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Reflecting Social Uncertainty

Happy critics are a hard bunch to spot, but this year’s Venice Film Festival is bringing smiles to the Lido. The stimulating selection for this…

Visual Innovation

Hailing from institutions such as Sheffield Doc/Fest, BFI London Film Festival and Aesthetica Magazine, those involved in curating ASFF’s 2017 Selection have created a unique programme.

Life Behind Bars

A unique and powerful documentary, The Work offers an insider perspective into group therapy sessions in Folsom State Prison, the maximum security institution near Sacramento, California.

Northern Influence

“It’s a term used by proud Yorkshire people to describe Yorkshire,” explains Francis Lee when asked about God’s Own Country, the title of his debut film. “It’s a phrase that I’ve grown up with.”

Everyday Articulations

As part of the Drama screenings at ASFF 2017, Jonathan Schey’s The Entertainer translates everyday mundanity into human narratives that linger on memory and aspiration.

ASFF: Two Months to Go

ASFF is a hotbed for fresh ideas and talent discovery. With just less than two months to go until ASFF opens, take a look at our extensive programme and book your tickets.

Metaphorical Landscapes

Moon Dogs is a new British feature film directed by Philip John, a former punk musician who turned to filmmaking. It’s the story of two stepbrothers on a trip from Shetland to Glasgow.

Home-Grown Debut

The British farming community has already been acutely examined this year in Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levelling, now there is former actor Francis Lee’s directorial debut God’s Own Country.

International Visions

The 74th edition of the Venice Film Festival gets underway this week, boasting an impressive line-up collated by artistic director Alberto Barbera. This year offers a multitude of narratives.

Cultural Resources

Part of UK/India 2017, a major year of cultural exchange between the United Kingdom and India, the BFI has mounted India On Film, a hugely comprehensive celebration of Indian cinema.

Nostalgic Comedy

Simon Farnaby is a long-standing member of comedy show The Mighty Boosh. His latest project is the hilarious feature film Mindhorn, which he co-wrote with fellow Boosh star Julian Barrett.

Racial Tensions

Kathryn Bigelow’s third collaboration with reporter turned screenwriter Mark Boal delves into a shocking real-life incident in Motor City that took place 50 years ago.

Shifting Viewpoints

An adoring portrait of the deep-thinking storyteller and art critic John Berger, Seasons in Quincy is not really a documentary at all. Instead it ventures into uncharted docu-territory through four directors.

Defamiliarising Characteristics

Based on the 2010 novel by Wolfgang Herrndorf, Fatih Akin’s latest transplants the typical coming-of-age story out of suburbia and into a “borrowed” car speeding down the autobahn.

Iconic Retelling

Jérôme Salle’s The Odyssey tells the story of French icon Jacques Cousteau, the deep sea diver who brought the undersea world to millions of viewers.

Random Acts: Creative Networks

Next week, Channel 4’s Random Acts returns for its third season. This time, the late-night short film showcase is curated and hosted by actress Zawe Ashton. Each episode in features six new shorts.

Indulgent Poeticism

From dialogue with a poetic aspect, to the visual and musical lyricism that creates dreamlike moments within a tale of manipulation and obsession, The Handmaiden pleasures the senses.

Alienating Archetypes

At first glance, indie writer-director Tim Sutton’s new film Dark Night might appear to be a recreation of the tragedy, but its ambitions are somewhat more complex.

Layered Narratives

The Sense of an Ending re-imagines Julian Barnes’s novel, which takes its name from Frank Kermode’s 1967 publication, which sought to “make sense of the ways we try to make sense of our lives.”

Human Study

Kleber Mendonça Filho’s sophomore feature finds the critic turned filmmaker drawn to the residential setting. Here, Filho narrows his focus to tell the story of 65-year-old writer Clara (Sonia Braga).

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