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Poignant Meditations

After his big-budget Disney escapade Pete’s Dragon, writer-director David Lowery returns to the margins with this experimental tale of life, death and loss.

ASFF Tickets on Sale

Tickets for the seventh edition of the Aesthetica Short Film Festival are now on sale. Join us from 8 to 12 November as we transform York into a cultural arena for independent film.

Influential Evocations

This month at London’s BFI Southbank, a two-month season dedicated to the films of Jean-Pierre Melville gets underway. Often imitated but never bettered, the filmmaker remains hugely influential.

Creative Connections

Following the objective of generating a platform for talent development, the Aesthetica Short Film Festival has invited the public to join this year’s Official Selection to discuss all things film.

Nurturing Artists’ Film

A new scheme for artist filmmakers has just been launched, aiming to help those in the early stages of their careers. The FLAMIN Fellowship aims to bolster six practitioners based in England.

Guest Programmes: Celebrating Innovation

ASFF has announced a stimulating guest programme to complement the Official Selection. Included in 2017’s edition is a celebration of last year’s awards and shorts from the Iris Prize.

Addressing Truths

The subject of eugenics bears heavy on human his­tory, and yet Fog in August is the first feature film to address the Nazi euthana­sia programme from World War II.

Reflecting Social Dialogues

“Comedy is the most serious form of all,” says writer-director Sally Potter. “Graham Greene used to talk about his novels as entertainments, and I always thought that was wonderful.”

Biography as Influence

The life of Steven Morrissey, a renowned and idolised musician, is undoubtedly fascinating. One of a global move­ment of Morrissey fans, director Mark Gill translates the figure onto the big screen.

Intimate Disposition

Every frame and line of David Lynch: The Art Life is steeped in anecdotes from everyday encounters to deeper interac­tions with the artist’s father and peers.

Minute Bodies

Stuart A Staples’ interpretative documentary presents the seductive and hypnotic world of micro-cinema pioneer F. Percy Smith, who creates his own equipment to uncover secrets of nature.

New Releases

Top Picks for July: ASFF compiles a list of 10 films to see this month, compelling features that range from documentary to drama.

Provocative Visions

A bright light in a new wave of female directors, Vicky Lawton was awarded the Creative Circle accolade for Best Up and Coming Female Commercial Film Director 2017.

Human Portrayal

When teenage surfer Simon (Gabin Verdet) is mixed up in a car crash, his parents are hit with a double blow: their son is no longer alive. Not only this, but they must now decide what to do with his organs.

Societal Portraits

Aki Kaurismäki offers moral support for the down-and-out in The Other Side of Hope – a candid portrayal of the tropes of modern living and immigration in today’s fragmented society.

Uniting Narratives

The month of July features the latest editions of two established festivals: The 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and Outfest LA LGBT Film Festival.

Transgressive Plotlines

Filled with innuendo and an impending sense of threat from the get-go, Alice Lowe’s directorial debut Prevenge fulfils its promises within the first five minutes.

Doc/Fest: Cultural Systems

Gina Hara’s documentary Geek Girls focuses on the contemporary dialogues between gender and sexism, providing relief for women wanting to break down the barriers facing them.

Sentimental Youth

Based on Massimo Gramellini’s novel, Sweet Dreams, Little One (2015), Marco Bellocchio’s film explores the lasting damage inflicted on its lead character when he loses his mother at a young age.

Doc/Fest: Intimate Narratives

Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles’ Dina is shot in just this way, with arresting results. The film feels more like an indie drama, and yet it still manages to drive home the reality of the narrative.

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