The female gaze: 13 women on and off-screen at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival

Suburban Birds (2018) Dir. Qiu Sheng Qiu Sheng’s debut is a treatise on capitalism, an astonishing poem about the loss of nature and eventually the loss of our trust to her. With a superb eye for close-ups, low-angle camera shots and astonishing photography, it’s a raw and at times hypnotic account of two worlds: that… Continue reading The female gaze: 13 women on and off-screen at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival

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Carla Simón on her influences and Summer 1993: “What I love about Cria Cuervos is that it really portrays the complex psychology of children”

Two decades following the passing of her mother, writer-director Carla Simón was en route to London to study at the London Film School where she was taught something very special about the way we’re telling stories. A year after her 30th birthday anniversary, Simón polishing off her debut feature, which won her the Berlin Best… Continue reading Carla Simón on her influences and Summer 1993: “What I love about Cria Cuervos is that it really portrays the complex psychology of children”

Another look: 68th Berlin International Film Festival

Argentinian director-screenwriter Alessia Chiesa’s debut feature, The Endless Day, enters the world of children’s play without grown-ups in sight. At first glance it’s life through play, reading stories and walking in the woods with Claa, Tino, Fan and Coco the dog. Careless and throwback days are followed by close-ups and superb cinematography until food supplies… Continue reading Another look: 68th Berlin International Film Festival

Unsane: a psychiatric care horror

Claire Foy confirms her talent as a major actress in Steven Soderbergh’s thriller Unsane. Her extraordinary role as victim Sawyer Valentini who is stalked by a psychokiller (Joshua Leonard) for two years, gradually grows stronger in a mental health system to which she's submitted unwillingly and turns out to be corrupt and full of lies.… Continue reading Unsane: a psychiatric care horror

The 11 best films of 2017… and their posters

My list of best films of 2017 opens with Maren Ade’s Oscar nominated comedy Toni Erdmann, a brilliant (and surreal) film that genuily illustrates our capitalist lives with perfectly balanced comedy. Featuring an amazing rendition of 'The Greatest Love of All' and perhaps the warmest fatherly love, Ade's film stole our hearts. Then Finnish director-screenwriter… Continue reading The 11 best films of 2017… and their posters

The 11 best exhibitions of 2017

In London an exhibition uncovered an entire lost history – and brilliance – of the sorrowful, shattering art of black power in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at the Tate Modern. Music and immediacy dominated EVERYTHING AT ONCE, the ambitious group exhibition presented by Lisson Gallery and The Vinyl Factory… Continue reading The 11 best exhibitions of 2017

Six outstanding films by women filmmakers at the 61st BFI London Film Festival to understand our world

Of the total 242 feature films and 128 shorts from 67 countries screened at the 61st BFI London Film Festival, a quarter of the directors are female. It’s a depressing proportion but as the festival director claimed at the press launch of the programme, it’s rising. Over 12 days in October, I saw outstanding works… Continue reading Six outstanding films by women filmmakers at the 61st BFI London Film Festival to understand our world

Be bold for change: 11 international women in film

Gallery | To mark International Women’s Day, we celebrate women in film from around the world in March every year. Here are 11 women to honour and admire in 2017.   Radical simply means grasping things at the root. – Angela Davies Close-up Chris Marker’s “Petite Planète” guides, each dedicated to a different country, which he initiated… Continue reading Be bold for change: 11 international women in film

The 11 best films of 2016 in pictures

Gallery | We reveal our picks of the best films of 2016 and a new year’s resolution.   From the shocking story of a young boy raised within the confines of four walls in Lenny Abrahamson’s survival drama Room to the rebellious spirit of five sisters from deep Anatolia in Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s powerful first feature… Continue reading The 11 best films of 2016 in pictures

60th BFI London Film Festival roundup

Groundbreaking debuts and genre-bending gems that coloured the reflective quality of this year’s festival.   No idea can be built without sacrifices. -Sieranevada (2016) It is time for our turn to introduce you to the films we admired and loved from the 60th BFI London Film Festival. With 245 films, it’s impossible to include every single best… Continue reading 60th BFI London Film Festival roundup