Writer-director Nora Fingscheidt’s feature length fiction debut, and Germany’s entry for best foreign picture at this year’s Oscars, is an intense, bruising realist drama.
For his first picture outside of Japan, Koreeda, moves away from his trademark engagingly wistful depictions of outsiders, for this rather ill-fitting tale of an ageing French...
End of the Century
Shades of ‘Before Sunrise’ and Andrew Haigh’s ‘Weekend’ in this touching and lyrical romantic drama, the debut picture from Argentinian menswear designer turned director Lucio...
This chilly and unsettling sci-fi allegory has been given an added prescience due to recent events. Teacher Gemma (Poots) and gardener Tom (Eisenberg), are a young couple look...
Film of the Month: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
Director and screenwriter Céline Sciamma has had a remarkable track record since her 2007 debut ‘Water Lilies’. This sweeping period romance is her finest and richest work to ...
Calm with Horses
Adapted from the novella by Colin Barrett, this very impressive debut from director Rowland is a gripping and bruising drama. Set in a scuzzy rural West Ireland it tracks the ...
And Then We Danced
Swedish-Georgian director Akin’s picture, which charts the romance between two traditional Georgian dancers, hits all the rote narrative beats, but is elevated by the novel se...
The Painted Bird
Czech director Marhoul’s first film in twelve years (his third film in all) is a harrowing and relentlessly grim three-hour long adaptation of Jerzy Kosiński’s controversial 1...
This genre-juggling Brazilian curio begins with a young woman Teresa (Colen) returning home for the funeral of her grandmother, the matriarch of the titular town which seems t...
Director Todd Haynes tones down the sumptuous visuals for this stirring profile of the tenacious attorney Robert Bilott who pursued chemical company DuPont for malpractice ove...
Not quite the masterpiece mooted, but South Korean writer-director Bong Joon-ho’s latest genre juggler is a nimble and cheeky melange of social commentary, dark satire and hor...
Writer-director Robert Eggers’ follow-up to the chilling ‘The Witch’ is an almost unquantifiably strange combination of psychodrama, bleak comedy, period bromance and hallucin...
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Director Heller’s follow-up to the excellent ‘Can You Ever Forgive Me?’ dramatizes and embellishes a real-life meeting between US children’s TV star Fred Rogers and a cynical,...