On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, looking back at Claude Lanzmann’s French documentary Shoah
Claude Lanzmann's Holocaust documentary Shoah unfolds entirely in the present, and without a trace of background score.
The aesthetics of Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa, whose Vitalina Verala will be screened at Sundance Film Festival 2020
Portuguese auteur Pedro Costa's latest film, Vitalina Varela, was screened at the JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival, and it will play at Sundance, this month
Arturo Ripstein’s Devil Between the Legs, screened at IFFI, deals subversively with sex, jealously and aging
Devil Between the Legs, screened at IFFI, revolves around a couple, Beatriz (Sylvia Pasquel) and her insanely jealous husband (Alejandro Suárez; his character stays unnamed), who suspects that she sleeps around.
Queen of Hearts, Denmark’s Oscar submission that played at IFFI, is a cold take on incest and shattered lives
Queen of Hearts dives into things we don’t even want to think about, and leaves us with questions we cannot even begin to answer.
The Piano Teacher may be the definitive film of Isabelle Huppert, recipient of IFFI’s Lifetime Achievement Award
In a 2018 interview in Independent, Huppert said she doesn’t play roles or characters. “I play states of mind… character is a perception for whoever sees the film but not for myself."
Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida and its non-dramatic drama: What it means for a film style to be 'transcendental'
What is “transcendental” style of cinema? It’s one of the precursors of what we call “slow cinema” today.
Why Gully Boy is the right choice for Oscars: Visibility, international buzz gives the film a real shot
Just a casual glance at the submissions for the Foreign Film Oscar in the last decade reveals how important international cachet is, whether the director himself/herself has that cachet yet.
Kangana Ranaut's public spat with PTI reporter prompts age-old question: Can actors and journalists be friends?
Kangana Ranaut made headlines for a (very public) spat with a journalist at a press conference for her upcoming film Judgemental Hai Kya.
Korean film Ode to My Father is an important reminder that manipulative mainstream cinema just isn't our thing
The Korean culture critic Chin Jung-kwon called Ode to My Father “a low-class tearjerker”. It’s currently the fourth highest-grossing film in South Korean cinema history.
Now that Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite has won the Palme d’Or, let’s look back down the years and see if we can settle on the one Palme d’Or winner to beat all others.
Alain Delon is being awarded the Palme d'Or this year at Cannes — despite the controversy around him as he “is a legendary actor and part of Cannes history”.
Cannes Film Festival: Classics line-up includes a tribute to Lina Wertmüller’s Oscar-nominated Seven Beauties
The Classics line-up also has films by Vittorio De Sica, Milos Forman, Jean Renoir, John Huston, Andrzej Wajda and Tao Jin, along with Mario Sesti’s documentary, Cinecittà – I mestieri del cinema Bernardo Bertolucci
Capharnaüm, directed by Un Certain Regard jury president Nadine Labaki, questions the ethics of having children
This year’s jury president of Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Film Festival is Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, whose film Capharnaüm was part of last year’s Competition and won the Jury Prize.
The Circle, the 2000 Iranian film, helped Super Deluxe director Thiagarajan Kumararaja get over the 'what should I make next?' question
On World Poetry Day, Baradwaj Rangan revisits Il Postino, Michael Radford's 1994 masterpiece, which imagines a fictional friendship between Pablo Neruda and a shy postman
Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan's work often contains queer themes.
Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang (Turkish, 2015) is a typical "women's film" with tropes that include empowering women, and helping them break free of oppresive structures. But what about the not-so-obvious "women's film" like Agnès Varda’s Le Bonheur (French, 1965)?
On Valentine’s Day, filmmakers' 'love letters' to each other — from Wes Anderson on Ray to Del Toro on Hitchcock
This Valentine’s Day, let’s celebrate love differently.
Celebrating Berlinale Jury President Juliette Binoche and The Widow of Saint-Pierre, one of her more mainstream films
After Cate Blanchett was named President of the Jury at Cannes last year, another acclaimed actress, Juliette Binoche, is the President of the Jury at this year’s Berlinale.
For a while now, I’ve been meaning to write about Yorgos Lanthimos — and the time is right now, what with Dogtooth turning ten and The Favourite becoming an awards-season favourite.