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50 Ratings

Iec Long

Portugal, Macao, 2014
Documentary, Short


Making firecrackers used to be one of three main crafts in Macau, the others being making joss sticks and making matches. The craft of making firecrackers arrived in the city late in the 18th century.

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In half an hour it manages to be sensational, hilarious, haunting, earnest, and surreal. Any longer and it might have been too blunt, too academic, too legible. Instead there’s only time for fire, smoke, and mystery.
December 18, 2015
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While lec Long may on the surface be a straightforward documentary, it’s hard not to notice the [directing] duo’s quintessential flourishes: an incongruent blue wig amid the ruins hinting at mystery, or the way our attention is drawn to the framing… As a portrait, lec Long is impressionistic and multilayered. It’s both personal and epic in scope, and, most of all, deeply affecting.
April 10, 2015
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Matt Porterfield’s Take What You Can Carry, for example, may ultimately stand as a transitional work between features, but in its carefully disclosed detailing of a young woman’s existential reckoning in Berlin and Antonioni-esque interest in the psychological/environmental divide which claims her ambition, it may in fact portend something more ambitious.
April 10, 2015
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