5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five films that peak into vastly different worlds across three continents (and even into the future). Human experiences out of comfort zones are explored with tenacity.

Dinner Arrangements

French-born Novelist and playwright Amanda Sthers follows her 2009 drama Je vais te Manquer with an English-language romantic comedy that is set, for large parts, around the dinner table.

Autobiographical Drama

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s A Prayer Before Dawn features Joe Cole who plays Moore, a heroin addict who is locked in a Thai jail and must fight – quite literally – to survive.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five films that set out to illuminate, thrill, amuse and unsettle. A mixture of documentary and dramatic features, this quintet of movies explores religion, education and love.

Maternal Instincts

Deborah Haywood’s Pin Cushion is a harrowing study of the parent-child dynamic as a socially-awkward mother and daughter try to make a new life in small-town Britain.

Criminal Intentions

Racer and the Jailbird (Le Fidèle), brings Michaël R. Roskam back to Belgium for another tale set on the wrong side of the law. His lucky totem Matthias Schoenaerts stars alongside Adèle Exarchopoulos.

New Media: 10 Film Schools to Watch

More than 500 million hours of videos are watched on YouTube each day. What does this mean for cinema? ASFF selects top UK film schools that offer innovative programmes for the next generation.

July Previews: Netflix and Amazon

Ahead of streaming releases this month, ASFF selects a range of shows that cover a range of genres, lengths and styles, with everything from sports and crime to small-town witchcraft.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five films that take in the breadth of human experience. These films deal with issues of crisis, creation, celebrity and the consequences of politics on the present and future.

5 to See: This Weekend

ASFF selects five films that transport audience into unique worlds. From musical documentary to contemporary drama, this essential selection embraces themes of love, life and death.

Survival Instincts

Icelandic director Baltasar Kormákur has made his name looking at themes of man versus nature, and what it takes to survive against insurmountable odds. Now he adds Adrift to this list.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five films that reach beyond the everyday and offer narratives that reflect upon the world around us. These features combine directorial debuts with biopics.

Adolescent Desires

Trudie Styler has long been working in the film industry as a producer. Now she makes the transition to feature film director with Freak Show, an endearing tale with a message of acceptance.

EIFF: A Preview

The Edinburgh International Film Festival gets under way this week with an intriguing mix of films and events for filmgoers north of the border. The festival opens with Puzzle, a drama of awakenings.

Familial Ties

From the first frame of América it is easy to see why Erick Stoll and Chase Whiteside were drawn to Diego with his green eyes and his animated expressions.

Shorts to Features: Fume Films

Fume Films, creators of Clanker Man, a popular comedy that screened at ASFF 2017, discuss the process of developing a feature.

New Perspectives

Back for its ninth year, the Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival returns with an array of films from the subcontinent, as the largest South Asian film festival in the UK and Europe.

Doc/Fest: A Round-Up

Opening with the world premiere of Sean McAllister’s A Northern Soul, Sheffield Doc/Fest’s 2018 programme boasted a large number of events. ASFF provides a round up from this year.

Spiritual Mediation

Ari Aster now delivers his first feature, the critically acclaimed Hereditary. Toni Collette stars as Annie, a parent who becomes increasingly unhinged after the death of her mother.

A Directorial Debut

A former graduate of New York University film school, Sophie Brooks makes her feature directorial debut with The Boy Downstairs, a breezy New York romantic comedy that premiered at Tribeca.