5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend’s selection of films explores diverse themes including familial tragedy, the search for meaning in modern-day society and finding love where you least expect it.

Girl: A Review

After a series of shorts, Belgian writer-director Lukas Dhont makes his directorial debut with Girl. Playing in Cannes last year, the powerful film made an immediate international impact.

LA Noir

David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake stars Andrew Garfield as Sam, a Los Angeles slacker who sets out on a weird and wild journey when his female neighbour disappears.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five new films to hit UK cinemas. These international films deal with pertinent issues as fear of the outsider, family ties and lies and the purpose of art.

Familial Secrets

Acclaimed Iranian director Asghar Farhadi returns to Europe for his second foreign language excursion after The Past. Everybody Knows is a more languid experience.

Poetic Justice

Sara Colangelo is an American writer-director who made her feature debut with 2014’s Little Accidents. She returns with her sophomore movie, The Kindergarten Teacher.

March Previews: Netflix and Amazon

This month we take a look at streaming releases that delve into the human condition – tender portrayals of contemporary life, grief, loss and growing up under dramatic circumstances.

5 to See: This Weekend

Drawing from Belgium, Israel, France, England and Ireland, these dramas are of the mind, exploring such pertinent issues as guilt, grief, lust and our need for affection.

Representing Conflict

Samuel Maoz’s second film, Foxtrot, deserves equal attention. It may have escaped the metal innards of a hulking war machine, but it’s no less nausea-inducing, as it stares at the horrors of conflict. without flinching.

Glasgow Film Festival 2019

The 2019 edition of Glasgow Film Festival is in full swing. Across 12 days, the citywide programme hosts over 300 screenings including numerous world, UK and Scottish premieres.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five new films from around the globe that will be hitting UK cinemas this Friday. A documentary, two remakes, a biopic and a social realist drama.

Resisting Discrimination

The US Supreme Court came under ugly scrutiny last year, with the much-protested appointment of Brett Kavanaugh. So it feels utterly timely that Mimi Leder’s On The Basis of Sex arrives in cinemas.

Transformative Cinema

Toby MacDonald’s feature directorial debut is inspired by the classic French tale, Cyrano de Bergerac, transposing the French setting with an English all-boys boarding school.

Filmmaking as Mechanism

Kim Longinotto’s latest, Shooting The Mafia, premiered at Berlinale this month. The film looks at the life of Italian photographer Letizia Battaglia, who used her art to document Mafia crimes.

Berlinale 2019: A Review

Berlinale’s Festival Director Dieter Kosslick offers a selection that has proved robust and stimulating, even if Lone Scherfig’s The Kindness of Strangers appeared to irritate large portions of critics.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five new films ranging from big-scale fantasy to social realism, true-life biopic to literary adaptation, big themes are the order of the day: war, family, violence and power.

A Stand-up Feature

Sometime a film comes out of leftfield, unexpectedly accosting you. James Gardner’s Jellyfish is one such movie. Authentic, credible but tough to watch, it features Liv Hill, a rising star.

Tales from Conflict Zones

Directed by Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land and City of Ghosts), A Private War is based on the life of Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin, played here by Rosamund Pike.

5 to See: This Weekend

This weekend ASFF selects five new films about to hit UK cinemas. Hailing from England and America, the hard-hitting themes vary from grief and illness to racism and sexuality.

Berlinale: A Preview

Lacking the A-List appeal of Cannes and the awards glitz of Venice and Toronto, the Berlin Film Festival has gone in a different direction. This year, the competition is more esoteric.