Festivals

The ghosts of the Transylvania International Film Festival

By Tim Brinkhof

A dispatch from TIFF 2022, and how the past looms large over Romanian film culture.

The BFI’s new Film on Film Festival is a celluloid fetishist’s dream

By Charles Bramesco

The 2023 proceedings will feature a bevy of classics projected on good ol’ 35mm, 16mm, and 70mm.

Mother and Son – first-look review

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Léonor Serraille comes good with her novelistic second feature about an immigrant family fighting for survival in France.

Showing Up – first-look review

By Caitlin Quinlan

Michelle Williams excels as a sculptor whose attention is sapped by colleagues and family in Kelly Reichardt’s ambient social satire.

Pacifiction – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Albert Serra returns with an apocalyptic saga set in Tahiti in one of his most accomplished and mature films to date.

Close – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Lukas Dhont’s second feature focuses on the friendship between two boys, and the tragedy that changes the trajectory of their lives.

Broker – first-look review

By Charles Bramesco

A woman who leaves her infant son in a Busan “baby box” finds an unexpected family in Hirokazu Koreeda’s tender drama.

The Stars at Noon – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Claire Denis adapts Denis Johnson’s 1986 novel about love in a time of revolution – with fascinating, if not entirely successful, results.

Leila’s Brothers – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Saeed Roustayi’s panoramic melodrama of a poverty-stricken Tehran family in the midst of disintegration is a knockout.

Paris Memories – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Alice Winocour draws on her brother’s experiences of the 2015 Bataclan attack to create a drama about recovering from trauma.

Fogo Fatuo – first-look review

By Charles Bramesco

A man on his deathbed recounts his youth as a firefighter in João Pedro Rodrigues’ striking queer feature.

Domingo and the Mist – first-look review

By Ryan Coleman

A Costa Rican man resists attempts to destroy his home in director Ariel Escalante Meza’s mystical drama.

Love According to Dalva – first-look review

By Alexandria Slater

Emmanuelle Nicot paints an achingly beautiful portrait of friendship, recovery and identity through a young girl’s sexual abuse story.

Tori and Lokita – first-look review

By Mark Asch

The Dardenne brothers return with a harrowing story of human trafficking in Belgium, centring on two young migrants.

The Silent Twins – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Letitia Wright and Tamara Lawrance star in Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s ambitious but flawed biographical feature.

De Humani Corporis Fabrica – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s humanist portrait of care, surgery and technology is one of the highlights of Cannes 2022.

Sick of Myself – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

A narcissistic couple engage in a constant game of one-upmanship in Kristoffer Borgli’s disappointingly one-note feature.

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