Cannes: Opening Narratives

The 71st Cannes Film Festival got off and running this week.

Realist Sequences

Entebbe looks at the crisis from various viewpoints, cutting between nervy scenes on board the plane to heated around-the-table discussions by Israeli top-level politicians.

New Adaptation

Adapted from the Neil Gaiman short story, John Cameron Mitchell’s latest movie is the comedic How To Talk To Girl At Parties. Set in Croydon in 1977, at the time punk ruled the airwaves, Enn meets Zan.

Cannes: A Preview

The 71st Cannes Film Festival gets underway next week and something feels a little different about this year’s event. To begin with, the critics will have to wait.

Music as Influence

Modern Life is Rubbish is Daniel Jerome Gill’s
first feature as director. It tells the story of a couple Liam (Josh Whitehouse) and Natalie (Freya Mavor) who are at breaking point after 10 years together.

Adolescent Journeys

Based on the 2010 novel by Willy Vlautin, at its core Lean on Pete is a very simple tale of a boy and his horse boasting the same innocence and purity as Ken Loach’s classic Kes.

Character Excavation

Michael Pearce makes his feature debut with Beast, a Jersey-set coming-of-age tale about a young girl who becomes embroiled with an outsider who harbours a dark secret.

Political Landscapes

Lost In America, the new season of movies at London’s BFI Southbank, delves into the archives of the American independent scene, its subtitle is The Other Side of Reagan’s ’80s.

Notes on Identity

“I wanted to reject the idea of a landscape idea of depicting African culture because that’s a way of looking at traditional culture from an outsider’s perspective.” – John Trengove on The Wound.

Romantic Adaptation

Claire Denis is the acclaimed writer-director whose work includes Chocolat, 35 Rooms and White Material. Let The Sunshine In is an adaptation of Roland Barthes’ A Lover’s Discourse: Fragments.

Reflective Persona

The feature directorial debut of Alexandra Dean, Bombshell: The Heddy Lamarr Story sees the director explore the formidable, yet misunderstood persona of this Hollywood star.

Social Evolution

Marking the 100th anniversary since women won the right to vote, Barbican stages a mini-season of films about inspirational women. Suffrage, Cinema and Beyond is part of The Art of Change season.

Poignant Reflections

The title of Italian director Paolo Virzi’s first English-language movie refers not to a person, but an RV owned by an ageing American couple, John and Ella, (Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren).

100 Years On: Representations of the Great War

To this day, the First World War endures as one of the most impacting human conflicts. A turning point for technology, morality and social responsibility…

Rethinking Tradition

In their remote home in the North Atlantic, the Faroe Islanders have always eaten what nature could provide. But today they face a grave threat. Mark Day discusses The Islands and the Whales.

Northern Soul

Adrian Shergold’s work includes Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, Low Winter Sun and He Kills Coppers. His latest film, Funny Cow, stars Maxine Peake as a would-be stand-up comedian.

East End Film Festival: A Round Up

This week, the East End Film Festival gets underway. First formed in 2000, the festival now opens with a real coup including Boom For Real, Revenge and Pin Cushion.

ASFF Alumni: Addressing the Short Form

Directed by Boldizsár Cr, Cry of the City narrates the challenges that young people have to face in order to follow their dreams. The film screened as part of ASFF 2017’s Fashion strand.

An Enigmatic Portrait

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco is art historian, curator and filmmaker James Crump’s third feature film, which tells the story of the most influential fashion illustrator of the 1970s.

Western Mythologies

Some directors are made to be seen on the big screen. Sergio Leone is one such filmmaker. The Italian auteur is being granted a welcome retrospective this month at BFI Southbank.