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  • 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


  • 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


  • Always for pleasure: the adventures of Bill and Turner Ross

    Two prodigies of American documentary’s digital revolution, the Ross brothers beckon you aboard their wagon. Robert Greene is on already.

    Robert Greene
    Wednesday 22 June 2016


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • The new guard: an interview with the new heads of Sheffield Doc/Fest

    With a new leadership team in place, can the UK’s top showcase for nonfiction film replenish itself, asks Nick Bradshaw?

    Nick Bradshaw
    Friday 10 June 2016


  • Carla Lane, 1928–2016

    Liverpool’s great sitcom tragi-comedist, co-writer of The Liver Birds, Bread and Butterflies, has died at the age of 87, writes Lisa Kerrigan.

    Lisa Kerrigan
    Wednesday 1 June 2016


  • Outside in: creative cinematic documentary comes to the UK

    Taking inspiration from founts of nonfiction heterodoxy like CPH:DOX and True/False, the ICA’s Frames of Representation festival found a ready audience for its inaugural eight-film showcase of documentary ‘new visions’ from less beaten corners of the world, reports Ben Nicholson.

    Ben Nicholson
    Friday 27 May 2016


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