DEUX FOIS (MIFF2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

The 1968 experimental film Deux fois marked the fearless debut of Éric Rohmer’s one-time editor-turned-filmmaker herself, Jackie Raynal. Appearing as the film’s central protagonist (alongside her co-star Francisco Viader), Raynal employs André Weinfeld’s striking black and white photography which follows her on a trip to Spain. Consisting of a series of at first seemingly disconnected vignettes (some of which are replayed, hence the title), Raynal’s loose, confident visual style invites us to map links between each moment, reaching into ourselves as much as into the film itself, and thus acting as a provocation of sorts for us to divine our own meaning, on our own terms.

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LA VERÓNICA (MIFF 2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Chilean director Leonardo Madel’s La Verónica is a tale of a complex, flawed young woman trying to navigate her way through the jungle of contemporary life with only her own personal strengths and weaknesses to guide her. With an actor of Mariana Di Girólamo’s remarkable talent behind the wheel, it cannot fail to captivate.

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SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS (MIFF 2021) – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Sisters with Transistors makes an explicit connection between the assumed ‘boys club’ nature of electronic music and the broader plight of feminism more generally explicit. All those catch phrases and keywords that have been tethered to the former since its conception – speaking up, being heard, making noise – are granted remarkable new meaning when tied so explicitly to the history of women in electronic music, and how broadly their place in that history has been denied.

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