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 4:06 PM

Tim Roth gives an outstanding performance in Michel Franco's new film Chronic, which just premiered at Cannes, as a male nurse who bizarrely goes beyond the call of duty to care for his dying patients. The film follows him as he takes care first of one patient (until the funeral),...

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Ciro Guerra's 'Embrace of the Serpent' at Cannes: A Conversation With the Colombian Director About Shamanism

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 10:43 AM

An unusual entry in the Cannes Fortnight, Embrace of the Serpent is a stark black-and-white journey down the Amazon in the 1900s, based on the travel journals of German Koch-Grunberg and the American explorer, Richard Evans Schultes.

The movie cuts between one explorer and the other, between 1909 and...

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'Valley of Love' at Cannes: Isabelle Huppert and Gerard Depardieu Summoned to Californian Desert by Dead Son

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2015 | 9:28 AM

The movie seems promising at first. We see the back of a thin woman walking, with determined hard-hitting heels, across the grounds of a hotel, the sun preternaturally bright. When she turns, she is Isabelle Huppert, playing the bereaved mother of a young gay son who committed suicide, for an...

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Entrepreneur Hani Farsi Launches New Program to Help Arab Women Filmmakers

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 2:31 PM

I met with Saudi Arabian entrepreneur/philanthropist Hani Farsi, here at Cannes to launch his new program, "Arab Women Filmmakers," to discuss how he came to create the first initiative of this program: three scholarships to Arab women for a full, four-year ride to UCLA's Master's of Fine Arts In Directing...

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Jia Zhangke Back at Cannes with "Mountains May Depart": A Conversation about Changing China with the Director

(2) Comments | Posted May 22, 2015 | 6:56 AM

Jia Zhangke's Mountains May Depart, a three-act movie beginning in 1999 and ending in 2025, seems very light in the first act. The film opens with a peppy shot of young people dancing in a circle to exuberant music and then we are led to the story of two young...

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Apichatpong Werasethakul's 'Cemetery of Splendour': A Dream Film at Cannes

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 11:14 AM

To watch an Apichatpong Werasethakul film is to be lulled into a dream. His latest film, Cemetery of Splendour, which premiered at Cannes this week, immerses you in a surreal, and yet real, world on the line of wakefulness and sleep: literally a hospital (once a schoolhouse), in the Thai...

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Todd Haynes at Cannes: New Film 'Carol' Stuns With Elegance

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 2:57 AM

I last saw Todd Haynes thirty years ago in a semiotics class at Brown on "Pastiche and Parody". I remember him as the intent red-haired young man, always leaning forward, with two hands pressed on the desk, as he dialogued with professor Silverman about Baudrillard. He delivered his oral presentation...

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Maïwenn's "Mon Roi" in Competition at Cannes: A Woman in Love With Her Man

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 11:33 AM

If any woman wants confirmation that what counts above all is being in love with your husband, no matter how philandering, unpredictable and domineering he is, and that everything else -- your career, values, social concerns -- is secondary, watching Maïwenn's latest film Mon Roi will do the trick. Set...

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