MAGDALENA VIRAGA – Review by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas

Experimental filmmaker Nina Menkes’s reputation for fearless, bold cinema is nowhere more readily evidenced than her groundbreaking 1986 feature Magdalena Viraga. Menkes situates the raw authenticity of her central characters prostitution in a powerful tension with theatrically delivered dialogue and, just as notably, her extraordinary eye for colour, texture and shape. Wrinkled fabrics, flickering candles and ornate wallpapers permeate the film, again amplifying the tactile nature of the movie, rendering it an experience that you can almost feel on your skin as much as process through the eye. Ultimately, it is this experience of sensory absorption that – when combined with the powerful emotional and ideological engine of the film – renders Magdalena Viraga such a wholly unique experience. A film to be felt as much as thought about, this is a film that leaves an unremovable stain.

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WEEK IN WOMEN: Courtney Kemp’s New Super Deal With Lionsgate – Brandy McDonnell reports

Courtney Kemp, the creator of Starz’s crime drama Power, has signed what has been deemed as a “one-of-a-kind” agreement with the premium cable channel’s parent company, Lionsgate. The development and production deal offers Kemp and her End of Episode shingle the opportunity to expand the Power franchise with potential spinoffs among a number of commitments by Starz.

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