Joshua Sperling is a Ph.D. student in Literature and Film at Yale University. His writing has appeared in Film Quarterly, Senses of Cinema, and Bullett Magazine.
When Brooklyn Academy of Music ran a retrospective of French filmmaker Olivier Assayas in 2010, they hailed him as a post-punk auteur.
Abderrahmane Sissakos Timbuktu somehow balances the urgency of current events with the grace and timelessness of a story told in the shade of a village tree. Set in and around the North African city of its title, where newly arrived jihadists enforce religious law with brutality, the film centers on a stubborn cattle herder and his family resisting encroachment.
Agnieszka Holland is a curious director. She works on both sides of the Atlantic, in both cinema and television. Although her style has remained consistently accessible, often genre-inflected, her career demonstrates a commitment to the difficult moments of European history.
Hany Abu-Assads Paradise Now balanced an uncompromising commitment to the Palestinian cause with a sensitivity to the contradictions of Palestinian experience. His most recent film, Omar, turns the complex tensions of occupationand the taboo of collaborationinto a tightly plotted espionage thriller.
JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER with Joshua Sperling
The Act of Killing opens July 19 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema
While the past decade has seen the comeback of reenactment within the non-fiction film, none has pushed the device to such intricate and chilling extremes as Joshua Oppenheimers new documentary about the Indonesian genocide, The Act of Killing.
If a more serious Jim Jarmusch made a road movie about a nun, a judge, and a musician in 1960s Poland, the result might be close to Pawel Pawlikowskis Ida.
- BETWEEN UTOPIAS OLIVIER ASSAYAS with Joshua Sperling
- HANY ABU-ASSAD with Joshua Sperling
- ABDERRAHMANE SISSAKO with Joshua Sperling
- JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER with Joshua Sperling The Act of Killing opens July 19 at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema
- AGNIESZKA HOLLAND with Joshua Sperling
- PAWEL PAWLIKOWSKI with Joshua Sperling