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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.

A Novelistic Portrayal

On Chesil Beach is a heartfelt and deeply affecting take on Ian McEwan’s 2007 Booker Prize-nominated novel.

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…

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