Abdallah Al-Khatib’s extraordinary documentary captures daily life in the largest Palestinian refugee camp.
A masterful dissection of love, memory and autobiography from the ever-wonderful French maestro, Mia Hansen-Løve.
A small domestic tiff spirals out into city-wide civil war in Catherine Corsini’s comedy-infused political drama.
Andrea Arnold successfully adapts her social realist mode to minutely chronicle the life of an average dairy cow.
François Ozon takes a light-hearted look at the banality and bureaucracy of assisted suicide in his misfiring latest.
Israeli filmmaker Nadav Lapid serves up a spiky, intelligent drama about conflict and reconciliation.
The French-Hungarian co-production, made by artist Nadja Andrasev, is on the longlist for this year’s Oscars.
Josephine Decker’s stunning anti-biopic of author Shirley Jackson offers a treatise on female creativity and camaraderie.
A personal thank you to the former cricketer whose new documentary, Living with Bulimia, dispels the stigma around the disorder.
Hungarian animator Nadja Andrasev reveals how personal experience informed her sensual new film Symbiosis.
A couple struggles to reconcile their new romance with their emotional baggage in Aki Omoshaybi’s directorial debut.
The French screen idol is at his most open and vulnerable in Luchino Visconti’s 1960 crime drama.
As lockdown in the UK eases, Sophie Monks Kaufman reflects on the value of cultural exchange on a personal and societal level.
Nisha Parti and Indira Varma discuss their experiences in the industry, and why they’re optimistic for change.
The writer/director on how first-hand research informed her ‘poetic odyssey’, Never Rarely Sometimes Always.
Sophie Monks Kaufman sings the praises of Marc Lawrence’s pop hit of a rom-com from 2007.
A woman catches up with three close friends in this charming situational drama from South Korea’s Hong Sang-soo.
Abel Ferrara sends Willem Dafoe off into the snowy wilds of Russia in this punishing metaphysical dream.
An ancient myth underpins German director Christian Petzold’s wishy-washy romantic drama.
There’s shades of John Cassavetes in Canadian writer/director Kazik Radwanski’s elevated character study.
Kelly Reichardt trains her meticulous eye on 1820s Oregon in this sublime companion piece to 2006’s Old Joy.
They’ll be joined by Abel Ferrara and Tsai Ming-liang when the festival kicks off in February.
Laurie Nunn’s consistently funny, wonderfully acted series offers so much more than shallow titillation.
Afghan director Hassan Fazili documents his family’s persecution at the hands of the Taliban.
Private, unseen protest forges a spiritual path to God in Terrence Malick’s rhapsodic resistance drama.
This starry post-#MeToo takedown of toxic masculinity grossly misrepresents its female subjects.
This gripping drama written, directed by and starring an Indigenous Canadian woman has quietly snuck onto Netflix.
One of Britain’s best documentary filmmakers trades on-camera interviews for archive footage in Shooting the Mafia.
Suburban soccer moms get the Stepford Wives treatment courtesy of directors Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe.
Mia Wasikowska turns the tables on her male oppressor in this subversive take on the traditional marionette show.
Cosmo Jarvis shines in this portrait of flawed, inarticulate masculinity by first-time feature director Nathalie Biancheri.
Sprawling programmes and a focus on new talent makes buying tickets a tough task. But it need not be.
The writer/director and star of The Souvenir discuss diaries, memories and the life-changing qualities of making art.
Pedro Costa returns with another gently moving study of life on the fringes of Portuguese society.
Bobbi Jene Smith shines in this intimate dance-drama from first-time writer/director Georgia Parris.
The Hungarian writer/director of Son of Saul discusses his beguiling follow-up, Sunset.
Claire Denis contemplates existence, evolution and survival in deep space with Robert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche.
The loquacious actor (and latter-day perfumer) discusses his stellar turn as a silver-tongued grifter in Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Nicole Kidman suffers through prosthetics and a patchy script in Karyn Kusama’s detective noir.
Catherine Corsini adapts Christine Angot to captivating effect in this Châteauroux-set romantic drama.
