It’s been something of a strange pre-release for Asghar Farhadi’s latest The Salesman. Even before many get the chance to see the film, it has been the subject of much talk due to events in the US in recent months, but in a strange way this all works...
It’s been something of a strange pre-release for Asghar Farhadi’s latest The Salesman. Even before many get the chance to see the film, it has been the subject of much talk due to events in the US in recent months, but in a strange way this all works in its favour. Farhadi’s latest has been building in momentum and anticipation throughout the period, and indeed its recent win for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards in February only... Read more
The shared subject of two very different films in quick succession, director Antonio Campos’ dramatisation of Floridian television news reporter Christine Chubbuck, who in 1974 committed suicide live on-air, is a heartbreaking and startling work indeed. Unlike the particularly peculiar docu-drama Kate Plays Christine, this recollection of Chubbuck’s final months beautifully and unflinchingly taps into the insidious cycle of depression... Read more
The viral nature of guilt is immaculately explored in Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s latest. The Unknown Girl renders a taut and profound urban noir coloured by questions of morality and responsibly, which plays out tighter than piano wire. Across a truly illustrious career, the Dardenne Brothers have taken audiences on a odyssey of the mundane; capturing intimate slices of modern life and the social issues surrounding them. In their dexterous... Read more
Glacial and distant in both aesthetic and thematic design, Polish auteur Tomasz Wasilewski expertly channels the ambient undercurrents of European character cinema with United States of Love. This frosty and strikingly unconventional work proves the young filmmaker as not only one of the most exciting newfound talents, but a remarkably knowledgable scholar. Textures of Michael Haneke and Ulrich Seidl thrive in the sparse emptiness of his frame, and... Read more