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Berlinale 2019: A Review

Berlinale’s Festival Director Dieter Kosslick offers a selection that has proved robust and stimulating, even if Lone Scherfig’s The Kindness of Strangers appeared to irritate large portions of critics.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five new films ranging from big-scale fantasy to social realism, true-life biopic to literary adaptation, big themes are the order of the day: war, family, violence and power.

A Stand-up Feature

Sometime a film comes out of leftfield, unexpectedly accosting you. James Gardner’s Jellyfish is one such movie. Authentic, credible but tough to watch, it features Liv Hill, a rising star.

Tales from Conflict Zones

Directed by Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land and City of Ghosts), A Private War is based on the life of Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin, played here by Rosamund Pike.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five new films about to hit UK cinemas. Hailing from England and America, the hard-hitting themes vary from grief and illness to racism and sexuality.

Berlinale: A Preview

Lacking the A-List appeal of Cannes and the awards glitz of Venice and Toronto, the Berlin Film Festival has gone in a different direction. This year, the competition is more esoteric.

10 to see: Berlinale Shorts

With this year’s Berlin Film Festival opening today, we pick out 10 of the most exciting shorts that are screening in the German capital, hailing from Portugal, Singapore, Hungary and beyond.

Harlem Nights

Barry Jenkins is back. The writer-director of the Oscar-winning Moonlight follows that triumph with this elegant adaptation of James Baldwin’s 1974 novel, If Beale Street…

Defiant Realism

Truth and fiction intertwine in Nadine Labaki’s Oscar-nominated Capernaum, an honest, reflective and powerful piece of cinema about a young boy’s life on the streets of Beirut.

Hidden Talents

James Gardner’s directorial feature debut Jellyfish centres on 15-year-old carer Sarah Taylor (Liv Hill), who with an unstable mother is forced to look after her two younger siblings.

5 to See: Drama at Sundance

Now that Sundance 2019 has ended for another year, we take a closer look at a selection of films that competed in the World and US dramatic competitions.

5 to See: Docs at Sundance

ASFF reviews some of the best feature-length and short documentaries shown in Park City, UT, this year. Including: Life in Miniature, Pahokee, All Inclusive, Walden and The Magic Life of V.

January Streaming Previews

This month, ASFF covers the latest in streaming previews from Amazon and Netflix, including Gerard Way’s alternative universe and Sundance premiere art satire.

Intertwining Tales

Olga Chajdas’s Nina is a story that sees the fates of two women, whose lifestyles couldn’t be more different intertwine. An unexpected connection forms between the two women.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five new feature films – four from America and one from South Korea – that are being released this weekend in cinemas. From animated adventures to real-life stories.

Literary Deception

A delicious and devilish real-life story, Can You Ever Forgive Me?feels like the sort of American indie movie from a bygone era. It’s a biopic of a biographer, a literary forger, Lee Israel.

Sundance 2019: 10 to See

With this year’s Sundance fast approaching, we’ve picked out ten of the most exciting films that are up for competition in Park City this year, from dramas and animations to first features.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five new films from around the world. One documentary and four narrative films, stories range from true tales of politicians and film directors, to fictional dramas.

Traversing Politics

Nominated for eight Oscars this week including Best Picture, Adam McKay’s Vice more than merits its success. It is an exhilarating political comedy-drama about the rise of Dick Cheney.

Remembering Bergman

For A Year in a Life, Jane Magnusson looks beyond the voice of the works to pursue an exploration of the complex personality, erratic behaviour and turbulent private life of the artist himself.

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