All articles by Ela Bittencourt

Reviews

Souad tears apart two Egyptian sisters

Ayten Amin’s delicately balanced film deals with the disconnect between real and online lives, in an exploration of gender expectations and their psychological impact.

By Ela Bittencourt

Souad tears apart two Egyptian sisters
Reviews

Sweat weighs up the emotional cost of physical excellence

By Ela Bittencourt

Sweat weighs up the emotional cost of physical excellence
Reviews

Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation shows two great American writers as friends and rivals

By Ela Bittencourt

Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation shows two great American writers as friends and rivals
Festivals

What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? is a Georgian romance with Kafkaesque quirks

By Ela Bittencourt

What Do We See When We Look at the Sky? is a Georgian romance with Kafkaesque quirks
Festivals

Gritt follows a woman’s self-destructive, determined dreams of artistic glory

By Ela Bittencourt

Gritt follows a woman’s self-destructive, determined dreams of artistic glory
Reviews

Dead Pigs entwines social satire and family drama amongst the simulacra of modern China

By Ela Bittencourt

Dead Pigs entwines social satire and family drama amongst the simulacra of modern China
Festivals

Censor splices cut-throat video nasty violence with smart social commentary

By Ela Bittencourt

Censor splices cut-throat video nasty violence with smart social commentary
The best of 2020

The Woman Who Ran turns circles telling stories

By Ela Bittencourt

The Woman Who Ran turns circles telling stories
Lists

The female gaze: 100 overlooked films directed by women

By Isabel Stevens, Bryony Dixon and others

The female gaze: 100 overlooked films directed by women
News

Fifty years of feminist cinema at the Berlinale: still waiting for a revolution

By Ela Bittencourt

Fifty years of feminist cinema at the Berlinale: still waiting for a revolution
Reviews

The Tango of the Widower and Its Distorting Mirror review: Rául Ruiz torments a professor from beyond the grave

By Ela Bittencourt

The Tango of the Widower and Its Distorting Mirror review: Rául Ruiz torments a professor from beyond the grave
News

Nine discoveries from the 2020 Berlinale

By Ela Bittencourt, Jamie Dunn and others

Nine discoveries from the 2020 Berlinale
Reviews

Ten of the best from Sundance 2020

By Ela Bittencourt, Anjana Janardhan and others

Ten of the best from Sundance 2020
News

Four cosmic journeys at Toronto’s Wavelengths 2019

By Ela Bittencourt

Four cosmic journeys at Toronto’s Wavelengths 2019
The best of 2020

Saint Maud: a heady British horror duet, up close and devoted

By Ela Bittencourt

Saint Maud: a heady British horror duet, up close and devoted
Reviews

The Cave review: a painterly portrait of Ghouta’s last, unwavering doctor

By Ela Bittencourt

The Cave review: a painterly portrait of Ghouta’s last, unwavering doctor
The best of 2020

Rocks follows a London girl growing up fast and letting go slowly

By Ela Bittencourt

Rocks follows a London girl growing up fast and letting go slowly
Reviews

Rocks review: Sarah Gavron follows a London girl growing up fast and letting go slowly

By Ela Bittencourt

Rocks review: Sarah Gavron follows a London girl growing up fast and letting go slowly
Features

Radical histories: Lis Rhodes at Nottingham Contemporary

By Ela Bittencourt

Radical histories: Lis Rhodes at Nottingham Contemporary
Reviews

For the Money first look: a satirical swing at the commercial side of creativity

By Ela Bittencourt

For the Money first look: a satirical swing at the commercial side of creativity
Reviews

Litigante review: Franco Lolli puts motherhood on trial

By Ela Bittencourt

Litigante review: Franco Lolli puts motherhood on trial
News

What should have won the 2019 Cannes Palme d’Or?

By Isabel Stevens, Nick James and others

What should have won the 2019 Cannes Palme d’Or?
News

The films of Márta Mészáros: power, feminism and transindividuality

By Ela Bittencourt

The films of Márta Mészáros: power, feminism and transindividuality
Interviews

Jacek Petrycki: the struggles I’ve filmed

By Ela Bittencourt

Jacek Petrycki: the struggles I’ve filmed