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Carion ‘Swallow’ returns

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Alain Goldman’s Legende Enterprises and Christophe Rossignon’s Nord-Ouest Production have joined forces to co-produce an English-language remake last year’s French sleeper, Christian Carion’s “Une hirondelle a fait le printemps” (“A Swallow Made the Summer”).

Review: ‘Kabala’

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Many African filmmakers feelcompelled to take a stand for or against local traditions and rituals, especially when they come into conflict with modern social, medical and technical advances. “Kabala” chooses the emotionally uncompelling solution of having it both ways, showing the effectiveness of both magic spells and dynamite.

Review: ‘Blue Gate Crossing’

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High on charm but low on content, “Blue Gate Crossing” is a half-hour short stretched to feature length. A vignette of high school love and sexual confusion, pic scrapes by on the performances of its leads and good-looking production values, but doesn’t have the substance to make much of an impression beyond the festival circuit.

Review: ‘El Bonaerense’

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Imagine “Training Day” without the bloodshed and with the action transposed from L.A. to B.A. (Buenos Aires); that’s the starting point for “El Bonaerense,” the sophomore effort from talented Argentine director Pablo Trapero. Further fest exposure, plus quality TV skedding, are in the cards.