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Hélène Barthélemy


The Present Flies, the Past Remains

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Le passé [The Past], directed by Asghar Farhadi. France/Italy, 2013. In an interview given last year, Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian filmmaker best known for his Oscar-winning film, A Separation (2011), discussed the influence of theater on his work: “What I tried to take from theater to cinema is that every viewer sees his own movie, and that nothing is imposed to him or her. This means that we cannot see the world with a precise angle. There should always be different ...

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The Square: So Close Yet So Far

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The Square. Directed by Jehane Noujaim. Egypt/USA, 2013. The Egyptian revolution has been hiccupping from crackdown to revolt. Meanwhile, it has collapsed from a climate of feverish utopia into violent party altercations often waged according to foreign interests. In a new documentary, The Square, Egyptian-American director Jehane Noujaim films the revolutionary struggle alongside her friends, representing it through the prism of Tahrir Square. The film starts with the ...

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Hélène Barthélemy


Hélène Barthélemy graduated from Columbia in May 2013, where she majored in Middle Eastern Studies (MESAAS) and Philosophy. After an internship at Verso Books, she is now freelancing.