Small Town: childhood memories of lost innocence in this Golden Bear-winning short
On the evidence of this hazy, surreal gem, Diogo Costa Amarante is a director to watch, writes Laurence Boyce.
Thursday 16 March 2017
1945 review: a bitter homecoming in Hungary
When two Orthodox Jews return to the town that betrayed them under Nazi-occupation, the stage is set for conflict in Ferenc Török’s European western, writes Christina Newland.
Wednesday 22 February 2017
Ana, mon amour review: scenes from an agonised relationship
This time-shifting dissection of a romantic coupling beset by a mental disorder, from the director of the Golden Bear-winning Child’s Pose, echoes Ingmar Bergman’s probing psychological studies, says Geoff Andrew.
Monday 20 February 2017
Untitled review: Michael Glawogger’s posthumous cine-soul odyssey
The late Austrian documentarist may have prematurely come to rest in 2014, but his spirit and drive live on in this deliberately themeless compendium of his roving observations of human labour and culture across more than a dozen countries, says Jordan Cronk.
Friday 17 February 2017
Vazante review: an “anthropological map” of Brazil’s cruel roots
Daniela Thomas’s solo debut renders the tragic brutality of colonial-era Brazil’s chattel slavery in an elliptical epic, shot in potent black and white, writes Christina Newland.
Thursday 16 February 2017
The Other Side of Hope review: Aki Kaurismäki salutes the down and dogged
Nick James reports on the latest from Finland’s deadpan morose-romantic master, a Chaplinesque fable of two disparate strivers commingling in Helsinki.
Wednesday 15 February 2017
El mar la mar review: a shape-shifting portrait of the US desert border, cloaked in dread
J.P. Sniadecki and Joshua Bonnetta’s unsettling portrait of the American southwest and people caught in purgatory is one of the strongest films yet from Harvard’s celebrated Sensory Ethnography Laboratory, says Jordan Cronk.
Tuesday 14 February 2017
The Party review: Sally Potter’s fast and furious farce
The versatile writer-director’s latest is a dark satire exposing the foibles of the British middle classes, and political systems, with barbed dialogue and delicious irony, writes Geoff Andrew.
Tuesday 14 February 2017
God’s Own Country review: a British Brokeback – but better?
Making rich use of its hostile elements, Francis Lee’s Yorkshire Dales-set drama of sexual repression and isolation is an impressively accomplished debut for the actor-turned-director, says Paul O’Callaghan.
Monday 13 February 2017
Django review: a cauldron of hot jazz and cataclysmic history
Étienne Comar’s portrait of gypsy jazz genius Django Reinhardt’s experience of the Romani Holocaust transcends its run-of-the-mill stylings by sheer dint of cultural revelation, says Christina Newland.
Saturday 11 February 2017
Casting JonBenet review: an uncanny quest
Kitty Green’s documentary about a notorious American murder case uses a sequence of auditions to probe our reactions to the mystery, writes Sophie Brown.
Wednesday 8 February 2017
Strong Island review: a haunting memento of institutional racism and personal grief
Yance Ford’s documentary feature is an intimate investigation into the death of his brother, and the legal injustice that followed, as both a family tragedy and an index of wider American malaise. By Sophie Brown.
Tuesday 31 January 2017