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  • Encounters 2013: Swiss Encounters

    Harriet Warman finds notes of electro-psychedelic-ambient Dadaism, abstract football fandom, perilous femininity and existential hopelessness in a Swiss buffet at this year’s Bristol short-film expo.

    Harriet Warman
    Thursday 3 October 2013

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  • Encounters 2013: Best of British (live action)

    Dylan Cave on a septet of standouts at this year’s Bristol short-film festival, featuring old people, young people, a house and a stick.

    Dylan Cave
    Wednesday 2 October 2013

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  • Berwick 2013: border tensions

    This year’s Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival took aim at the boundaries between films and installation art, as well as between Berwick and its North Sea neighbours, reports Michael Pattison.

    Michael Pattison
    Tuesday 1 October 2013

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  • FrightFest 2013: epic critics’ roundtable post-mortem

    Anton Bitel, Kim Newman and Virginie Selavy emerge from the UK’s leading horror film festival with 41 films in the bag.

    Anton Bitel, Kim Newman, Virginie Sélavy
    Thursday 26 September 2013

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  • BFI London Film Festival 2013: 
30 recommendations

    With vampires and folkies, stories from Mexico, the Philippines and Yorkshire, the BFI LFF 2013 is as multifarious as ever. Here are our favourite films so far.

    Sight & Sound Editors
    Friday 13 September 2013

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  • Fantasia 2013: Montreal’s monster convocation

    From Vietnamese martial arts / sex melodrama / musicals to Richard Stanley’s forays around Cathar country, mumblegore entryists and the exploits of horror’s knight-errant Andrzej Zulawski, fantasy cinema once again consumed Canada’s second city this summer, reports Nick Pinkerton.

    Nick Pinkerton
    Thursday 12 September 2013

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  • Venice 2013: come in, come out of the sun

    More waterlogged poise from Taiwan’s Tsai Ming-Liang, castration fun from Kim Ki-Duk and winning portraits of directors Sam Fuller, James Benning and Richard Linklater stood out on a slow Lido, reports Nick James.

    Nick James
    Thursday 12 September 2013

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  • Venice 2013: truth, lies and admin – American documentaries on the Lido

    The University of Berkeley hosts Fred Wiseman’s entreaty for open communication – while Errol Morris and Alex Gibney hit the big American stone walls of Donald Rumsfeld and Lance Armstrong, finds Ashley Clark.

    Ashley Clark
    Monday 9 September 2013

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  • Venice 2013: week one high-water marks

    Nick James on grim Greek tragedy Miss Violence, Tokyo prostitution fable The Shape of Night and Kelly Reichardt’s Night Movies at a Biennale otherwise overshadowed by its own past glories.

    Nick James
    Tuesday 3 September 2013

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  • Blowing their own alphorn: Swiss musical documentaries

    A sidebar at this year’s New Horizons film festival in Wrocław showcased another Swiss specialism: putting on film the world’s music and sounds, at home and abroad. Agnieszka Gratza reports.

    Agnieszka Gratza
    Friday 23 August 2013

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