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The Babadook ╳ Jennifer Kent

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March 11, 2014

Art Blog - Jennifer Kent - Empty Kingdom
“If it’s in a word or it’s in a book… You can’t get rid of The Babadook.” A creepy tagline for a psychologically menacing feature debut from Australian director Jennifer Kent. Check it all out after the jump!
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Enemy ╳ Denis Villeneuve

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February 28, 2014

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Director Denis Villeneuve (previously featured on EK for his amazing work on INCENDIES and short film NEXT FLOOR), continues to amaze after his english debut PRISONERS with the psychosexual mind-bender Enemy.
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Girl Walk // All Day ╳ Jacob Krupnick

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February 24, 2014

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Girl Walk // All Day is a complex mesh of dance, documentation, music video, movement and above all happiness. An amazing feat of choreography and determination, directed by Jacob Krupnick and in association with Wild Combination.
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Under the Skin ╳ Jonathan Glazer

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February 20, 2014

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Filmmaker Jonathan Glazer (known for SEXY BEAST, BIRTH, Massive Attack’s KARMACOMA and Radiohead’s KARMA POLICE) presents his latest feature Under the Skin. A psychological piece that coldly observes humanity and sexuality through the gaze of an opposing outside force. Get more goosebumps after the jump.
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Ida ╳ Paweł Pawlikowski

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February 2, 2014

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Paweł Pawlikowski’s latest feature film Ida plants its core focus on the controversies between Polish Catholics and Jews during the 1960s. A beautifully shot and framed look at the conflicts and opinions of that time.
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Stranger by the Lake // L’inconnu du Lac ╳ Alain Guiraudie

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February 1, 2014

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Stranger by the Lake // L’inconnu du Lac implores us to witness the unraveling mystery of the human heart and the human soul. A film by Alain Guiraudie.
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EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013

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January 31, 2014

TOP 100 2013
[Photo by: Shelbie Dimond] 939 is the magic number for EK in 2013. 939 only has 4 factors: 1, 3, 313, 939...which doesn't really have any significant meaning relating to our TOP 100. AMD made a CPU called the Socket 939 back in June 2004...but we're not sponsored by them nor any other computer tech company to supply us with the machines that we need to run EK. The year 939 in Roman numerals is CMXXXIX...which doesn't mean crap since none of us use Roman numerals anymore. According to HistoryOrb.com, 4 major events took place in year 939 that were documented: July 8th (The Major Occultation, or Ghaybat el-Kubra of Muhammad al-Mahdi), August 6th (Battle at Simancas - Spain beats Moors), October 2nd (Battle at Andernach: King Otto & Hermann of Zwaben beat Eberhard of France & Giselbert of Lutherans), October 27th (Edmund I succeeds Athelstan as King of England)...which all has nothing to do with EK. Nonetheless, 939 is the exact number of posts we had to sift through for 2013 in order to bring to all of you art-fiends our fourth annual EMPTY KINGDOM TOP 100 Artists of 2013!
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Oculus ╳ Mike Flanagan

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January 29, 2014

Art Blog - Mike Flanagan - Empty Kingdom
Director Mike Flanagan re-adapts his inventive short film Oculus into a feature length film of the same name. What began as an experiment in fear, has now evolved into a complex tonal crime drama about proving the reality of the supernatural.
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The Rocket ╳ Kim Mordaunt

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January 27, 2014

Art Blog - Kim Mordaunt - Empty Kingdom
While no stranger to his work in documentaries and short films, The Rocket marks director Kim Mordaunt’s first narrative feature. A boy and his family living in a small village of Laos must depart on a journey to find their new home.
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Mea Culpa ╳ Fred Cavayé

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January 15, 2014

Art Blog - Fred Cavayé - Empty Kingdom
Director Fred Cavayé energizes the screen with his sleek and slick French action thriller Mea Culpa. A father must protect his loved ones, as his son unfortunately falls witness to a murder. With musical scored by the awesome Cliff Martinez. Action packed trailer after the jump.
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The Great Beauty // La Grande Bellezza ╳ Paolo Sorrentino

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January 10, 2014

Art Blog - Paolo Sorrentino - Empty Kingdom
The Great Beauty // La Grande Bellezza follows the bedazzled life of an aging journalist, now discovering the ancient and hidden wonders of Rome. Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, and starring Toni Servillo.
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The Double ╳ Richard Ayoade

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January 4, 2014

Art Blog - RIchard Ayoade - Empty Kingdom
Richard Ayoade (previously featured on EK for his debut film SUBMARINE) delivers his sophomore feature The Double. A darkly comedic and psychological work about one young man’s discovery of his doppelgänger.
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The Punk Singer ╳ Sini Anderson

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January 2, 2014

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Director Sini Anderson’s documentary The Punk Singer dives into the present and momentum-building past life of Riot Grrrr-famed and Bikini Kill leader Kathleen Hanna. More info and media goodness after the jump.
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White Reindeer ╳ Zach Clark

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December 24, 2013

Art Blog - Zach Clark - Empty Kingdom
Not every Christmas holiday is pure and polished, as presented in Zach Clark’s feature length film White Reindeer. Joy can be found in the strangest of places.
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Nymphomaniac ╳ Lars von Trier

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December 20, 2013

Art Blog - Lars von Trier - Empty Kingdom
Whether you believe he’s a controversial superego or a controversial filmmaker (or probably both), you cannot deny the cinematic intrigue and prowess of Lars von Trier. His latest 8-chapter magnum opus (split into two volumes) is Nymphomaniac, which tells the tale of one woman’s sexual history over the course of half a lifetime. More after the jump!
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Metro Manila ╳ Sean Ellis

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December 16, 2013

Art Blog - Sean Ellis - Empty Kingdom
With hopes of an improving lifestyle, one family's choices catalyze a net of dangerous propositions in director Sean Ellis' Metro Manila. Each lucrative stake at the cost of human decency and morality. Check out more detailed info after the jump!
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Big Bad Wolves ╳ Navot Papushado & Aharon Keshales

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December 12, 2013

Art Blog - Navot Papushado, Aharon Keshales - Empty Kingdom
Israeli directing duo Navot Papushado and Aharon Keshales (previously featured on EK for their debut RABIES) continue their filmic success with their sophomore feature Big Bad Wolves. A darkly comedic focus on predator, prey, beast and human. Enjoy all the goodness after the jump!
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Ruin ╳ Michael Cody & Amiel Courtin-Wilson

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November 21, 2013

Art Blog - Michael Cody, Amiel Courtin-Wilson - Empty Kingdom
Cambodian feature Ruin presents an enigmatic love on the run set in Cambodia. A journey that subjects the responsibilities of adulthood upon a young couple en route to a better livelihood. Directed by Michael Cody and Amiel Courtin-Wilson (previously featured on EK for their film HAIL).
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The Square ╳ Jehane Noujaim

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November 18, 2013

Art Blog - Jehane Noujaim - Empty Kingdom
Documentary director Jehane Noujaim captures the inner-workings behind the revolution in Egypt with her film The Square. “The camera is our weapon.” Check it all out after the jump.
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Palo Alto ╳ Gia Coppola

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November 15, 2013

Art Blog - Gia Coppola - Empty Kingdom
A new Coppola filmmaker is born with her feature film debut Palo Alto. Gia Coppola focuses on the lives of a handful of teens as they surge through their adolescence by trying to avoid it as much as possible. Adapted from a series of short stories by James Franco of the same title.
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