For the second time this year, ‘legendary’ opera singer and socialite Florence Foster Jenkins’ life is the subject of a major feature film. French movie Marguerite was not a straight biopic, more a loosely inspired standalone film – though a rather good one. So I was especially curious to see how its British counterpart, starring… Continue reading Florence Foster Jenkins.
Mads Mikkelsen stars in this deliriously effective comedy from Danish director Anders Thomas Jensen, whose short film Election Night once won an Oscar (for Best Short in 1999). From the start, Men & Chicken has a very distinct character, both in the style in which it’s shot and the actual characters you meet along the… Continue reading Men & Chicken.
Embrace of the Serpent was one of the nominees for this year’s foreign language Oscar and, as with opening night film Mustang, it’s easy to see why. An epic trek through the Amazonian forests of Colombia, it follows the exploits of two Western ethnographers, German Theodor Koch-Grunberg and American Richard Evans Schultes, over two separate… Continue reading Embrace of the Serpent.
I’ve seen Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s Evolution twice now, first at a preview screening in London last October and then at this festival. My conclusion on both occasions was simple: this is definitely one of the most eerily atmospheric movie experiences you’ll have this year. Of course, that I was so eager to forego a slot for… Continue reading Evolution.
Of all the screenings I attended over this period, Mr Six reminded me most why I’ve come to value film festivals so highly. I saw this 136 minute-long Chinese film at 9pm on a gloriously big screen at a movie theatre in which usually only the big mainstream English language releases are shown. That may… Continue reading Mr Six.
Imagine a world in which men had been pushed to the point where they willingly put all of their money on the line in a fight to the death; the winner walking away with everything in the other’s possession. Before starting the fight, you find a quiet area, making sure you’re not followed, and dig… Continue reading Traders.
The words Palestine, women and racing car drivers don’t often appear together in the same sentence, and if they do one would imagine them appearing alongside the line “would never happen”. But in 2009 the ‘speed sisters’ were formed; a team of five Islamic women whose passion is driving fast cars in competition with men and… Continue reading Speed Sisters.