The Japanese writer/director discusses the political implications of his Palme d’Or-winning drama Shoplifters.
A crop of complex and fascinating female characters were at the heart of this year’s LFF.
Seven strangers convene in a run-down Lake Tahoe hotel in Drew Goddard’s enjoyably pulpy ensemble mystery.
An A-list ensemble headlines writer/director Drew Goddard’s sensational follow-up to The Cabin in the Woods.
Zama star Lola Dueñas gives an astonishing central performance in Journey to a Mother’s Room.
Agnès Varda hits the road with French photographer and muralist JR in this singularly charming social document.
A committed Nicole Kidman slums it in this by-the-book detective noir from director Karyn Kusama.
Sean McAllister’s documentary is a welcome antidote to the many grim representations of the poor.
Eugene Jarecki’s Elvis-inspired road movie doubles as a eulogy for the American Dream.
Elle Fanning’s central performance aside, there’s little to stir the blood in this biopic from Wadjda director Haifaa Al-Mansour.
Rupert Everett hams it up in this uneven biopic about the final years of Oscar Wilde.
This evocative prequel-of-sorts to the seminal documentary Grey Gardens is well worth a look.
Nadine Labaki’s Lebanon-set fable reveals the everyday heartbreak of child poverty.
Lars von Trier, provocateur at large, returns to the fray with a mad, bad and dangerous serial killer opus.
Alice Rohrwacher brings a touch of rustic magical realism to Cannes with an enigmatic film about a young Italian farmhand.
Luis Ortega’s portrait of a real-life Argentinian serial killer makes for a fascinating character study.
This shapeless, drama-free dirge through the rock scene in 1980s Leningrad has no place in the Cannes competition.
British composer Jim Williams discusses his work on Raw and Beast.
The French writer/director’s debut feature from 1988 is an elegant, perfectly poised character study.
One of greatest directors working today picks apart the romantic gamesmanship of her wonderful latest.
A teen fights for his soul in Brazilian character study Hard Paint, which screened at this year’s BFI Flare.
Robin Campillo’s stirring AIDS activist drama is a vital reminder of the power of protest.
The US writer/director takes us inside his spellbinding stop-motion opus Isle of Dogs.
Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair are struck by mass hysteria in this lunatic horror-thriller from director Brian Taylor.
The You Were Never Really director talks framing violence and working with Joaquin Phoenix and Jonny Greenwood.
It’s hammer time for the famously intense leading man ahead of his starring role in You Were Never Really Here.
Saoirse Ronan experiences growing pains in Sacramento in Greta Gerwig’s delightful indie comedy.
The cinematographer recalls how the pair hit it off on the director’s 1996 debut feature.
The director of Mudbound on how she grappled with the legacy of slavery in the Deep South.
The director of The Florida Project is quietly redefining concepts of movie magic and what it means to be a star.
Joachim Trier returns with a bold sci-fi tinged romantic drama that may just leave you feeling cold.
New films that deal with the relationship between men and women in interesting ways.
Noah Baumbach gets the best out of Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller in this sensitive and witty comedy.
Nicolas Cage runs amok in this deliciously berserk comedy-horror about parents compelled to kill their kids.
Saoirse Ronan whirlwinds her way through Greta Gerwig’s sublime directorial debut.
Elle Fanning is the star of the show in Haifaa Al-Mansour’s uneven biopic of the ‘Frankenstein’ author.
Sally Hawkins finds a scaly suitor in Guillermo del Toro’s strange, sentimental snow globe fairy tale.
Something disturbing lies beneath the surface of Joachim Trier’s head-scratching latest.
Margaret Qualley plays a conflicted nun-in-training in this sensuous drama from director Margaret Betts.
Exploring how director Francis Lee constructs the central relationship in his powerful gay drama.
Sofia Coppola’s steamy Southern potboiler is her most arresting and assured movie to date.
Nick Broomfield explores the context behind the untimely death of soul-pop sensation, Whitney Houston.
