Upon closer inspection, Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert reveals itself as a camp romantic epic deserving of a closer look.
The 65th Berlin International Film Festival launches on February 5. Our Sub-Editor Jessica Ellicott will be there for the duration of the festival and here brings you her top picks from an immense lineup of over 400 films.
This week on Less Than (Five) Zero we look at a forgotten gem of German cinema, Peter Lorre’s companion piece to Lang’s M, DER VERLORENE.
Disney’s BIG HERO 6 delights in the creation of utopian hybrid metropolis San Fransokyo and huggable robot Baymax, but its promise of originality fails to be met by its descent into an overly formulaic superhero narrative.
There is much to appreciate in the tragic and absurd GETT, THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM. It stands up as a visually and emotionally resonant, masterfully constructed courtroom drama of rare and unique quality, anchored by Ronit Elkabetz’s magnificent performance as Viviane.
MR. TURNER can be counted among the finest of Leigh’s films, an original and compelling vision of a “funny-looking fat little bloke who happened to be a genius.”
The inaugural Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival has just released its program of 80 films, including World and Australian premieres
Claudine Bories and Patrice Chagnard’s observational documentary Rules of the Game focuses on a small group of disenfranchised youths as they attend an employment consultancy firm in northern France
This week we look at Harun Farocki’s How to Live in the German Federal Republic (1990) a darkly comic, fiercely intelligent yet criminally underseen essay film shot in West Berlin just before the fall of the wall.
Pierfrancesco Diliberto’s The Mafia Kills Only in Summer is a political satire which ultimately drops the ball in its tonal juggling act of comedy and drama, ending up being neither particularly funny nor dramatic.