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  • Documentary rides the storm at Yamagata 2019

    Typhoon Hagibis reminded the pilgrims at this intimate and unpretentious documentary festival of the problems of climate, land and migration battering the wider world – and the films seemed to soar with the challenge, writes Becca Voelcker.

    Becca Voelcker
    Tuesday 12 November 2019

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  • Candy, corny, culty: Arrow Video FrightFest Halloween All-Dayer 2019

    As many of this year’s films so neatly evoked the nostalgic pleasures of past genre trends, one distinctively feminist and thought-provoking body horror stood out all the more, writes Anton Bitel.

    Anton Bitel
    Tuesday 5 November 2019

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  • Four cosmic journeys at Toronto’s Wavelengths 2019

    From solar storm intrigue to lusty lionesses, othered mosquitos and feminist communards in Syria, these four highlights of the Toronto Film Festival’s experimental showcase took Ela Bittencourt to terrible and wonderful parallel worlds.

    Ela Bittencourt
    Wednesday 30 October 2019

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  • Robert De Niro looks back

    Thirty-nine years after Raging Bull closed the London Film Festival – and two days before his new Martin Scorsese collaboration The Irishman followed suit – Robert De Niro took the festival’s stage for a forthright and wide-ranging Screen Talk. “I like the fact you can shoot movies and they last forever,” he told host Ian Hayden Smith.

    Ian Mantgani
    Monday 14 October 2019

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  • Co-ordinating intimacy: making sex scenes safe

    At the 2019 BFI London Film Festival, two film directors and two intimacy coordinators shared notes on what they’ve learned filming up close and comfortably for actors and crew. Rebecca Harrison took notes.

    Rebecca Harrison
    Monday 14 October 2019

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  • 7 excursions from reality in the 2019 London Film Festival Cult strand

    From Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg as petri-dish suburban parents to Nicolas Cage in the latest mindbender from Richard Stanley, these seven films will reprogramme your view of the world, says Anton Bitel.

    Anton Bitel
    Thursday 10 October 2019

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  • Ten of the best new short films at Encounters Film Festival 2019

    From single-take thrillers to surreal comedies, delirious animation and the latest work from Yorgos Lanthimos, there’s plenty to relish this year at Bristol’s showcase of the short film form, says Laurence Boyce.

    Laurence Boyce
    Thursday 26 September 2019

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  • This year’s horror cinema, dissected: the FrightFest 2019 podcast

    Satanic oppression was the story of this year’s UK horror film showcase – along with female survivorship, identity differences and the dangers of the internet. Hardy survivors Kim Newman, Anton Bitel and Virginie Selavy explore our latest demons in this critics’ roundtable post-mortem.

    Anton Bitel, Kim Newman, Virginie Sélavy
    Wednesday 25 September 2019

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  • From the Magazine

    Introducing the 2019 BFI London Film Festival: the top titles to see

    Isabel Stevens talks to LFF director Tricia Tuttle about the festival’s premieres of some of the most exciting new films around – including new titles by directors from Céline Sciamma to Martin Scorsese – as well as surprises from debut filmmakers and some forgotten gems from the archives.

    Isabel Stevens
    Thursday 12 September 2019

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  • Locarno 2019 report: films forged in fire

    This year’s standout movie, Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela, seemed to set the tone for the rest of the festival, where low-budget but innovative and politically charged films found their place to shine, writes Kieron Corless.

    Kieron Corless
    Saturday 31 August 2019

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