Film reviews and more

Day: 7 February 2015

Berlin 2015: ‘Victoria’ review

★★★☆☆ There is no digital trickery or sleight of hand in Sebastian Schipper’s one-take wonder Victoria (2015). Ostensibly a contemporary Bonnie and Clyde with a slathering of immediacy layered generously on top, Schipper’s latest is an adroitly choreographed feat of […]

Berlin 2015: ‘Taxi’ review

★★★★★ A major work from Jafar Panahi screens in competition at the Berlin Film Festival as again the Iranian director challenges the ban on filmmaking set on him by the regime’s authorities. Taxi (2015) is the director’s third film since, […]

Berlin 2015: ‘Ixcanul’ review

★★★☆☆ Jayro Bustamante’s debut Ixcanul (2015) is a profoundly humanistic inquiry into the trafficking of Mayan children in North America. Focusing on the daily rituals of the victims, rather than the machinations of the crime, Bustamante has crafted an ashen-hued, […]

Berlin 2015: ‘Breathe Umphefumlo’ review

★★★★☆ Mark Dornford-May won Berlin’s Golden Bear in 2005 for U-Carmen, his adaptation of Bizet’s opera. He obviously hopes for similar success with his latest venture, Breathe Umphefumlo (2015), which transports Puccini’s opera La Boheme from 19th century Paris to […]