Joaquin Phoenix bares his soul in Lynne Ramsay’s noir-tinged New York thriller.
Sofia Coppola stuns the Cannes crowd with an intoxicating film about repressed female sexuality.
The writer/director tells us how she toyed with gender politics and screen hunks for her new film, The Beguiled.
A nasty case of dramatic inertia blights Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest black comedy.
Adam Sandler delivers one of his rare affecting turns as one of the co-leads in Noah Baumbach’s family comedy.
Robin Campillo’s rousing dramatisation of ’90s AIDS activism in France is a sure-fire Palme d’Or contender.
This barbed satire of art world pomposity questions the core beliefs of civilised society.
The art of flirting and flirting as art are the subjects of this extraordinary romcom from Claire Denis.
A warring couple reunite to find their missing son in this blunt drama from Leviathan director Andrei Zvyagintsev.
Director Sean Penn drops an almighty clanger with this tepid war zone drama starring Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem.
Cynthia Nixon gives an astonishing performance as the tortured American poet Emily Dickinson.
He was an abusive and tempestuous artist, but the emotional power of the late German director’s tragic melodramas is undeniable.
Bold expressions of queer passion were on offer at the 31st edition of London’s premier LGBT film festival.
The American filmmaker talks sex, love and everything in between.
The writer/director reveals how she landed the Hollywood megastar for her new film Certain Women.
The American director talks Certain Women, working with Michelle Williams and why she’s ready to take a break from filmmaking.
Annette Bening anchors this delightful, deeply personal comedy-drama from writer/director Mike Mills
The German writer/director reveals how she quietly went about making one of the great films of the 21st century.
The New Man offers a refreshingly honest look at what it means to bring life into the world.
A career-best Natalie Portman channels the spirit of former FLOTUS Jackie O in this ace biopic.
Casey Affleck delivers a career-best performance in Kenneth Lonergan’s stunning meditation on loss.
Douglas Sirk’s 1959 drama is the perfect antidote to the Pandora’s box of intolerance opened by Trump.
One of 2016’s finest pulls up just before the year ends, and Adam Driver is sat smiling at the wheel.
The star of A United Kingdom talks frankly and openly about the importance of faith in life and work.
Werner Herzog explores how the internet has shaped the modern world in this information heavy doc.
Andrea Arnold returns with a stylish but shambling teen road movie starring charismatic newcomer Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf.
A sensual Argentine relationship drama and a documentary about gay marriage in Myanmar were among the highlights of this year’s festival.
Actor Brady Corbet moves behind the camera for this bold, baroque exploration into the roots of political evil.
The director of Sid and Nancy reflects on the mistakes he made and discovering Gary Oldman.
This intimate portrait of a doubly-disgraced US politician is one of the most vital documentaries of our time.
Mallory compassionately chronicles one woman’s long and painful battle with substance abuse.
Steven Spielberg goes big with this magical children’s story adaptation. But is it twisted enough for Roald Dahl?
The French writer/director on the non-diversity casting of her intimate ‘modern love story’.
Jodie Whittaker delivers a commanding performance in this acutely observed Brit comedy.
Independence Day: Resurgence sees Jeff Goldblum return as Earth’s lone voice of interplanetary reason.
The young star of Blue is the Warmest Colour talks exclusively about going behind bars for Down by Love.
Vital documentary The Hunting Ground gives a voice to the survivors of sexual attacks.
A new documentary portrait of JT LeRoy poses fascinating questions about identity, authenticity and artistic legitimacy.
The Watermelon Woman – the first film directed by an African-American lesbian – is among the titles screening at Liverpool Small Cinema.
Xavier Dolan returns to Cannes with a star-studded ensemble drama about a dysfunctional family. It’s all a bit flat.
Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem’s suffering obscures the true victims in Sean Penn’s excruciating war zone drama.
The French actor gave an inspiring talk about gender equality at the Cannes Film Festival.
Despite its frenetic energy and fine young leads, Andrea Arnold’s film never manages to rise above mediocrity.
Jeff Nichols makes it five-for-five with this gently stirring drama about an interracial couple in ’50s America.
