As Leviathan turns increasingly oppressive and gloomy, the theme of erosion takes hold. Multiple structures stand blown-out, held up by three walls and resembling something like an open-faced cement sandwich.
Celebrating its 25th edition at multiple local venues from Feb. 5 through 15, the San Diego Jewish Film Festival remains an important forum to explore ongoing issues of identity in both the United States and abroad.
Two Days, One Night, the great new film by Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, surveys a dramatic scenario where one woman struggles to reconcile such realities after coworkers vote to receive a hefty bonus rather than retain her services.
As a piece of feminist protest art, Zero Motivation—which screens for one week at the Ken Cinema, starting Jan. 16—slyly pokes at the inadequacies of military life, but it also makes an effort to confront the way women attack each other in order to sustain a level of dominance in a primarily male-driven world.
Of all the films vying for Oscars next month, Ava DuVernay's Selma remains the most important, and not simply because its subject matter reflects many of the incendiary debates about race still raging today.