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Jun
Shooting Stars (1928) | Bluray release *****

Dir: Anthony Asquith | UK | Drama | 101′ British Instructional Films is a production credit that makes Shooting Stars sound as if it’s going to be a dull affair, suggesting a utilitarian entertainment for the masses. In fact it’s quite the opposite: Shooting Stars has a strong popular appeal but is never complacent. Throughout […]

18
Jun
Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2018 | Preview

New films from RADU JUDE, ANA KATZ and SÉBASTIEN PILOTE headline the main competition at the 53rd edition of the Czech Republic’s premier festival that unspools in the spa town of Karlovy Vary from 29 June until 7 July 2018. The ten world and two international premieres in this year’s official competition include Jude’s follow-up […]

18
Jun
Karlovy Vary Retrospective 2018 | Poetic Documentaries from the Baltic

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the independence of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, this year’s Karlovy Vary festival has put together an extensive retrospective of poetic documentary films from the Baltic region. This collection of important works of the “Baltic New Wave” dating back to the early 1960s features the world premiere of Bridges […]

17
Jun
Arcadia (2017)

Dir.: Paul Wright; Documentary; UK 2017, 78 min. This unique documentary, a new archival/music mash-up, mostly black and white, is a paean to loss: in this case the loss of our British countryside and its implications for the identity of this green and pleasant land. It is Paul Wright’s follow-up to his haunting mood piece For […]

17
Jun
Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat (2017) ****

Dir: Sara Driver | Doc | US | 78′ Sara Driver’s first documentary work Boom for Real is a lively loose-limbed look at the high octane force of nature that was Jean-Michel Basquiat – arguably one of America’s most mercurial but influential artists of late 20th century. Under a pseudonym SAMO (which was originally the duo of Basquiat […]

17
Jun
In the Fade (2017) ***

Dir: Fatih Akin | Cast: Diane Kruger| Drama | German | 104min IN THE FADE is a hard film to watch after the events of Manchester, Westminster amongst many others. In it Diane Kruger plays a plain-talking hard-edged mother trying to cope with the death of her Kurdish husband and small son, murdered by a […]

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