By Tim Brinkhof
A dispatch from TIFF 2022, and how the past looms large over Romanian film culture.
The 2023 proceedings will feature a bevy of classics projected on good ol’ 35mm, 16mm, and 70mm.
Léonor Serraille comes good with her novelistic second feature about an immigrant family fighting for survival in France.
Michelle Williams excels as a sculptor whose attention is sapped by colleagues and family in Kelly Reichardt’s ambient social satire.
Albert Serra returns with an apocalyptic saga set in Tahiti in one of his most accomplished and mature films to date.
Lukas Dhont’s second feature focuses on the friendship between two boys, and the tragedy that changes the trajectory of their lives.
A woman who leaves her infant son in a Busan “baby box” finds an unexpected family in Hirokazu Koreeda’s tender drama.
Saeed Roustayi’s panoramic melodrama of a poverty-stricken Tehran family in the midst of disintegration is a knockout.
Alice Winocour draws on her brother’s experiences of the 2015 Bataclan attack to create a drama about recovering from trauma.
A man on his deathbed recounts his youth as a firefighter in João Pedro Rodrigues’ striking queer feature.
By Ryan Coleman
A Costa Rican man resists attempts to destroy his home in director Ariel Escalante Meza’s mystical drama.
Emmanuelle Nicot paints an achingly beautiful portrait of friendship, recovery and identity through a young girl’s sexual abuse story.
Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance star in Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s ambitious but flawed biographical feature.
Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s humanist portrait of care, surgery and technology is one of the highlights of Cannes 2022.
A narcissistic couple engage in a constant game of one-upmanship in Kristoffer Borgli’s disappointingly one-note feature.