Theo Anthony’s debut feature documentary RAT FILM looks at Baltimore through a discursive documentary lens akin to Harun Farocki and Chris Marker.
From Cannes, Jess Ellicott praises Noah Baumbach’s new ensemble piece as approaching the likes of Elaine May and Albert Brooks.
TONI ERDMANN cements Maren Ade as one of the great talents in cinema today – a beautifully subtle, raucously funny film of patience and precision.
Gianfranco Rosi’s powerful, Berlinale Competition-selected documentary FIRE AT SEA depicts the European migrant crisis with a patience, humanity and sensitivity beyond the scope of journalism
BLINKY BILL THE MOVIE sees Blinky lobotomised and transplanted into a second-rate Lion King ripoff with a side dish of Australiana.
Irreverent, intelligent and formally ingenious, LI WEN AT EAST LAKE is a playful, constantly surprising docufiction hybrid both liberated and enriched by Luo Li’s particular method of precisely controlled creative anarchy,
My Golden Days is a beautiful exploration of the impossibility of leaving behind one’s past, and the indelibility of first love.
Christian Petzold’s PHOENIX is a film not only of great emotional power and consummate beauty, but one that meaningfully engages and contributes to its nation’s film history.
From French actor-director Mathieu Amalric, THE BLUE ROOM is mostly successful in its coolly mysterious adaptation of a famous tale of sex, murder and intrigue.
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.