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Day: 12 October 2013

LFF 2013: ‘Four Ways to Die in My Hometown’ review

★★★★☆ First-time feature director Chai Chunya’s Four Ways to Die in My Hometown (2012), screening today at LFF, is a beautiful, meditative take on remembering as a mode of healing. It’s a deeply spiritual exploration into the feelings of many […]

LFF 2013: ‘Electro Chaabi’ review

★★☆☆☆ Egypt’s tumultuous recent sociopolitical past and the current state of the nation has provided a fertile environment for the country’s filmmakers of late. Focus has ranged from the oppression of the everyday, as seen in Hala Lofty’s Coming Forth […]

LFF 2013: ‘Hello Carter’ review

★★☆☆☆ There’s nothing more soul-crushing than a romantic comedy devoid of either of the genre’s requisite defining aspects. At least when the love story is lacking, laughs will usually pick up the slack; if it’s humourless, the passion can take […]

LFF 2013: ‘At Berkeley’ review

★★★★★ “Hey dude, why don’t we start a university?” And thus, the hallowed University of Berkeley was born according to one jesting lecturer. It’s an uncharacteristically lighthearted opening to veteran filmmaker Frederick Wiseman’s outstanding new documentary At Berkeley, a four-hour […]

LFF 2013: ‘Afternoon Delight’ review

★★★☆☆ Jill Soloway is an established TV writer and producer, contributing episodes to shows such as Six Feet Under and The United States of Tara. Now she’s turned her attention to the big screen with debut feature Afternoon Delight (2013), […]

LFF 2013: ‘2 Autumns, 3 Winters’ review

★★★☆☆ There’s a quiet movement happening among young French cinephiles in 2013. Films such as Justine Triet’s La Bataille de Solférino and Antonin Peretjatko’s La Fille du 14 Julliet come from a new generation of filmmakers, often working like repertory […]