Headed for disaster: In Pieter Kuijpers's Off Screen, John R.'s supervisor (l) and co-workers are unaware of John's mental trouble.

Foreign features

Montreal's film festival
Movies shape perceptions. We can read about bombings in London, hostage taking in Amsterdam or moral crises facing a community, but the film artist can create a work that changes how we think about the events that the mass media have presented.

There were many such films at Montreal’s 29th World Film Festival in August. I had feared that the quality of this year’s offerings would be diminished because of a struggle between two rival festivals in the city. Sponsorship had been split between the festivals by the two major financial supporters, and some established film directors chose to stay away because of the conflict.


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