Posts by Marina Ashioti

This Much I Know To Be True

By Marina Ashioti

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis perform an intimate yet expansive session at the Battersea Arts Centre. The results are mesmerising.

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Casablanca Beats

By Marina Ashioti

A former rapper sets up a hip-hop programme for the participants of his local youth group in Nabil Ayouch’s well-meaning drama.

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Saint-Narcisse

By Marina Ashioti

Queercore godhead Bruce LaBruce returns with a wild, camp incest odyssey set in 1970s Quebec.

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Prayers For The Stolen

By Marina Ashioti

Tatiana Huezo’s first narrative feature is a masterfully evocative portrait of coming of age in the shadow of Mexico’s narco wars.

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Discover a classic, booze-fuelled sequence of female self discovery

By Marina Ashioti

In praise of Juho Kuosmanen’s Compartment No. 6 and a scene of human connection around shots of moonshine.

A Night of Knowing Nothing

By Marina Ashioti

The relationship between the art of filmmaking and the necessity of protest lies at the heart of Payal Kapadia’s spellbinding feature debut.

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Escape to the Silver Globe – first-look review

By Marina Ashioti

A Polish documentary explores the history and artistic trauma surrounding Andrzej Żuławski’s fragmented sci-fi magnum opus.

A House Made of Splinters – first-look review

By Marina Ashioti

Prescient and deeply affecting Ukraine-set doc exploring the lives of children displaced by the country's 2014 invasion.

Scene Stealers: Piano practice stand-off in The Power of the Dog

By Marina Ashioti

Our series on the most spell-binding moments from 2022’s Best Picture Nominees continues with Jane Campion’s tense take on the Old West.

River

By Marina Ashioti

Not even Willem Dafoe’s narration can save this meandering documentary with tired colonial overtones.

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Europa

By Marina Ashioti

A young Iraqi refugee seeks refuge in Bulgaria in writer/director Haider Rashid’s heart-stopping drama.

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Rebel Dread

By Marina Ashioti

William E Badgley trains his camera on cult figure Don Letts, chronicling the collision between the UK’s punk and reggae scenes.

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A Journal for Jordan

By Marina Ashioti

Denzel Washington’s fourth directorial effort is a story of love, loss and sacrifice told through the journal of Charles Monroe King.

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Cicada

By Marina Ashioti

A bookstore meet-cute leads to a transformative relationship for two gay men in Matthew Fifer and Kieran Mulcare’s drama.

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Cow

By Marina Ashioti

Andrea Arnold’s long-awaited fifth feature is a remarkable and visceral assault on the senses.

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The 355

By Marina Ashioti

Jessica Chastain’s passion project is a questionable espionage thriller that flaunts its international cast of A-Listers.

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Ailey

By Marina Ashioti

This tender and affecting documentary on a visionary of contemporary dance offers a glimpse of the man behind the genius.

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There is No Evil

By Marina Ashioti

This anthology film from director Mohammad Rasoulof explores the social consequences of Iran’s death penalty.

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Christmas gift guide 2021 – Great ideas for film lovers

By Marina Ashioti

From books and Blu-rays to pins and games, we’ve got your Christmas shopping for movie fans covered.

Rebel Dykes

By Marina Ashioti

This fittingly radical documentary chronicles the feminist punk subculture which sprung in London in the 1980s.

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Reggie Yates: ‘We seldom see Black British coming-of-age stories’

By Marina Ashioti

How a love of cars, London and UK garage informed the writer/director’s madcap debut feature, Pirates.

Natural Light

By Marina Ashioti

This atmospheric World War Two drama from Hungarian director Dénes Nagy is too dour for its own good.

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Becoming Cousteau

By Marina Ashioti

An entertaining deep dive into the adventure-filled travails of famed oceanographer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau.

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Sweetheart

By Marina Ashioti

Teenage romance blossoms by the seaside in first-time director Marley Morrison’s caravan park-set coming-of-ager.

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The Alpinist

By Marina Ashioti

This gripping biopic of the enigmatic Marc-André Leclerc captures the essence of solo alpine free climbing.

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The Collini Case

By Marina Ashioti

Morality, justice and the limits of the law are explored in this clichéd adaptation of Ferdinand von Schirach’s bestselling novel.

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Copilot

By Marina Ashioti

Anne Zohra Berrached’s ’90s-set romance fictionalises the private life of United 93 hijacker Ziad Jarrah and his lover.

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Sabaya

By Marina Ashioti

A sombre and emotive documentary depicting the painful realities of the Islamic State’s reign of terror.

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The Night House

By Marina Ashioti

David Bruckner’s architectural horror stands up to the contemporary challenges of dabbling with ghosts and jump scares.

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Boys from County Hell

By Marina Ashioti

Writer/director Chris Baugh’s vampire comedy-horror fails to breathe new life into a stale genre.

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Is this the first major artistic response to life under the pandemic?

By Marina Ashioti

Manchester International Festival returns to the city, reflecting a broad spectrum of culture, visual arts and performance

Uncovering a new wave of innovative Greek documentaries

By Marina Ashioti

The 23th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival showcases a selection of top homegrown talent.

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