Kinoteka 2015: ‘The Hourglass Sanatorium’ review

★★★★★ Wojciech Jerzy Has took great relish in toying with narrative convention in the nestled labyrinthine pages of The Saragossa Manuscript (1965). He dispenses with it entirely in The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973), an oneiric odyssey through the cob-webbed recesses of memory and into the great beyond. Jan Nowicki plays Josef, Continue Reading


Film Review: ‘Exit’

★★★★☆ Celebrated Taiwanese cinematographer Chienn Hsiang’s debut feature Exit (2014) is a tactile and strikingly vivid expression of isolation which alludes to wider national anxieties. Bristling with sexual repression Exit‘s familiar tale of generational disparity and middle-aged melancholy is elevated thanks to the poignant performance of Tsai Ming-Liang regular Chen Continue Reading

Film Review: ‘A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence’

★★★★☆ Widely-acclaimed Swedish director Roy Andersson’s latest offering, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (2014) aims to demythologise the commercial image of reality, shutting the door on the stock-photo swaths of smiling happy faces of advertising and instead focus on the world’s ignored. Observing humanity’s endless capacity Continue Reading