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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

    Festivals

  • 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

    Festivals

  • Mania Akbari on Close-up

    The filmmaker Mania Akbari, who played the driver-protagonist of Abbas Kiarostami’s Ten in 2002, remembers her first encounter with his life-changing cinema.

    Mania Akbari
    Friday 8 July 2016

    Obituaries

  • 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

    Festivals

  • 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

    Festivals

  • Abbas and me

    Geoff Andrew remembers the private side of the late Abbas Kiarostami.

    Geoff Andrew
    Wednesday 6 July 2016

    Obituaries

  • Abbas Kiarostami, 1940-2016

    The most celebrated of Iranian filmmakers, Abbas Kiarostami expanded the frame of documentary and narrative fiction forms in human dramas that resonated with international audiences, writes Ehsan Koshbakht.

    Ehsan Khoshbakht
    Tuesday 5 July 2016

    Obituaries

  • Michael Cimino, 1939-2016

    Tom Charity on the Oscar-winning writer-director of The Deer Hunter and Heaven’s Gate: an artist whose extravagance served to shut the door on Hollywood’s 1970s golden age.

    Tom Charity
    Tuesday 5 July 2016

    Obituaries

  • Robin Hardy, 1929-2016

    Vic Pratt remembers the director of The Wicker Man, an indefatigable creative communicator and joker.

    Vic Pratt
    Tuesday 5 July 2016

    Obituaries

  • Home of the weak: Out of the Past and four ways of framing film noir

    How can we define films noir? Are they really all about fatalism, and gynophobia – or could the richest of them actually hint at what it means to lose the rat race, asks Brad Stevens?

    Brad Stevens
    Thursday 30 June 2016

    Bradlands

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