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AFF Review- Santoalla

The documentary film Santoalla builds suspense, as soon as it begins by revealing a series of mysteries that have shaped this small town in northwestern Spain. From the distance, Santoalla blends into the strikingly beautiful forest-covered hills surrounding it. Close-up, the town appears to be abandoned, with houses in various

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AFF Review- 11:55

There are no parades in 11:55. US Marine Nelson Sanchez isn’t given the key to the city or free tickets to a football game. Even his welcome party is interrupted by the news that the dangers he had tried to get away from by enlisting have been waiting for his arrival. This

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AFF Review: Desierto

I have never felt more tense in a movie theater than during the Austin Film Festival’s screening of Jonás Cuarón’s Desierto. It wasn’t just the pain of watching an unbalanced, border-patrolling vigilante hunt down immigrants, though the brutal violence in the film made sure that no death was glossed over. What made we

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