Martin Scorsese’s recent essay on Federico Fellini makes a very important point about what cinema is
When you see certain films, you sense the presence of a director. And to me, that is the crux of defining “cinema”: whether it’s been made by a “director”.
International Film Festival of Rotterdam: In Dear Comrades!, Andrei Konchalovsky’s record of the Novocherkassk massacre
What is the real “truth” behind the Novocherkassk massacre? Russian filmmaker Andrei Konchalovsky's latest film — premiering at International Film Festival of Rotterdam — explores this in detail.
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.
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.
Extase, Czech film by Gustav Machatý from 1933, and its continuous connection with Venice Film Festival.
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”.
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.
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.
Every day, we hear about some hot new Netflix show that we just cannot afford to miss, and it’s become harder to find the time to watch that Godard classic you’ve been meaning to catch up on.
On Ozu’s birth and death anniversary, a look at Tokyo Story and the Yōji Yamada remake, Tokyo Family
Several of Ozu’s films are regarded classics, but perhaps the one that comes up the most is Tokyo Story (1953).