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    Cannes 2017 preview: Pleasures of the fresh

    Some new names alongside the regulars, a renewed interest in politics, and a bunch of thrillers: Cannes 2017 looks like a cracker, says Nick James.

    Nick James
    Tuesday 16 May 2017

    Festivals

  • Jonathan Demme obituary: a cinema of heart and soul, funk and fight

    From the Roger Corman pumphouse to The Silence of the Lambs’s Oscar triumph, Stop Making Sense’s concert-doc ingenuity to portraits of social-justice fighters, Jonathan Demme left a legacy of richly independent movies celebrating life’s underdogs, writes David Thompson.

    David Thompson
    Tuesday 9 May 2017

    Obituaries

  • Factory records: workers of the world, across 11 new documentaries

    The latest nonfiction movie forays showcased in the ICA’s second Frames of Representation festival explore modern regimes of labour, physical discipline and social control, says Ben Nicholson.

    Ben Nicholson
    Thursday 27 April 2017

    Festivals

  • Feet in the water: Flatpack 2017 goes back to nature

    From a canal-focused Gongoozling Day to celebrations of film naturalists Jean Painlevé and F. Percy Smith, the 11th Flatpack Film Festival transported audiences on a series of hypnotic encounters with nature and the aquatic, reports Thirza Wakefield.

    Thirza Wakefield
    Wednesday 26 April 2017

    Festivals

  • Ishtar, Elaine May and the road not taken

    This misunderstood 1980s comedy critiqued 1980s American foreign policy and parodied male narcissism, which is probably why it also destroyed its director’s career, writes Brad Stevens.

    Brad Stevens
    Monday 24 April 2017

    Bradlands

  • The great escape: ten of the best at Sci-Fi-London 2017

    Whether flying to the stars or simply getting out of your skull, this year’s festival offers several opportunities for a virtual getaway, writes Anton Bitel.

    Anton Bitel
    Thursday 20 April 2017

    Festivals

  • Children of the coup: Chilean cinema after Pinochet

    A retrospective of 21st-century Chilean film at the Seminci Film Festival in Spain revealed how the national cinema has flourished and diversified in the post-Pinochet era. If only these exciting films could be seen in the rest of the world, says Mar Diestro-Dópido.

    Mar Diestro-Dópido
    Thursday 6 April 2017

    Festivals

  • Podcast: three critics discuss the best of BFI Flare 2017

    Alex Davidson, Sophie Mayer and Ben Walters discuss the best of the year’s London LGBT film fiesta – from the half-century commemoration of the Sexual Offences Act to The Untamed’s alien sex octopus.

    Alex Davidson, Sophie Mayer, Ben Walters
    Friday 31 March 2017

    Festivals

  • VOD rules? The pick of SXSW Film 2017

    The dominance of view-on-demand services’ patronage seems to be a concern as much as an opportunity at Texas’s South by Southwest Film Festival, reports Nick Roddick. Still, two standout first features – Tragedy Girls and Hot Summer Nights – excellently break the mould.

    Nick Roddick
    Thursday 30 March 2017

    Festivals

  • The no-label festival: True/False 2017 and the politics of programming

    Missouri’s eclectic True/False Film Festival made its name levelling the differences between documentary and fiction, mainstream movies and the cinematic margins. Might it show us the way to break down the divisions amongst audiences too, asks Charlie Lyne?

    Charlie Lyne
    Thursday 23 March 2017

    Festivals

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