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  • Reality and the red carpet: Hot Docs 2014

    At North America’s biggest documentary festival, nonfiction generously extends to more or less thorny matters of fame, media frenzies, pantomimes and hoopla, finds Adam Nayman.

    Adam Nayman
    Monday 12 May 2014

    Festivals

  • The owl’s legacy: in memory of Chris Marker

    Chris Marker was so much more than just a ‘documentary filmmaker’. He was photographer, essayist, activist, cartoonist, interactive pioneer – and mentor. Catherine Lupton, Agnès Varda, Thom Anderson, Chris Petit and more pay tribute.

    Catherine Lupton , Thom Andersen , Chris Petit , Jem Cohen , John Gianvito , Patrick Keiller , Sarah Turner , Kodwo Eshun , José Luis Guerín , Agnès Varda
    Friday 9 May 2014

    Features

  • Film of the week: Frank

    Lenny Abrahamson’s biopic manqué of Frank Sidebottom shows us the impenetrable layers of papier-mâché between us and our heroes, says Ryan Gilbey.

    Ryan Gilbey
    Friday 9 May 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Free anime: Mizue Mirai, wizard of blobs and blocks

    Japan’s answer to the likes of Oskar Fischinger and Norman McLaren talks to Jasper Sharp about his synaesthetic “cell animation”, why he hand-draws computer-animated lookalikes and his one-man Exquisite corpse-style motion epic Wonder.

    Jasper Sharp
    Friday 9 May 2014

    Interviews

  • In pictures: British film talent gathers for Cannes send-off

    Dominic West, Freddie Fox, Imelda Staunton, Timothy Spall, Mike Leigh and Ben Wheatley are among the stars and filmmakers who joined us to toast the British presence at this year’s Cannes Film Festival at our pre-festival ‘send-off’ lunch.

    Friday 9 May 2014

    Features

  • Review: The Wind Rises

    Studio Ghibli’s Miyazaki Hayao signs off with a deeply personal paean to flight – and deeply ambiguous portrait of the artist as blinkered visionary. But what are his obligations to history, asks Andrew Osmond?

    Andrew Osmond
    Friday 9 May 2014

    Reviews and recommendations

  • Hitchcock and Chaplin celebrated as great Londoners on the London Eye

    Alfred Hitchcock and Charlie Chaplin are among the 32 London-born luminaries championed on a celebratory journey on the London Eye.

    Bryony Dixon , Nathalie Morris
    Thursday 8 May 2014

    Features

  • 10 great films about masks

    In the guise of a tie-in with the release of Frank, starring Michael Fassbender as masked singer Frank Sidebottom, we celebrate the rich history of masks on screen.

    Michael Brooke
    Thursday 8 May 2014

    Lists

  • Tom at the Farm out on BFI Player from 9 May

    A young man finds himself embroiled in a dangerous game of deception in Xavier Dolan’s acclaimed psychological thriller, available on the BFI Player from Friday 9 May.

    Thursday 8 May 2014

    Announcements

  • Major BFI projects announced to mark First World War centenary

    The BFI launches a five-year programme of screenings, archive restorations and events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War. 

    Tuesday 6 May 2014

    Features

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