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Berlin 2013: ‘Layla Fourie’ review

★★☆☆☆ Swedish/South African director Pia Marais has garnered a small, yet loyal following on the festival circuit thanks to her assured debut The Unpolished (2007) and its confident follow-up At Ellen’s Age (2010). Her third feature, […]

Berlin 2013: ‘Vic + Flo Saw a Bear’ review

★★☆☆☆ Denis Côté’s Vic + Flo Saw a Bear ( Vic et Flo ont vu un ours, 2013) is the follow-up to the experimental French Canadian director’s zoo doc, Bestiaire (2012). A detached and ultimately soulless […]

DVD Review: ‘Borgen Series 2’

★★★★☆ BBC Four have been reaping in high viewing figures after their early recognition of Nordic Noir programming, and can now add Borgen to their success list. While Wallander, The Killing and The Bridge all centred […]

DVD Review: ‘Beasts of the Southern Wild’

★★★★☆ A surprise inclusion in many categories at this year’s Academy Awards, Benh Zeitlin’s debut feature Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) arrives on DVD and Blu-ray this week with a great deal of critical fanfare. […]

Berlin 2013: ‘Fynbos’ review

★★★☆☆ Harry Patramanis’ Fynbos (2012) is an enigmatic parable for modern South Africa’s evolution away from its troubled past. A tense and atmospheric thriller-of-sorts, Patramanis’ assured debut captivates through its hypnotic rhythm, yet remains a strangely […]

Berlin 2013: ‘A Single Shot’ review

★★★☆☆ Based on Matthew F. Jones’ dark and atmospheric novel of the same name, David M. Rosenthal’s A Single Shot (2013) finally makes it’s debut at this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Staring US actor Sam Rockwell […]

Berlin 2013: ‘For Marx’ review

★★★★☆ A starkly-shot Russian addition to the Berlinale’s Forum section, Svetlana Baskova’s For Marx (Za Marksa, 2013) might not have much cinematic polish, but what it lacks in looks it makes up for with a thorough exploration […]