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Undercurrent, a magazine of and on film criticism, is a bimonthly publication of FIPRESCI.


Editor: Chris Fujiwara
Contributing Editor: Adrian Martin


Undercurrent invites critical essays, film, DVD, and book reviews, and articles on the practice, theory, and history of film criticism. Contributions are welcomed from both non-members and members of FIPRESCI. Please send your suggestions to csfujiwara [at] gmail [dot] com.

Alexis Tioseco and Nika Bohinc
Alexis Tioseco and Nika Bohinc

In this issue:
#6 (4.2010)

Special issue: Film festivals

A Retrospective on Japanese Retrospectives
According to Aaron Gerow, "Retrospectives should ideally be opportunities not just to see, but also to discourse about film: to talk, write, and investigate its meaning and history."

The Big Circus
Jon Jost reflects on how film festivals changed between the late 1970s and now.

Festivals with Alexis (Mostly without Balut)
Amir Muhammad recalls times spent at film festivals with the late critic Alexis Tioseco.

Film Festivals — Then and Now
Some historical perspective from David Sterritt.

Indonesian Local Film Festivals
An introduction by Lulu Ratna.

Three anthologies:

Cem Mil Cigarros: Os Filmes de Pedro Costa, edited by Ricardo Matos Cabo
Reviewed by Sabrina Marques.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul, edited by James Quandt
Reviewed by Dianne Daley.

On Film Festivals, edited by Richard Porton
Reviewed by Chris Fujiwara.

Also in this issue:

The Hidden Work
An interview with Olivier Assayas about the films of Guy Debord.

The Ethics of Film Criticism
Chris Fujiwara didn't choose the topic, it was thrust on him.

Metropolis Found
Fernando Martín Peña tells the strange story of how Fritz Lang's masterwork came to Argentina and got lost there, and then found.

David Sterritt salutes Peter Bogdanovich's first feature.

Matteo Garrone's Gomorra: Searching for a New Film Language
Paola Casella shows how Gomorra deglamorizes organized crime by subverting movie conventions.

The Texture of Distance
Julie Banks takes us closer to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Distant.

The Limits of Control
Yvette Bíró finds much to admire in Jim Jarmusch's latest film. "The big clue in this great, extremely witty movie: everything remains unknown, secretive from the very beginning to the bitter end, covering who knows what kind of (massive) crime."





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issue #6 (4.2010)


bullet. Retrospectives
bullet. The Big Circus
bullet. Festivals with Alexis
bullet. Then and Now
bullet. Indonesia
bullet. Cem Mil Cigarros
bullet. Apichatpong
bullet. On Film Festivals
bullet. Assayas/Debord
bullet. Ethics of Criticism
bullet. Metropolis Found
bullet. Targets
bullet. Gomorra
bullet. Distant
bullet. The Limits of Control