UK cinema release 11 July 2014 / DVD & Blu-ray 19 January 2015
Richard Linklater, USA
Richard Linklater’s film hinges on the tension between past, present and future and wears its long production and philosophical heft lightly. It feels as effortless as breathing. Precious little happens, yet everything does.
— Ryan Gilbey
Read Ashley Clark’s review
Watch kogonada’s video essay The long conversation: Richard Linklater on cinema and time
Goodbye to Language (Adieu au langage, 2014)
2. Goodbye to Language 3D
UK festival release 13 October 2014 (London Film Festival) / UK cinema release 2015 tbc
(Adieu au langage) Jean-Luc Godard, France
Godard’s retina-invigorating ciné-poem… the densest but also the most cinema-bending film on the Riviera, one which made the entire audience squint, blink and panic in unison.
— Isabel Stevens, S&S July 2014
Read Nick Pinkerton’s review
Read Nick Roddick’s Cannes blog post
Ah Dieu, puns Jean-Luc Dogard
UK release date 7 November 2014 in cinemas and on VoD / DVD & Blu-ray 12 January 2015
Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia
Balances the universality the director has always striven for with a brilliantly etched microcosm of the lawlessness that grips Russia today, where patronage, profiteering and power are intertwined.
— Ian Christie, S&S December 2014
Read Ryan Gilbey’s review
Read Geoff Andrew’s Cannes blog post Big fish to fry
Horse Money (Cavalo dinheiro, 2014)
=3. Horse Money
UK festival release 16/18 October 2014 (London Film Festival)
(Cavalo Dinheiro) Pedro Costa, Portugal
Brazen when it comes to bending cinema’s usual rules about the time and space(s) that characters occupy… a collision between cinematic history and authentic stories of suffering.
— Jason Anderson, S&S December 2014
5. Under the Skin
UK cinema release 14 March 2014 / DVD & Blu-ray 14 July 2014
Jonathan Glazer, United Kingdom/USA/Switzerland
I’ve been waiting most of my life for a film that combined the sensibilities of Tarkovsky and Norman J. Warren. Under the Skin was worth the wait. It still haunts me, and I suspect it always will.
— Matthew Sweet
Read Samuel Wigley’s review
Read Away from the picture: Mica Levi on her Under the Skin soundtrack
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2013)
6. The Grand Budapest Hotel
UK cinema release 7 March 2014 / DVD & Blu-ray 7 July 2014
Wes Anderson, USA/Germany
Anderson’s most complete fabrication yet, a fanatically
and fantastically detailed, sugar-iced, calorie-stuffed, gleefully overripe Sachertorte of a film.
— Philip Kemp, S&S March 2014
Read Philip Kemp’s review
Winter Sleep (Kis uykusu, 2014)
7. Winter Sleep
UK cinema release 21 November 2014 / DVD & Blu-ray XX 2015
(Kis uykusu) Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey/France/Germany
Without doubt a formidably achieved, intellectually substantial drama… when Winter Sleep comes alive, it is as
powerful and suggestive as any Ceylan film.
— Jonathan Romney, S&S December 2014
Read Jonathan Romney’s review
8. The Tribe
UK festival release 15/17 October 2014 (London Film Festival) / UK cinema release 2015 tbc
(Plemya) Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Ukraine
Set in a school for deaf teenagers, it reimagines the language of sight and sound (or the absence of sound) in cinema to startlingly original effect; you watch and listen in a way that’s entirely fresh and unfamiliar.
— Jonathan Romney
UK release date 26 September 2014 in cinemas and on VoD
Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland/Denmark/France/United Kingdom
A spare, haunting piece of minimalism… crafted with deceptive simplicity, riven with uncertainty… its indelible images are a stark reminder of Bazin’s dictum that film itself is a kind of miracle.
— Catherine Wheatley, S&S October 2014
Read Catherine Wheatley’s review
UK festival release 17/19 October 2014 (London Film Festival) / UK cinema release 2015 tbc
Lisandro Alonso, Argentina/Denmark/USA
Jauja is such a marvellous experience: it shows that film is a medium that can lock up a history (or memories or dreams or nightmares) inside it, then release it in all the splendour of Patagonian skies.
— Kong Rithdee
Read Adrian Martin’s review
Read Thirza Wakefield’s London Film Festival blog post Viggo goes west