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5 to See: This Weekend

ASFF selects five new films, telling stories of immigration, occupation and asylum, and exploring themes of identity, love, isolation and racism.

Seeking Shelter

The title suggests something Biblical, a watery wrath visited upon inhabitants by a vengeful God. But Anthony Woodley’s ‘The Flood’ deals with a very modern-day crisis – that of refugees.

EIFF 2019: Preview

The world’s longest continually-running film festival, the EIFF is back for its 72nd edition with its usual mix of lively movies, guest appearances and panel events.

5 to See: This Weekend

One documentary and four features, these films will transport you to different worlds – from asylum seekers in modern-day France to a rambunctious family in upstate New York.

Perilous Ambitions

Canadian director Kim Nguyen (‘Two Lovers and a Bear’, ‘Eye On Juliet’) returns with ‘The Hummingbird Project’, a fictional hi-tech tale that grips from the very beginning.

Changing the Feed

Naziha Arebi’s ‘Freedom Fields’ follows three female footballers and their team over five years in post-revolution Libya. These accidental activists offer a glimpse into hope and sacrifice.

Government Regimes

Waad Al-Kateab started documenting Aleppo’s revolution against the government regime in 2011. ‘For Sama’ comprises five years of footage. Screening at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019.


Inspired by the spate of acid attacks that have plagued Britain in recent times, Dirty God could so easily be an exploitative feature. Instead, it’s a drama that truly gets under the skin.

June Previews: Netflix and Amazon

What’s new to the world of streaming? ASFF takes in the new shows on Netflix and Amazon, from Nicolas Winding Refn’s Too Old To Die Young to the new season of Black Mirror.

Questioning Industry

In conversation with ASFF, director Christopher Quinn discusses Eating Animals, an adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s book about the industrial system of factory farming.

Searching for Truth

Tim Travers Hawkins’ XY Chelsea follows the true story of whistleblower and ex-soldier Chelsea Manning. The director discusses the film, exploring ideas of identity and surveillance.

Personal Tragedies

Short movies can often be a launchpad into a feature filmmaking career, though its rare to see it evolve in the way it has for Thunder Road, developed from Jim Cummings’ 2016 film.

Historical Upheaval

László Nemes is the Hungarian-born filmmaker who began his career as Béla Tarr’s assistant during the making of The Man From London. He returns with Sunset, starring Juli Jakab.

5 to See: This Weekend

ASFF selects new films from across Europe and America that will be making it onto UK screens. Featuring protagonists following obsessions and new work from director László Nemes.

Interstellar Journeys

Joaquín Cambre’s coming-of-age drama, A Trip to the Moon, centres around teenager Tomas, who distracts himself from academic challenges with his interest in astronomy and space travel.

Cannes: Closing Narratives

With Cannes nearing its close, it’d be fair to say that the selection by artistic director Thierry Frémaux and his team has left most critics more than satisfied. ASFF sums up the top films.

5 to See: AR at Sheffield Doc/Fest

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 opens next month, presenting a diverse programme of innovative non-fiction storytelling. ASFF selects must-see films from the Alternate Realities programme.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects new films that open in cinemas around the UK. Documentary, biopic-musical, action-adventure take audiences into both fantastical realms and real-life scenarios.

Rocketman: A Review

After the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody surprised everybody by becoming a global phenomenon and claiming four Oscars, attention inevitably turns to Rocketman.

10 to See: Cannes 2019

Cannes Film Festival continues this week. ASFF selects ten top films to watch from the 2019 selection, including works by Pedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach, Mati Diop and Bong Joon-ho.

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