Marion Cotillard shines in this uneven but soulful meditation on marriage and depression.
There’s a dash of old-school movie magic in Steven Spielberg’s whizzpopping family fantasy.
The great Pablo Larraín delivers a stirring, soaring portrait of Chile’s most treasured poet.
French director Alain Guiraudie follows up Stranger by the Lake with another alluring and elliptical thriller.
Despite an effervescent Kristen Stewart, Woody Allen’s frothy period comedy fails to deliver a coherent message.
The director of Mustang on why women must fight against conservative oppression.
An extraordinary modern fairy tale about femininity and sisterhood from Turkey’s Deniz Gamze Ergüven.
This opaque, gorgeous mystery movie is Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s follow-up to 2004’s Innocence.
Wales’ finest son sheds his batsuit to search for God and transcendence in Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups.
One of the founders of the maverick movie studio tells the story behind its famous trademark.
Five emerging filmmakers offer essential first-hand advice for how to bring your creative vision to life.
New York’s Film Society of Lincoln Center has curated a season dedicated to early explorations of LGBT themes.
Before you see Louder Than Bombs revisit director Joachim Trier’s haunting meditation on depression.
Rachel Tunnard’s impressive debut feature takes a lighter look at the stresses of modern living.
A lyrical ode to the Northern Irish capital from writer/director Mark Cousins.
Sebastián Silva directs and stars in this astonishing queer drama about adult infertility.
The German director of Victoria reveals the craziest thing he’s ever done for love.
This detailed and fascinating insight into India’s justice system throws up plenty of surprises.
A female director making a tense action thriller is a rare beast. We meet a new and great one.
American socialite and soprano Florence Foster Jenkins is the subject of this elegant French drama.
BFI Flare’s opening film, The Pass, is about a prominent footballer who represses his sexuality. We explore why this is still happening for real.
An aspiring filmmaker reveals how she set about channelling real-life struggles into her first script.
A new film, PS Jerusalem, asks some difficult questions about the way we consume stories of socially marginalised people.
Beauty and tragedy abound in Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s melancholic stop-motion treasure.
One of America’s most lauded screenwriters and a maestro of stop-motion animation have teamed up for Anomalisa.
Something wicked this way comes... Robert Eggers’ New England folk tale is steeped in magic and menace.
The Hungarian director reveals how personal obsession fuelled his award-winning Holocaust drama, Son of Saul.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit animator Richard Williams is one of seven directors featured in this excellent short film compendium.
Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson shine in this progressive comedy about sex and singledom.
Jonathan Glazer’s 2000 film mixes in a sweet, lilting romance with all the violence and swearing.
The iconic American singer-songwriter gets a fitting tribute from doc heavyweights Amy Berg and Alex Gibney.
Twenty years on, Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes are as irresistible as ever in this swooning melodrama.
The director is shelving her Bowe Bergdahl project for a new film about the 1967 Detroit race riots.
Boston Globe journalist Mike Rezendes, played by Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight, reveals how to speak the truth.
The British screen icon reflects on his remarkable career ahead of his starring role in Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth.
My French Film Festival, now in its sixth year, is a new form of film festival that is accessible to all.
The late British actor was a star of both stage and screen, but what was it that made him such a compelling movie villain?
A self-confessed Leonardo DiCaprio fangirl pens a series of passionate letters describing how she fell in and out of love with The Revenant star.
First-time filmmaker Kansas Bowling talks us through the weird world of cult production house, Troma.
Xavier Dolan’s open letter to Netflix highlights a wider issue concerning the way movies are consumed in the digital age.
Love You To Death immerses the viewer in the powerful and revealing stories of bereaved families and friends.
Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are good value in this fun but forgettable sibling-based comedy.
The filmmaking duo discuss their beautiful, bewildering fever dream.
A talk on queer melodrama in cinema introduced a Freudian idea that has blown our minds.
The British maestro on bringing his bucolic passion project, Sunset Song, to the big screen.
Anorexia as seen from all vantages within the nuclear family is the subject of this impressive drama.
