Film reviews and more

Day: 7 September 2013

LFF 2013: Full programme announced

This morning at London’s Odeon Leicester Square, the British Film Institute announced the full programme for the 57th BFI London Film Festival, a twelve-day extravaganza showcasing the very best in upcoming mainstream, world and experimental cinema. […]

Venice 2013: ‘Sacro GRA’ wins the Golden Lion

The Venice Golden Lion returned to the host country after fifteen years this evening with Gianfranco Rosi’s biography of a Rome ring road, Sacro GRA, picking up the festival’s top prize. Renowned director Bernardo Bertolucci and […]

Venice 2013: ‘Memphis’ review

★★★☆☆ Timothy Sutton’s second film, Memphis (2013) – in show at this year’s Venice Film Festival – is a meditation into music, “God-given” talent and madness starring and scored by Willis Earl Beal. Beal, a fascinating […]

Venice 2013: ‘Stray Dogs’ review

★★☆☆☆ Tsai Ming-liang, joint-winner of the 1994 Golden Lion for Vive L’Amour, returns to Venice with new film Stray Dogs (2013), a motionless motion picture which may challenge even the hardiest arthouse advocates with its tale […]

Venice 2013: ‘The Sacrament’ review

★★☆☆☆ Part of a new generation of young horror directors, Ti West arrives in Venice with The Sacrament (2013), a found-footage frightener based loosely on the true events of the Jonestown Massacre of 1978. Updating the […]

Venice 2013: ‘Gravity’ review

★★★★★ The opening film of the 70th Venice Film Festival is Alfonso Cuaròn’s sci-fi blockbuster Gravity (2013), featuring Lido regular George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as two astronauts cast adrift in space when their shuttle is […]

Venice 2013: ‘Ruin’ review

★★★★☆ Showing in the Orizzonti sidebar at the 70th Venice Film Festival, Ruin (2013) is by turns a gritty and dazzling lovers-on-the-run tale set in modern day Cambodia. Directed by Michael Cody and Amiel Courtin-Wilson, the […]

Venice 2013: ‘Jealousy’ review

★★★☆☆ Following the dreadful A Burning Hot Summer which showed in competition in 2011, Philippe Garrel returns to the Lido with Jealousy (La Jalousie, 2013), a modest relationship drama of love and betrayal. Garrel casts his […]

Venice 2013: ‘Ana Arabia’ review

★★★☆☆ No stranger to the Venice Lido, Amos Gitai’s new film Ana Arabia (2013) – in competition this year – is a quiet exploration of love and tolerance in Israel. On the border between Jaffa and […]

Venice 2013: ‘Sacro GRA’ review

★★★★☆ Italian documentarian Gianfranco Rosi has been at Venice on several occasions, but with his new film, Sacro GRA (2013), he has graduated to the main competition. Rosi’s roam on the orbital road of the title […]