Film reviews and more

Day: 23 June 2012

EIFF 2012: ‘Exit Elena’ review

★★★★☆ Nathan Silver’s Exit Elena (2012) is a beautifully observed, micro budget drama about a newly qualified live-in-nurse and her turbulent experience working for an affluent, middle class American family. Elena (Kia Davis) is hired by Cindy Akerman (Cindy Silver) […]

EIFF 2012: ‘Never Too Late’ review

★★★☆☆ Former music video and television director Ido Fluk premiers his debut feature film, Never Too Late (2012), to UK audiences at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival. A touching and sumptuously fashioned drama about a young man returning to […]

EIFF 2012: ‘Chapiteau Show’ review

★★★★☆ Sergei Loban’s Chapiteau Show (Shapito-shou, 2010) is a sprawling, 207-minute epic tale of interwoven narratives, musical vignettes and surrealist comedy all set in a sun-drenched Crimean holiday resort. A daunting and challenging proposition for any film festival patron, yet […]

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012: Award winners roundup

The wonderful Sheffield Doc/Fest sees off its second summer and its 19th year with some fantastic titles, events and workshops – particularly the opening night double bill of Doc/Fest co-production From the Sea to the Land Beyond (2012) (with live […]

EIFF 2012: ‘The King of Pigs’ review

★★☆☆☆ South Korean director Yeon Sang-ho’s The King of Pigs (Dwae-ji-ui wang, 2011) is a dark and harrowing depiction of school yard bullying and one of only a hand-held selection of full-length animated features at this year’s Edinburgh International Film […]

EIFF 2012: ‘The Imposter’ review

★★★★★ Bart Layton’s The Imposter (2012) is a prime exponent of how fact can sometimes be far stranger than fiction. This delicately constructed documentary tells the remarkable true story of how French con artist Frédéric Bourdin duped a Texan family […]

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012: ‘The Miners’ Hymns’ review

★★★☆☆ In Decasia (2002), experimental American filmmaker Bill Morrison explored the fragility of film by looking at decomposing celluloid. In The Miners’ Hymns (2010), the director does something very similar but on a grander scale. By slowing down archive footage […]

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012: ‘From the Sea to the Land Beyond’

★★★★★ A group of waitresses in starched white uniforms stand awkwardly in a row, fiddling with their hair and giggling nervously by the seaside promenade, unsure whether the camera is taking a photograph or film. This is one of many […]

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012: ‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’ review

★★★★☆ Alison Klayman’s Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (2012) is, like all great documentaries, far wider in scope than merely its subject. It’s a fascinating exploration of the Chinese artist and influential tweeter’s ongoing activism, and raises important and relevant questions […]