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Reinterpreting Narrative

Garth Davis reunites with the Biblical epic Mary Magdalene, in which Rooney Mara plays the title character, a follower of Jesus said to have witnessed his crucifixion.

Performative Cinema

Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s new film The Square is an ambitious, provocative and exasperating work that will cause debate wherever it plays, dealing with issues of artistic expression.

South by Southwest: A Growing Culture

Whilst Sundance has always been the premiere film festival in America, the last few years has seen the growing importance of South by Southwest, which previews film, music, comedy and gaming.

The Human Condition

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now in its 22nd edition, is back this month in London, with 14 new films offering fresh new perspectives on contemporary human rights issues.

Controversial Narratives

Lynne Ramsay is the acclaimed Scottish filmmaker behind Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar and We Need To Talk About Kevin. She returns with You Were Never Really Here, an elliptical but powerful tale.

Animation Revisited

This month is an excellent time to be an animation fan. Alongside the release of Isle of Dogs, BFI Southbank in London has programmed a mini-animation season, running until 18 March.

Illuminating Documentary

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a little-known Hollywood tale about a star who never received her due. Directed by Alexandra Dean, it’s an unearthing of Lamarr’s existence away from the spotlight.

Fashion Film: Beyond Materialism

Inviting an array of self-aware, ultramodern contemporary creatives to an avant-garde, castle-like interior, director Kathryn Ferguson considers what is luxurious in a new, digital age.

DYSPLA: New Sensory Experiences

Challenging the way individuals think about, visual information, the advantages of living with dyslexia and neurodivergency are highlighted in DYSPLA’s first International Moving Image Festival.

Sweet Country: Revisiting the Western

Warwick Thornton is the Australian director who made an impact with his debut, 2009’s Samson & Delilah. Now he returns as director with Sweet Country, a taut Outback western.

A Groundbreaking Performance

A groundbreaking work in more ways than one, Chilean director Sebastián Lelio’s fifth film is a powerful and heartbreaking piece that features a towering central performance.

Berlinale: Radical Narratives

Offering the usual mix of eclectic films from around the globe, this year’s Berlin Film Festival boasted a gem in the shape of Timur Bekmambetov’s Profile, playing in the Panorama section.

5 to See: Fashion Film

Fashion film is constantly evolving, pushing the boundaries of traditional narratives and aesthetics. This week’s selection showcases some of the trailblazing directors pioneering the genre.

Personal Chronicles

The Ice King narrates the life of the Olympic gold medalist ice skater John Curry, who elevated the sport it to new heights of artistry, making history as the first openly gay Olympian.

Glasgow Film Festival: Festival Roundup

Glasgow Film Festival’s 19th edition shows why it’s become an audience favourite in Scotland. The gala screenings are particularly juicy this year, beginning with Wes Anderson’s stop-motion Isle of Dogs.

Clio Barnard: Verbal Expressions

The Dark River tells the story of a dispute between Alice and her elder brother Joe. Following their father’s death, she returns to the family farm for the first time in 15 years to claim the tenancy.

Aesthetic Sensations

Emmanuel Gras’ Makala, winner of the Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prize 2017, lends an observant eye and ear to the story of Kabwita Kasongo, who makes and sells charcoal in rural Congo.

5 to See: Southern Gothic

This week’s selection is a compilation of contemporary southern gothic films. A subversion of classic narratives, these are deeply atmospheric. Featured: The Coen Brothers and Park Chan-wook

Berlin Film Festival: A Preview

This week, the 68th Berlin Film Festival – or the Berlinale as its known – gets under way. Always a festival known for its political…

A Revolutionary Blockbuster

It may sound like an overstatement, but Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther is a groundbreaking comic book movie, offering the first superhero of African origin to get his own stand-alone adventure.

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