THE BUNKER: Poster Debut And First Clip For Nikias Chryssos' Berlin Selected Dark Satire

Young German director Nikias Chryssos first appeared in these pages way back in 2009 with his acclaimed short film Tower Block and he now returns with his debut feature film - the dark satire The Bunker. A young student is... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: GIRLHOOD, Social Realism With An Edge

Girlhood (Bande des Filles) quite literally kicks off to a running start. In the first second in the very first shot, a rush of decked-out football players come hurtling head-on directly at the camera. Backed by thumping, synth-heavy electropop, we... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

Rotterdam 2015: REALITY, Not Just Another Headscratcher By Dupieux

French DJ-cum-filmmaker Quentin Dupieux, aka Mr.Oizo, invaded the cinema landscape rather abruptly through his Dadaistic effort Rubber, following a killing tire in a twisted slasher formula. The comic element aside, Dupieux knew what he was up to since the first minute,... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE, A Masterpiece

Only a few living directors have achieved status in world cinema as Roy Andersson did. Calling him a cult director seems like a huge understatement, even though we are talking about a rather narrow body of work consisting of three features... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Slamdance 2015 Review: CONCRETE LOVE, An Intimate, Immaculate Look At A Family Of Architects

We all wish to be immortalized in some way. To be remembered for something extraordinary or meaningful. Most of us will be remembered by the way we loved, who we loved and how we loved. It is what we do... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

NIGHT OF THE RAT: Watch This Exclusive Clip From The Spanish Thriller

The Spanish thriller Night of the Rat (La Noche Del Ratón) will have its World Premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 30th. Night of the Rat is the feature debut of David R. Lasoda. TwitchFilm has an... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Be Who You Want To Be, But Only For 12 Hours A Day In Scifi Short REALITY+

Imagine you could see yourself however you wanted - all of your imperfections, everything about your physical appearance that you dislike instantly removed and replaced by the idealized version of yourself. And imagine that you could project that perfect you... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Turkish Horror Goes For The Big Jumps In HELAK: KAYIP KOY Trailer

Subtle? I don't think anybody will be saying that about writer-director Özgür Bakar's upcoming Turkish horror film Helak: Kayip Koy. From pictures flying off walls to rivers full of floating corpses to assorted spirits getting up close and personal there... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Watch The International Trailer For RUBBER Director's REALITE!

Whether you love him or hate him there's no arguing the fact that there's simply nobody else quite like Rubber and Wrong director Quentin Dupieux these days. The musician turned director has been baffling and / or delighting audiences around... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: GERMAN ANGST Is Not For The Squeamish

(An Anthology with a capital A for Abuse, Antisocials and Addiction...) This year, the International Film Festival Rotterdam has dedicated a section of its programme to surrealism, and questioning reality in cinema. The horror anthology German Angst is part of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

'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   
  

Hey, Toronto! Win Tickets To Alex de la Iglesia's DAY OF THE BEAST!

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 kick off this week with a January 30th screening of his... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: SWISS FILM MUSIC ANTHOLOGY Has Arrived And It's Glorious

A few days ago at Les Journées de Soleure (a festival dedicated to Swiss cinema), SUISA Foundation unveiled an important anthology that fills a huge gap in the panorama of Swiss artistic achievements. Collaborating with the Swiss Film Archive and... More »
  

Ruben Östlund Interview: In Case Of No Emergency

Recently, L.A.'s Cinefamily held a public broadcasting of the Golden Globes featuring Doug Benson and other piss-takers, wisecracking throughout the event a la Mystery Science Theater. The afternoon was full of laughs and genuine collective enthusiasm for the films... More »
By Zach Gayne   
  

Sundance 2015 Review: LAST DAYS IN THE DESERT And The Closeness Of The Great Divide

Director Rodrigo García's minimalist Christ-centered parable on fathers and sons pivots the holy man as everyman and observer. It's an approach that feels of merit: one that ultimately doesn't see earth-bound humanity and a more intangible sense of spirituality as... More »
By Ben Umstead   
  

Nazi Zombies Come Flying SKY SHARKS!

How do you top Nazi zombies? By having them ride undead flying sharks, of course. Yes, this actually exists. It's called Sky Sharks, it stars heavily tattooed cult fave Robert La Sardo, it's in post production right now and we've... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Review: THE DUKE OF BURGUNDY, Universal Truths About Mating Rituals

Starting off with what is undoubtedly the opening credit sequence of the year, Peter Strickland's The Duke of Burgundy never ceases to surprise and delight over its 100 minutes, offering a dry but meticulous humour and rhythm. Those credits, offering... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

San Cristóbal De Las Casas 2015 Dispatch: Costa-Gavras On Charlie Hebdo, Mexico's Missing Students, And More

The San Cristóbal De Las Casas International Film Festival honored master filmmaker Costa-Gavras, who was in town for a couple of days. Gavras received the festival's highest honor, the Ámbar award, and the Cineteca Nacional medal. He also offered a one-hour... More »
  

Sitges 2015: Call For Submissions For Phonetastic Film Festival

There was a brief time where you were at a screening or your kid's current holiday recital and someone whipped out their iPad and started taking pictures. You thought, 'My. How silly is that dude?' It may not be as... More »
By Andrew Mack   
  

Films That Haunt: HORSEHEAD, A Potent Mix Of Dreams And Reality

Do movies haunt your consciousness? I'm not thinking so much about straight horror flicks, per se, but movies that enter your mind and continue to percolate long after you've seen them. In particular, I've been thinking about Horsehead (aka Fievre)... More »
By Peter Martin   
  
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