Such a shame that great films like SO YOUNG, which show how Chinese culture has moved with the times, are not picked up by UK distributors, writes H. Chan.
Gorō Miyazaki had full artistic control of POPPY HILL but his 72-year-old father was involved in script-writing and poster design – it seems Hayao Miyazaki never wants to retire.
The annual Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy is one of the most important Asian film festivals in the world, and proves how cinema is itself already trans-national, writes Hiu Chan.
There aren’t many cinemas left in this country that are over 100 years old. Happy centenary to the pioneer of the Picturehouse group: the Phoenix in Oxford!
This Soviet silent involves mysteries and murder alongside elements of science fiction; it also documents the least explored avant-garde movement in the Soviet Union, writes H. Chan.
This year the festival invited George Perry to give a talk on Alfred Hitchcock before a screening of VERTIGO. Hitchcock’s popularity has never really faded, and Perry is something of a character himself, writes H. Chan.
Intriguing and mysterious, fascinating and suspicious: THE MATTEI AFFAIR is a case reconstruction which investigates Italian businessman Enrico Mattei’s death, writes H. Chan.
Sadistic and painful, seductive and playful: SANTA SANGRE is an eye-popping visual adventure that proves how imaginative cinema can be, writes H. Chan.
Trauma and lust, taboo and love: HEMEL tries to explore the complex relationship between a daughter and a father, their sexual obligation towards each other, and also their individual struggle to find love.