Starr Wu’s bold move to adapt one of the most important texts of Chinese literature into a contemporary story reflecting the Grindr generation falls short of its own ambition. Serena Scateni reviews at SQIFF18.
DISOBEDIENCE would have been a much more captivating tale of forbidden love if only it had freed itself of its own limitations. Serena Scateni reviews.
Mika Imai takes on a new project portraying the tender relationship between two young women. Serena Scateni reviews at SQIFF 2018.
THE POET AND BOY is an aching story of missed opportunities. Serena Scateni reviews the London Korean Film Festival tour screening in Edinburgh’s Filmhouse.
After a solid and convincing main body, ETHER might have benefited from a little more subtlety at its conclusion. Serena Scateni reviews at Rome Film Festival.
Although Joel Edgerton’s BOY ERASED may succeed in its obvious intents, it sadly lacks the necessary power to shine. Serena Scateni reviews from Rome Film Festival.
Although a lively mishmash of racial issues, politics, music gatherings, and espionage vibes, BLACK IS BELTZA cares more about adding iconic names of the 60s than delivering a coherent narrative. Serena Scateni reviews at Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival.
Dubbed by Netflix audience as “the scariest horror film ever”, VERONICA has almost too much to live up to. Whether that statement is true or not, Paco Plaza delivers an entertaining film with just a couple of letdowns throughout. As eerie as it may sound for some, it has been already more than a decade … Continue reading Verónica
Unpretentious and fresh in its approach to tackle patriarchy within a local Spanish church, HOPELESSLY DEVOUT offers a feast of eccentric characters who will definitely make you smirk. There is always some kind of genuine excitement when you take a seat in the cinema and you are about to watch a young director’s first feature. Even … Continue reading Hopelessly Devout
TIME FOR ILHAN is a call to action, writes Serena Scateni at Take One Action Festival. Director Norah Shapiro gathers a diverse array of voices to give the audience behind-the-scenes insight on local politics.