Todd Haynes’ period romance starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara is a beaming masterpiece.
Discover this rarely seen animated gem by a one-time Buster Keaton collaborator.
Ukrainian artist Feder Alexandrovich serves as a key witness to the untold story of the Chernobyl disaster.
Two German men confront the sins of their fathers in this exceptional documentary.
The True Detective star joins Jessica Chastain and Kit Harrington in the director’s first English language project.
The veteran British actor discusses his craft in this essential archive interview.
Help our writer to decide whether she should take on the ultimate cine-challenge: Jacques Rivette’s Out 1
Alan Bennett’s hit autobiographical play from 1999 receives a mild but quietly magical screen adaptation.
The final roll of the dice for Katniss and crew sadly doesn’t match previous instalments.
Rural train platforms were transformed forever by this high peak of screen romance from David Lean.
This cagey documentary portrait fails to do justice to its inspiring subject, Malala Yousafzai.
Bradley Cooper as an egomaniac master chef makes for unintentionally hilarious viewing.
The Brooklyn star on stepping back into 1950s New York and how Colm Tóibín’s source novel affected her.
A collection of early Suffragettes films – some great, some not so much.
LWLies sings the praises of one of Britain’s most intrepid and endearing film journalists.
The actor brought us to tears at her recent London Film Festival symposium.
The British actress describes the brutal realities of the Suffragette movement.
Erika Lust is a Swedish porn director informed by sex-positive, feminist, art-film values.
This episodic jaunt through east London’s drag scene offers colour a-plenty though lacks cohesion.
Don’t miss Jeanie Finlay’s portrait of an enigmatic Elvis impersonator.
A London panel event looked to ask questions about how best to achieve gender equality in the film industry.
Estonia’s first Oscar-nominated feature gleefully exposes the inherent absurdity of war.
Richard Brooks’ adaptation of Truman Capote's seminal work is well worth revisiting.
Do films like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Wolfpack examine how cinema can help us to understand life?
Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay are on top form in Andrew Haigh’s devastating relationship drama.
Andrew Haigh captures the timeless terror, trepidation and humour of sex in his brilliant new film.
If you love staring at sheep for long periods of time, this may be your Citizen Kane.
The director of Weekend and 45 Years talks to LWLies about how he creates authentic, lived-in characters.
This Lesotho-set drama of family reconnection is the enemy of dramatic originality.
This quaint French farce brings the best out of its star, Gemma Arterton.
Gender reassignment surgery is the MacGuffin in this Australian time-lapse family drama about growing up.
The writer and star of Mistress America opens up about how she learned to love her flaws.
Pixar are firing on all pistons with this wonderful, colour-coded exploration of a child’s inner psyche.
The BBFC says that the target audience for The Diary of a Teenage Girl shouldn’t be able to see it.
Getting annoyed with socially maladjusted idiots could soon be a thing of the past.
Check out this choice cut from director Signe Baumane’s brilliant The Teat Beat of Sex series.
Director of the Close-Up Film Centre Damien Sanville offers a possible route to a 35mm revival.
Asif Kapadia’s intimate portrait of the late soul singer is too set on driving its own narrative agenda.
Channing Tatum and co’s triumphant return is an endorsement for sexual empowerment, not exploitation.
Channing Tatum leads a troupe of sensitive male strippers in this explosively sexy road trip movie.
In the wake of his untimely death, we remember James Horner’s vital contribution to this family classic.
Adèle Haenel’s ingenue allure elevates Thomas Cailley's sweet-natured survivalist romance.
A recent interview with Marianne Jean-Baptiste has inspired our angry sarcastic side.
It’s possible for a movie to have a positive impact on society and the individual.
Joshua Oppenheimer’s bloodcurdling and brilliant follow-up to his doc smash, The Act of Killing.
This rousing documentary provides a personal, feminist entry point to Nigeria’s pro-Democracy movement.
Anaïs Demoustier and Jérémie Elkaïm are perfectly cast in this rewarding tale of forbidden love.
