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  • Ghost pictures: five phantom finds at FID Marseille 2016

    Past and present alike haunted these five wilfully unmouldable finds at France’s festival of anti-formulaic anything-goes, writes Michael Pattison.

    Michael Pattison
    Thursday 21 July 2016

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  • Regrouping, again: Lizzie Borden’s “diabolical hour” comes around

    Forty years after Lizzie Borden put away her radically feminist, reflexive portrait of four artists in a women’s group, the film has more to say to us than ever, says Sophie Mayer.

    Sophie Mayer
    Wednesday 20 July 2016

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  • A festival in the crowd: some highlights of Edinburgh 2016

    Two top fiction scoops from Venice (The Fits) and Rotterdam (Suntan), some passably intriguing documentaries and a handful of offbeat event-films and happenings were the best of a festival still searching for its new niche, says Nick James.

    Nick James
    Wednesday 20 July 2016

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  • Crossing a line? Character-filmmaker collusions at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016

    From John Berger’s friends in Quincy to Mark Duggan’s friends in London, a hip hop wannabe in Iran to an animal-rights crusader in America, many of this year’s Doc/Fest characters and filmmakers seemed more or less hand in glove, for better or worse, reports Ben Nicholson.

    Ben Nicholson
    Friday 8 July 2016

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  • Deeper, longer, realer: VR at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016

    There was some serious second-wave virtual-reality ambition on show this year at Doc/Fest’s ever-burgeoning Alternate Realities showcase, reports Marisol Grandon – if you could get a headset to find out.

    Marisol Grandon
    Friday 8 July 2016

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  • Screen or scream? Fight or flight? Penny Woolcock and Ross McElwee on the perils of festivals

    As they prepare for work-in-progress screenings at the Otherfield Film Festival on a farm in Suffolk, filmmakers Penny Woolcock and Ross McElwee remember the kinds of festival experience they’d like to get away from.

    Penny Woolcock, Ross McElwee
    Friday 8 July 2016

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  • Warland of hypnosis and knowledge: Ukraine in the mirror

    “Divided in mind” as well as in identity, Ukrainians get to see themselves on screen at their DocuDays film festival, which has valiantly nurtured a media-savvy audience over the past 14 years. This year, of course, provided plenty to open eyes and minds, reports Eero Tammi.

    Eero Tammi
    Monday 20 June 2016

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  • Look back in wonder: FLARE 2016 critics’ roundtable

    On its thirtieth anniversary, the erstwhile London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival had plenty to reflect on, from biopics and revionist histories and rereleases to the new places queer cinema is going. Claire Kurylowski, Sophie Mayer and Ben Walters share notes in this podcast.

    Claire Kurylowski, Sophie Mayer, Ben Walters
    Monday 20 June 2016

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  • Closer: Sundance London 2016

    After three years in the hinterlands and a year off to take stock, the premiere US indie showcase finally popped up in the heart of the capital with a hit-and-miss taster programme of premieres and talks. So what kind of outreach is this, asks Simran Hans?

    Simran Hans
    Thursday 16 June 2016

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  • The rise of female documentary makers in Mexico

    Mexico may not be the easiest country in which to be a woman, and its cinema’s pecking order is as macho as most. But at this year’s Ambulante documentary festival, six female-directed finds show the country’s subordinate sex finding its voice, reports Neil Young.

    Neil Young
    Friday 10 June 2016

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