Aliens Hover Over The Ethiopian Skyline In The First Trailer For CRUMBS

A selection of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Miguel Llanso's Crumbs is - to put it mildly - a weird one. The Spanish born, Ethiopian based director has concocted here a post apocalyptic science fiction tale involving a slowly crumbling... More »
By Todd Brown   

Sundance 2015 Review: THINGS OF THE AIMLESS WANDERER, A World-Class Stunner

To be absolutely mesmerized by a film, I mean totally transfixed, is a rare happening in cinema, but should be the norm, right? Rwandan director Kivu Ruhorahoza's Things Of The Aimless Wanderer is just such a film. Spectacular and ambitious... More »
By Ben Umstead   

Review: TIMBUKTU, Dreamy, Harrowing, And Rewarding

It's to the credit of Malian (by-way-of Mauritania) director Abderrahmane Sissako that he manages at times to make even the most horrifying of human behaviour still, in some ways, darkly funny. Timbuktu is a story as desiccated as the landscape... More »
By Jason Gorber   

'I Am TIMBUKTU': Abderramane Sissako Interview

A lot has happened since I talked with Abderramane Sissako last October at the New York Film Festival. Islamic terrorists' attack on the headquarter of French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store in Paris this January shook... More »
By Dustin Chang   

Crowdfund This: Bring THE BOERS AT THE END OF THE WORLD Back To South Africa

The Boers At The End Of The World continues to be a fascinating documentary project high on my list of South African must-see films in 2015. I previously reviewed a short version of the film, which premiered at last year's... More »
By Stuart Muller   

CHAPPIE: New UK Trailer And Other Tidbits Offer A Deeper Look

As director Neill Blomkamp is wont to do, details about Chappie have been scarce up until now. However, with the film fast approaching we are starting to see a flurry of trailers and articles with fresh insights.In addition to the... More »
By Stuart Muller   

New Trailer: "If You Want To Survive CHAPPIE, You Must Fight!"

The new Chappie trailer up!More robots. More explosions. Less Die Antwoord. A lot more Jackman (sporting his full Aussie accent), Patel, and Weaver.  And a whole lotta Sharlto Copley's Chappie bringing the fight!This one drops March 6th, and as is... More »
By Stuart Muller   

Review: Swiss Epic NORTHMEN - A VIKING SAGA Looks Like Hollywood Fare

Assessing the merits of Claudio Fäh's Viking odyssey is a tricky task because of what it represents in the panorama of Swiss genre films. With an international cast, and production set in South Africa, Northmen - A Viking Saga is... More »

The Best Of 2014: South Africa

The South African cinema scene continues to grow from strength to strength. Exciting new directing and acting talent seems to appear each year, and a burgeoning generation of riveting young film-makers is now established and gaining global momentum. This year... More »
By Stuart Muller   

Review: FAR FROM MEN, A Great Viggo Mortensen Western

(How can you be Far From Men when Viggo is around?) As a preview for the upcoming International Film Festival Rotterdam next month, loyal visitors were allowed to see one of the films already: David Oelhoffen's Algeria-based western Far From... More »
By Ard Vijn   

Watch The Crazy Trailer For Award-winning South African Short HYENA BOYS

South African documentary film-maker Tarryn Crossman appears to be fearless. Her first feature documentary, Fatherland, embedded her in a commando-style bush camp for boys with a group of brainwashing Afrikaner extremists. Hyena Boys was a three-year side project to track down... More »
By Stuart Muller   

Review: DEATH METAL ANGOLA Rocks Our World

Angola is the very definition of a war-torn African nation. The country endured almost constant war for the forty years prior to 2002. A lasting peace accord was finally reached, but four decades of violence have decimated Angola's cultural legacy,... More »
By Stuart Muller   

OJUJU: Watch The Trailer For The Nigerian Zombie Film

Despite being made with virtually no budget and minimal resources in extremely trying conditions, writer-director CJ Obasi's Ojuju emerged from the recent African International Film Festival in Calabar with the Best Nigerian Film prize ahead of many much higher budgeted... More »
By Todd Brown   

AFRIFF 2014 Review: OJUJU Is A Promising Effort From An Obvious Talent

Winner of the Best Nigerian Film at the just completed Africa International Film Festival in Calabar - a prize it won over vastly higher budgeted major players from within the established Nigerian industry - CJ 'Fiery' Obasi's Ojuju is an... More »
By Todd Brown   

Things Get Heavy In The Trailer For DEATH METAL ANGOLA

Christopher Bourne first brought Death Metal Angola to our attention in his coverage of DOC NYC 2013. Following its successful festival run, the film is currently in consideration for a Best Documentary Oscar nomination, and will be unleashed in the... More »
By Stuart Muller   

AFRIFF 2014 Review: COZ OV MONI 2 Is A Ridiculously Good Time

Several days on from screening Ghanaian musical duo FOKN Bois' Coz Ov Moni 2: Fokn Revenge - a film they bill as "the world's second first pidgen musical" - I am left with one certainty and one question. The certainty?... More »
By Todd Brown   

South Africa's LEADING LADY Will Perform For US Audiences

South African culture-clash romantic comedy Leading Lady enjoyed a successful reception at the Seattle International Film Festival recently, and has now secured a cinematic distribution deal for the US. Check out the trailer embedded below.Leading Lady leading lady, Katie McGrath,... More »
By Stuart Muller   

Cairo 2014 Review: THE CHALLAT OF TUNIS, Brilliant And Disturbing Satire

The words 'satire' and 'mockumentary', when referring to films, might automatically be thought to reference humour. But there is no humour, except very dark, in director Kaouther Ben Hania's brilliant The Challat of Tunis. It is a searing portrait of... More »

I Am Consciousness. I Am Alive. I Am CHAPPIE. We Have Our First Trailer!

Hot on the heels of yesterday's Chappie poster comes our first trailer.It looks like we have another heady science fiction treatment by Neill Blomkamp, with little of the rumoured humour in the film showing face in this trailer. Plenty of heart... More »
By Stuart Muller   

Vancouver 2014 Review: MAN ON HIGH HEELS, Crime Genre As Transgender Study

Man On High Heels, a Korean gangster-cop flick of another color, navigates gender politics as shakily as its strangely-worded (or translated) title would suggest. Cha Seung-won stars as Ji-wook, the eponymous man: a specimen of ideal masculinity who spends his... More »
By Teresa Nieman   
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