San Sebastian Film Festival

Un Amor – first-look review

By David Jenkins

This steamy and giddily uneven rural romance from Spanish filmmaker Isabel Coixet is almost saved by Laia Costa’s committed central performance.

Kalak – first-look review

By David Jenkins

This Greenland-set drama from Danish director Isabella Eklöf, about a husband and father dealing with the trauma of abuse, makes for oppressively grim and only occasionally revelatory viewing.

A Silence – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Reliable Belgian director Joachim Lafosse serves up more lurid scandal sheet fodder in this dismal tale of a wife and mother trying to sweep her husband’s vile transgressions under the rug.

Ex-Husbands – first-look review

By David Jenkins

Amiable American comedy of dented male egos in which Griffin Dunne’s recent divorcee accidentally crashes his son's bachelor party.

MMXX – first-look review

By David Jenkins

The latest from Romanian filmmaker Cristi Puiu comprises four salty slices of pandemic-era life which range from the outwardly comic to the overtly grizzly.

Something You Said Last Night – first-look review

By Marina Ashioti

Luis De Filippis' film is a great addition to a transgender cinematic canon in that it refuses to rely on overt explorations of trauma.

1976 – first-look review

By Marina Ashioti

This searingly intense character study sees a woman questioning her cosy bourgeois lifestyle in Pinochet’s Chile.

Benediction – first-look review

By Adam Woodward

Terence Davies’ handsome biopic of the poet Siegfried Sassoon is a lament for lost youth and stolen love.

Is de-ageing technology the way forward for the time-spanning epic?

By Lillian Crawford

Two films at the San Sebastian Film Festival showcase a more old school way of depicting the bittersweet passage of time.

Zeroville – first look review

By Lillian Crawford

An intended orgy of cinephile pleasure translates as a misguided and misbegotten dud in James Franco’s long-delayed Hollywood satire.

Bad Times at the El Royale – first look review

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

An A-list ensemble headlines writer/director Drew Goddard’s sensational follow-up to The Cabin in the Woods.

Look out for this masterclass in naturalistic screen acting

By Sophie Monks Kaufman

Zama star Lola Dueñas gives an astonishing central performance in Journey to a Mother’s Room.

Colossal – first look review

By Ross McDonnell

A drunk Anne Hathaway wreaks havoc in South Korea in this brilliant, utterly bizarre monster movie.

A controversial new film confronts the horrors of child abduction

By Ross McDonnell

Polish director Bartosz M Kowalski’s Playground graphically depicts the murder of a toddler.

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