Festivals

Julie Keeps Quiet – first-look review

By David Jenkins

A young tennis star refuses to open about an abusive coach in Leonardo Van Dijl’s impressive feature debut.

Emilia Perez – first-look review

By David Jenkins

This ghastly musical melodrama from Jacques Audiard tells of a Mexican cartel bosses’s gender affirming surgery.

Caught by the Tides – first-look review

By David Jenkins

The Chinese maestro delivers his greatest film in this cut-and-paste jukebox musical melodrama.

The Surfer – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

Nicolas Cage stars as a man who comes a cropper of a local surfer gang in Lorcan Finnigan's unsuccessful psychological thriller.

Oh, Canada – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

A celebrated documentary filmmaker makes a deathbed confession in Paul Schrader's adaptation of Russell Bank's novel Foregone.

Kinds of Kindness – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Yorgos Lanthimos returns with another scorcher in this innovative and darkly comic trio of films about spiritual domination.

Megalopolis – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Ignore the haters – this is the kaleidoscopic, enriching, Wellsian vision of a grand old master with nothing to lose.

Bird – first-look review

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Andrea Arnold returns with a flighty kitchen sink reverie that sadly falls from grace in a muddled second half.

On Becoming A Guinea Fowl – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

The death of a beloved uncle in a middle-class Zambian family brings some difficult truths to light in Rungano Nyoni's surreal second feature.

The Girl with the Needle – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Magnus Von Horn brings subtlety and empathy to the serial killer genre in this extraordinary true-life yarn.

Wild Diamond – first-look review

By Hannah Strong

A young woman with her heart set on social media stardom gets a shot at fame when she's offered an audition for a reality series in Agathe Riedinger's feature debut.

The Second Act – first-look review

By David Jenkins

The opening film of the 2024 Cannes Film Festival offers a limp metafictional critique of the modern film industry.

Building community through creativity, Queer East Film Festival comes of age

By Cici Peng

Guest curator Cici Peng reflects on the remarkably programming on offer at the fifth edition, offering a mixture of screenings and immersive events that shift ideas of what a festival can be.

Bodies in motion: a report from CPH:DOX 2024

By Savina Petkova

One of the world’s most important documentary festival delivers a host of very fine films as well as some flim-flammy political statements.

Here’s what it’s like to be part of programming a film festival

By Madeleine Storer

How do programmers assess films for a festival selection? We find out from one of the Oxford University Student Film Festival team.

Cannes Film Festival 2024: the full line-up

By David Jenkins

Yorgos Lanthimos, David Cronenberg and Francis Ford Coppola roll out for France's premiere film jamboree.

My First Film – first-look review

By Savina Petkova

In her intriguing debut feature, director Zia Anger attempts to exorcise the ghost of a long-abandoned filmmaking venture.

Community and creativity thrive at Finland’s Tampere Film Festival

By Hannah Strong

At Northern Europe's oldest short film festival, cinephiles from around the world come together to declare small is beautiful – be it in the sauna or on the ice.

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