Zhangke is a director who deserves to be closely examined and in Salles’ film, we’re given the perfect opportunity to do so.
A powerful debut feature from director Gabriel Ripstein, 600 MILES aptly avoids stereotypes and gimmicks of other south-of-the-border thrillers.
The stories are succinct, but they’re incredibly hard hitting – and they should be. The emotions they provide, the pictures they paint and the impact they draw lingers on; overlapping with each evocation in a collage of pain, desire and silence.
FISH TAIL is a sensitive and intelligent piece of personal documentary filmmaking from Joaquim Pinto (WHAT NOW? REMIND ME) and Nuno Leonel, focussing on the disappearing working methods of fishermen in the Azores as well as the relationship between filmmaker and subject.
K, an Inner Mongolian adaptation of Kafka’s The Castle is an effective study in tone and adaptation of the legendary writer’s work.
FASSBINDER – TO LOVE WITHOUT DEMANDS offers a compelling personal reflection on writer-director Christian Braad Thomsen’s friendship with the legendary enfant terrible of New German Cinema, Rainer Werner Fassbinder.
Ali Ahmadzadeh’s second feature clumsily jumps between an amusing survey of the cultural underpinnings of Iranian youth and a contrived and thematically heavy take on an alternate world.
From the Berlinale, B-MOVIE: LUST AND SOUND IN WEST BERLIN 1979-1989 is an engaging documentary of a musical subculture that plays as a collision of the individual and the socio-political.
Clever enough to be engaging and composed visually with a subtle touch, Confetti Harvest’s overreliance on narrative cliché cannot derail what is an intelligent study of faith and expression.
Dominik Graf’s THEN IS IT THE END? THE FILM CRITIC MICHAEL ALTHEN is a love letter to the love of cinema, which acts as both an illuminating documentary and moving obituary of the recently deceased German film critic Michael Althen.