French Film Festival 2015: DIPLOMACY Is A Masterfully Convincing Chamber Drama

Diplomacy is based on a stage play, this becomes wholly obvious when viewing the film as realized by the static location and the two powerful figures that have dialogue, debate and a complex diplomatic, ethical and moral verbal Ping-Pong... More »
  

French Film Festival 2015: THE NEW GIRLFRIEND Is A Definitive Ozon Joint

The New Girlfriend continues director Francoise Ozon's investigations into womanhood and fragmented social mores. His prior work, the epic Young & Beautiful and to an extent In The House were attempts to depict sexuality in different socio-political spheres and generations,... More »
  

A Year In Czech Cinema

On the day before the Academy Awards were handed out Stateside, another feast of awards occurred in the Czech Republic. The Czech Lions, an annual event, welcomed domestic filmmakers and people from the film industry to celebrate their yearly work. The... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

French Film Festival 2015 Review: ELLE L'ADORE Keeps You Guessing, Until It Doesn't

Elle L'Adore is a curious first feature from former actress Jeanne Henry. It wastes no time getting into the grisly proceedings of an accidental homicide, but after the groundwork is laid out, the film practically crawls to a halt.Muriel (Sandrine... More »
  

Film Comment Selects 2015 Review: PHOENIX, A Masterful, Lean Film Noir

Christian Petzold (Ghosts, Barbara), perhaps one of the most gifted storytellers working in cinema today, strikes gold again with Phoenix, a Hitchcockian, postwar noir revenge flick. Clocking in at a very lean 98 minutes, the film revolves around a concentration camp survivor named... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Hey, Toronto! Win Tickets To Alex de la Iglesia's A FERPECT CRIME!

Hey, Toronto! Twitch is proud to present Dancing With The Devil - an extensive retrospective of Spanish maverick Alex de la Iglesia unspooling at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Things continue this week with a March 3rd screening of his A... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

THE CORPSE OF ANNA FRITZ Trailer Secures Its Position As Most Controversial Film Of SXSW

A beautiful young actress dies and a group of drunken young men can't resist the chance to see the corpse of a woman they've idolized in the morgue and ... yep. It goes there. Selected as part of the Midnighters... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

A Nightmarish Vision Of Impending Parenthood In Özkan Aksular's MUNAFIK Teaser

A simple concept very well executed is what you get in the teaser for Özkan Aksular's upcoming Turkish horror film Munafik (Hypocrites). While it's hard to get too specific with English language information on the film - the never reliable... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Biplanes Battle In Turkey's SON MEKTUP

Biplanes swoop and spin, cannons pound away on war ships, guns blaze, heroes weep, and things are just generally epic sized in the teaser for Özhan Eren's upcoming Turkish war picture Son Mektup. Set during the Battle of Gallipoli in... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

BRAQEURS: Production Underway On Julien Leclercq's Crime Thriller

Production began earlier this month in France on Julien Leclercq's latest film, Braqeurs. It is his fourth film since his debut Chrysalis caught our eye back in 2007. Since Chrysalis he also directed The Assault and The Informant. Leclercq reunited with... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Interview: MINE Co-Director Fabio Guaglione Talks Armie Hammer & Italian Genre Film

The Italian co-directing and writing team of Fabio Guaglione and Fabio Resinaro, whose short film Afterville won the Melies d'Argent at Sitges in 2008, are hard at work in post-production on their first feature directing job, Mine. (True Love, which... More »
  

Review: MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN, Awkward And Thoroughly Intriguing

Note to filmmakers: If you capture the legendary Alejandro Jodorowsky in conversation with another filmmaker and he turns to the camera to ask you a question, be sure to lead with that. Wisely, that's what first-time filmmaker Liv Corfixen does... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Review: THE SALVATION, A Hell Of A Lot Of Fun

It's no longer really much of a bold move to call Mads Mikkelsen one of the finest actors working in the world today. A consummate thespian, his performances are always intoxicating to watch, be they in silly pulp-populism when playing... More »
By Jason Gorber   
  

Dick Maas' Killer Lion Will PREY On Amsterdam

He's brought us a possessed elevator with The Lift. He unleashed Christmas horrors with Sint. And now veteran Dutch helmer Dick Maas is poised to release a hungry lion on the streets of Amsterdam with his next feature, Prey, now... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Verhoeven's ELLE Promises Parisian Perversion

Dutch helmer Paul Verhoeven is back in the saddle with Elle, just the fourth directorial effort from the prolific auteur since the turn of the millennium and his first ever in the French language. But while the language may be... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Four Friends, Twenty Two Kilos Of Coke. Check Out The Trailer For HOMIES.

Dutch helmer Jon Karthaus makes his feature debut with Homies, an action comedy that opened strong in the Netherlands late in January. Love Eternal star Robert de Hoog takes the lead as Timo, one of a group of friends swept... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Discover HOW TO AVOID EVERYTHING In Subtitled Trailer For Dutch Award Winner

The latest project from the team behind The Deflowering Of Eva Van End, Michiel ten Horn's How To Avoid Everything (Aanmodderfakker) has swept a handful of Dutch film awards including Golden Calves for Best Film, Best Script and Best Actor... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Berlinale 2015 Review: DYKE HARD's Zany Queer Musical Rock and Roll Extravaganza Worships The Best Of Trash

The Berlinale belongs in the triumvirate of most followed film festivals, eagerly pushing its fingers on the pulse of world cinema. As such, it brings a vast variety of oeuvres from all over the globe dubbed as arthouse films. Many... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: VIDEOPHILIA (AND OTHER VIRAL SYNDROMES) Lust and Loathing in Viral Lima

The emerging director Juan Daniel F. Molero premiered his second film Videophilia (And Other Viral Syndromes) in the shrine of progressive audiovisual endeavours: Rotterdam. This rising star -- and somewhat young renaissance man -- is currently fiercely multitasking as director,... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Alex da la Iglesia Kicking Off MY BIG NIGHT With Segura, Silva, Casas And More!

Rejoice, fans of Alex de la Iglesia, for the Spanish madman shows no signs of slowing down. The Accion Mutante director kicks off his latest production next week with a cast sure to keep fans old and new very happy.Single... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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