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

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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

The best exhibitions of 2016

Gallery | From London to Copenhagen, Hanover and the town of Lyssarea in Arcadia, here’s a roundup of the year’s best exhibitions and best young festivals.   We’ve brought together two new documentary festivals that merged new forms of documentary and art – one that launched for the very first time this year and the other… Continue reading The best exhibitions of 2016

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

The realist cinema of Ken Loach

Film critic-curator Georgia Korossi celebrates two-time Palme d’Or winner Ken Loach’s 80th birthday with some entry points to his filmmaking output. In a recent Q&A at Curzon Soho following the screening of Louise Osmond’s documentary about his life and films, director Ken Loach explained his filmmaking as: “We try to say in the simplest way… Continue reading The realist cinema of Ken Loach

Patricio Guzmán on The Pearl Button

Have the strongest people always dominated everywhere? We look into Patricio Guzmán’s new film The Pearl Button, ahead of its UK release this week.   “I’d love for these water people not to have disappeared.” Patricio Guzmán, The Pearl Button Chilean documentary filmmaker Patricio Guzmán was held in solitary confinement in Santiago’s National Stadium and… Continue reading Patricio Guzmán on The Pearl Button

The best of LSFF 2016

Starting the new year with new visions, the 13th London Short Film Festival rounded up last Sunday with the announcement of its award winners.   “Life is great. Without it you’d be dead” Carrying on from last year’s ethos –“we’re not here to entertain you, we’re here to make you feel uncomfortable” – and growing from the Halloween… Continue reading The best of LSFF 2016

The 11 best films of 2015 in pictures

Gallery | We say goodbye to 2015 with the unforgettable stories we saw this year on the big screen. 11Polaroids desk The story of Martin Luther King’s struggle to get African-American people the right to vote, the half-human-half-selkie girl of Celtic legend who must find her voice, photographer Juliano Ribeiro Salgado’s eye of our world… Continue reading The 11 best films of 2015 in pictures