Irene Taylor Brodsky on MOONLIGHT SONATA: DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS – Jennifer Merin interviews

Irene Taylor Brodsky’s Moonlight Sonata is a film about the generations of deaf people: the filmmaker’s deaf son growing up, his deaf grandparents growing older and, a century before them, Beethoven — a composer who wrote his iconic Moonlight Sonata as he went deaf. Here, Brodsky shares her thoughts and experiences making this highly personal documentary.

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HONEYLAND – Review by Diane Carson

More a rich metaphor than a full-bodied story, Honeyland hangs by a thread on Hatidze. She collects wild honey in a remote mountainous part of Northern Macedonia, though it’s difficult to learn even this given the absence of details. Fascinating and frustrating, Honeyland raises numerous questions for which it provides few, if any, answers.

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THOSE THAT, AT A DISTANCE, RESEMBLE EACH OTHER – TIFF19 Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

The achievements of award-winning Argentine-British filmmaker and artist Jessica Sarah Rinland make her a perfect fit for the Toronto International Film Festival’s experimental strand, Wavelengths. This year, her fascinating documentary Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Each Other explored questions about the relationship between original and imitation, and how this relates in both practical and conceptual terms to the field of museum conservation and beyond.

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ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH – Review by Susan Wloszczyna

Sometimes, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch feels like a loftier, artier and much more sobering Transformers sequel, what with its fixation on the monstrously huge machines that chomp into the planet and unsettle our ailing ecosystem for the sake of commerce.

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ANTHROPOCENE: THE HUMAN EPOCH – Review by Sheila Roberts

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch is an epic cinematic journey that’s equal parts mesmerizing, disturbing and timely. While our success as a species has tipped the planet’s systems outside their natural limits, the filmmakers express optimism that our tenacity and ingenuity that helped us thrive can also lead to innovative solutions that will pull these systems back to a safe place for all life on earth.

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LINDA RONSTADT: THE SOUND OF MY VOICE – Review by Brandy McDonnell

True to the title, though, the documentarians devote much of the film to archival footage of Ronstadt singing during her prime. Listening to one of the most successful pop stars of the 1970s blast through many of her hits, including “Different Drum,” “You’re No Good” and “Long Long Time,” with the warmth and might of a sunbeam for 95 minutes proves a beguiling pleasure worth soaking in.

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MOONLIGHT SONATA DEAFNESS IN THREE MOVEMENTS – Review by Carol Cling

More than anything, perhaps, Moonlight Sonata provides a powerful reminder (as if we needed one) that truth can be far more compelling than fiction. It showcases elements — memorable characters, gripping conflicts, striking imagery— that many contemporary fictional features never bother to attempt, let alone achieve.

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