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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.

Capturing Dissolution

Jeffrey Dahmer remains one of the most notorious serial killers in American history. So, credit is due to writer-director Marc Meyers for this sensitive and acutely observed biopic.

Iconic Film Noir

This month, the BFI Southbank launches an intriguing season of films starring and/or directed by Ida Lupino, who made her name in Hollywood at the height of the studio system.

Abstract Narratives

Veteran French director Arnaud Desplechin returns with Ismael’s Ghosts, one of the more dense films of his career. The film has a semi-autobiographical feel, as any movie about a filmmaker will have.

Independent Visions

For those who can’t afford a trip to Park City in Utah in January, the folk at the Sundance Film Festival hit on a smart move. Bring the best of the fest to London for a four-day taster.

Mirrored Lives

François Ozon is the prolific French writer-director behind Swimming Pool, In The House and Potiche. His latest film, a psychosexual thriller, is a loose adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ Lives of the Twins.

Redemptive Landscapes

Edie is an 83 year-old woman who decides to climb Mount Suilven in Scotland. Marriage, and the servitude it brought, has left her embittered. Maybe ascending this Scottish peak will heal her?

Reflective Animation

Nora Twomey is an Irish-born animator who works for Cartoon Saloon. She now returns with The Breadwinner, a stirring adaptation of Deborah Ellis’ best-selling book.

Cannes: A Round Up

This year’s Cannes Film Festival has come to a close, with many award-winning films addressing timely themes of identity.

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