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The Berlin film festival’s new Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian and Forum programmer Cristina Nord tell Neil Young what guides and inspires their festival-programming instincts, and what they hope to bring to one of the world’s biggest film festivals.
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
The Brazilian director’s spiky featurette, a long night’s allegory of marginalisation and cruelty in his home country, confirms him as one of the sharpest political filmmakers in Latin America, writes Neil Young.
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
A retrospective at San Sebastian reveals Britain’s most prolific female director to be one of its best, especially when it comes to the ambitious satire of The Passionate Stranger or the magical realism of Happy Family, writes Neil Young.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
The Blue Is the Warmest Colour director’s sixth feature, an evocation of early 90s young summer sensualism, is his most exuberant and indulgent yet, skinny on narrative but hungry for hedonist experience, writes Neil Young.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Andrea Pallaoro’s ‘existential giallo’ is an exquisite exercise in slow cinema, following a woman forced to live with terrible doubts, writes Neil Young.
Saturday, September 23, 2017
S. Craig Zahler follows Bone Tomahawk with a slice of prison guignol as Vince Vaughn, Don Johnson and Udo Kier paint the jailhouse black and blue, writes Neil Young.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
The director’s latest magisterial study of a public institution is a tribute to the power of education and the importance of community, characteristically ambitious yet surprisingly brisk, writes Neil Young.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Mexico may not be the easiest country in which to be a woman, and its cinema’s pecking order is as macho as most. But at this year’s Ambulante documentary festival, six female-directed finds show the country’s subordinate sex finding its voice, reports Neil Young.
Friday, June 10, 2016
A lost gem of collective melancholy, Solakhan’s 1985 snapshot of Istanbul under the shadow military oppression made its belated local premiere last month – in a city still not used to seeing its own past reflection, says Neil Young.
Friday, April 1, 2016
Forty-five years since Mike Hodges’ adaptation of Ted Lewis’s pulp crime novel Jack’s Return Home minted the look and smell of 1970s north-eastern Britain on screen, its protagonist Jack Carter lives on – with a new Newcastle stage production of the story bringing him home from Hollywood. Neil Young considers the indelible traces of a favourite local antihero.
Friday, March 4, 2016
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