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Miklos Jancso (#110 of 2)

Cinequest ‘11: Midnight Son, New York Decalogue, Madly in Love, Sodankyla Forever, & The Glass Slipper

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Cinequest ‘11: <em>Midnight Son</em>, <em>New York Decalogue</em>, <em>Madly in Love</em>, <em>Sodankyla Forever</em>, & <em>The Glass Slipper</em>
Cinequest ‘11: <em>Midnight Son</em>, <em>New York Decalogue</em>, <em>Madly in Love</em>, <em>Sodankyla Forever</em>, & <em>The Glass Slipper</em>

Cinequest recently wrapped its 21st year. I attended the festival in its last few days, which is the equivalent of eating the frosting of a 10-layer cake. I didn’t see enough films to be able to make broad conclusions about the festival, but the small taste I did get enables me to say that this festival has one again, just as it always does, stuck to its promise of programming the new and uncharted in cinema. Though some of the films playing the festival, like Potiche, have built their reputations at places like Cannes, Berlin, Venice, etc., for the most part this is a festival whose programming is doggedly dedicated to bringing films to the screen that in many cases, up until their CQ premiere, are not on any one’s radars (films from first-time filmmakers and those that haven’t gotten much exposure outside of their home country or at other festivals).