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Why do we like her?  Because she escaped the clutches of Carruth, or?...


Maybe you have no reason.

Why do I like her? Because 'SHE DIES TOMORROW' quickly became my favorite film of the last five or six years. For its vulnerability, its humor, and its ensemble cast structure of peeling off the layers that we all existentially avoid in living our day to day lives. Or iz it, that we don't avoid it, but we confront it head on in daring to live our day to day lives? Through SHE DIES TOMORROW Amy Seimetz helped me contextualize grief, the flick has dialogue and narrative beats that reminded me death isn't something to fear, illustrating what makes death not only tolerable but essential to gratefulness. How do we choose to take each step to prioritize and care for ourselvez and those around us when we know no day iz promised?

Plus her seasonz of THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE are super sleek and cathartic. She's made two works about the complexity of 'escape' and 'release' that to me tower above most modern director's work.

And maybe, since you're a more OG member of Xixax, it'll mean something to you that David Lowery has been a collaborator of hers, editing Sun Don't Shine. Certainly, Seimetz meanz as much to me as Lowery meanz to some of you.


Criterion Lays Off 20 Percent of Staff in 'Reorganization' Move

QuoteCriterion has let go a number of staffers in a "reorganization" of the company that took place on Wednesday, October 19.

Criterion Collection President Peter Becker told IndieWire that the layoffs affected several departments — and about 20 percent of the company, with 16 employees laid off from a staff of over 80.

"Yesterday was a sad day at Criterion," Becker said via email. "We had to part ways with a number of staffers across several departments as part of a reorganization intended to prepare the company for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, which are markedly different from the ones we had built ourselves up to address in the past."

He added that there were no further staff changes planned. "We spoke personally with everyone impacted to express the company's respect and our gratitude for their work, of which we all remain very proud," he said.

Criterion representatives declined to comment further on which departments specifically were affected.


Criterion Announces New Line of Releases

The Criterion Collection has announced a brand new line of home video releases called Janus Contemporaries. The first release from the new line will be Jerzy Skolimowski's film EO.

Official announcement: Starting this fall, Criterion will proudly join with Janus Films in presenting Janus Contemporaries, a new line of home-video editions of first-run theatrical releases, fresh from theaters, following their streaming premieres on the Criterion Channel.

Kicking off with Jerzy Skolimowski's Cannes Jury Prize winner and Academy Award nominee EO, the 2023 slate of the Janus Contemporaries line will feature Jafar Panahi's No Bears, writer/director Louis Garrel's The Innocent, Hlynur Pálmason's Godland, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's Tori and Lokita, and Felix van Groeningen and Charlotte Vandermeersch's The Eight Mountains.

The Blu-ray and DVD editions will feature new interviews with the filmmakers produced by Criterion as a part of the Criterion Channel series Meet the Filmmakers, and will retail for $29.95 (Blu-ray) and $24.95 (DVD).

Known for more than sixty-five years as the premier U.S. distributor of international art-house cinema, Janus is home to many of the greatest movies ever made, from such vaunted masters as Chantal Akerman, Michelangelo Antonioni, Ingmar Bergman, Jean Cocteau, the Coen brothers, Jean-Luc Godard, Akira Kurosawa, David Lynch, Yasujiro Ozu, Satyajit Ray, Ousmane Sembène, François Truffaut, Melvin Van Peebles, Agnès Varda, Wim Wenders, and Wong Kar Wai. Last year, when Sight and Sound revealed the results of its once-a-decade poll, the critics' and directors' lists of the top hundred films of all time each included more than fifty entries from the Janus library.

Over the past decade, Janus has released a steady stream of celebrated art-house hits, including Academy Award winners like Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty and Ryusuke Hamaguchi's Drive My Car, which marked the start of Janus's landmark partnership with bespoke theatrical specialist Sideshow.

"It's an exciting moment for Janus Films," said Peter Becker, president of Criterion and a partner in Janus Films. "With a more robust first-run lineup than it has had since the 1960s and powerful partnerships with theatrical specialists Sideshow and the Criterion Channel streaming service, Janus is uniquely well positioned to bring the best films from around the world to theaters and homes across North America. The launch of Janus Contemporaries completes that picture."