Film reviews and more

Day: 21 June 2014

Edinburgh 2014: ‘Koo! Kin-dza-dza’ review

★★★☆☆ In 1986, Georgiy Daneliya made Kin-dza-dza, a highly celebrated science fiction satire of the Soviet Union. A live-action, steam punk-infused parable that reflected the altering political landscape, Daneliya’s tale of an ethnically discriminative alien world highlighted the growing discourse between the USSR and Chechnya. Now, Daneliya has revived his sardonic satire of the Soviet state as an animated […]

Edinburgh 2014: ‘Journey to the West’ review

★★★★☆ In Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis, the dutiful limo driver of billionaire asset manager Eric Packer coldly describes how the traffic before them “speaks in quarter inches”. The same could be said of the stars of French-Taiwanese collaboration Journey to the West (Xi You, 2014), the experimental new film from Stray Dogs director Tsai Ming-liang, featuring Denis Lavant and Lee […]

Edinburgh 2014: ‘Hide and Seek’ review

★★★☆☆ The debut feature from Joanna Coates, Hide and Seek (2014) is a sensual attempt to examine the psychological mindset of a generation in stasis. Things become complicated when a quartet of Londoners choose to reject society’s preordained laws and build a new model for living, with the true meaning of Coates’ film hidden beneath a tangled web of […]

Edinburgh 2014: ‘Greyhawk’ review

★★☆☆☆ Greyhawk (2014), the debut feature from Guy Pitt, takes a simple premise and unravels it slowly under the ominous shadow of a dilapidated London council estate. The modest tale of a blind man who loses his guide dog, Pitt’s drama attempts to confront our preconceptions towards disability but in doing so completely misrepresents an entire layer of society. […]

Edinburgh 2014: ‘Falling Star’ review

★★★☆☆ The brief three-year reign of King Amadeo of Savoy is the unlikely focus of Luís Miñarro’s Falling Star (2014). Miñarro’s mischievous period piece is a wryly offbeat drama that explores the opaque crevasse of loneliness and despair in a hallucinatory and unhurried fashion. Amid the violent social upheavals of 1870 Amadeo of Savoy (Àlex Brendemühl) was elected King […]