This monochrome Iranian vampire skater movie announces its director Ana Lily Amirpour as an exciting but wayward talent.
The director of The Great Beauty returns with a gorgeous, flippant comedy on mortality with Michael Caine in the lead.
Pixar’s delightful and sophisticated latest takes us on a dazzling journey into the mind of a child.
Nanni Moretti’s chronicle of the death of a filmmaker’s mother is continuously out of thematic focus.
Asif Kapadia’s melodramatic portrait of the late jazz singer fails to hit all the right notes.
Romanian New Waver Radu Muntean delivers a superlative twist on the murder mystery genre.
Emmanuelle Bercot kicks off this year’s Cannes in blistering style with this sensitive delinquent drama.
The lauded movie composer goes deep on Steven Spielberg, Terrence Malick and Rick Moranis.
Joss Whedon has once again assembled a creamy cast to have a whole lot of fun with the blockbuster template.
LWLies talks to the actor whose star is currently in swift and unstoppable ascent.
Talking household pets are the source of a murderous rampage in Marjane Satrapi’s wicked, comic-tinged slasher movie.
The mercurial Mommy writer/director talks candidly about love, life and superheroes.
The acclaimed British documentarian on Dreamcatcher and why we all need to start standing up to child abuse.
A distractingly contrived two-hander from newcomer Harry Macqueen boasts some robust lead performances.
A return to that sunny outpost for the elderly and infirm ushers lightly diminishing returns.
Despite its lesbian and lepidoptera themes, Peter Strickland’s relationship drama is anchored by universal truths about domestic role-play.
A femme-driven cumming-of-ager with ripe dialogue, nudie montages and a feisty lead in Dakota Johnson.
This glistening pearl from Terrence Malick is a heady, transcendent treatise on love.
Shake, rattle and brawl. A student drummer faces off with his psycho teacher in Damien Chazelle’s pulsating drama.
An enjoyable men-at-sea adventure yarn that falls short of capturing the drama of its true story Scandinavian source.
A timely and powerful exploration into the history of uprising in Africa as seen through the eyes of white liberals.
Much philosophically-inclined gabbing make this Palme d’Or-winning latest from Nuri Bilge Ceylan something of snooze.
Could this satire on the power of propaganda be the greatest third part to a film franchise ever?
Benedict Cumberbatch’s pitch perfect turn as Alan Turing isn’t enough to decipher this remarkable true story.
Timothy Spall grunts his way to glory in Mike Leigh’s elegantly composed portrait of JMW Turner.
LWLies sits for the British cinema icon who doesn’t mince his words to talk Mr Turner.
Bleak stats aside, women are making positive steps towards equality.
The cast of Think Like a Man decamp to Las Vegas with unimaginative and borderline offensive results.
A delightful, comic animation with sophisticated social themes from the makers of ParaNorman and Coraline.
Stranger-than-fiction events power this affirmative, funny and well-cast social drama about solidarity.
The Rover star reflects on his swift transformation into an actor who's always up for a challenge.
Cédric Klapisch rounds off his star-spangled, globe-hopping serial in the Big Apple, with mildly amusing results.
This hard-boiled, unironic revenge thriller is held together by a mesmerising lead performance from Macon Blair.
The itinerant and inquisitive cinephile delivers this moving child-based addendum to his mammoth The Story of Film.
Celebrating the reclusive author whose words have been transformed into one of the year’s most beguiling movies.
A tough, traumatic investigation into widespread rape in the US army by veteran documentarian Kirby Dick.
The French director has finally reached the mainstream with a murder mystery set on a gay nudist beach. LWLies met him.
LWLies gets up close and (too?) personal with the cherished Her director.
Robert Redford gives it his all in director JC Chandor’s sedate seafaring drama.
Abdellatif Kechiche’s passionate lesbian love story is a screen romance that’s built for the long-haul.
This burnished gem from Chile is a rich and poetic character study of a woman on the look out for love.
A noirish Icelandic agains-all-odds survival drama about a man who swims away from an epic shipwreck.