AFTER YANG is a film steeped in humanity despite its gently dystopian subject: an android sibling of an adopted child. Koganada’s feature includes many thought-provoking strands focused on family privacy, technological dependence, and what makes someone – or something – belong to a family unit. Still, its imagination and sincerity when dealing with memory and … Continue reading After Yang
HOLY SPIDER is a radical rage-filled polemic on a culture that Ali Abbasi believes fuelled and then excused a serial killer who slaughtered sixteen prostitutes in the Iranian sacred city of Mashhad.
A grimy lo-fi celebration of the outsider, FUNNY PAGES sees first-time feature filmmaker Owen Kline draw comic influence from cult indie favourites AMERICAN SPLENDOR and GHOST WORLD.
Writer and director Alexandru Belc’s feature debut is a slow, repetitive, but contemplative film. Despite being pitched as a love story, the film doesn’t fall into the stereotypical young love tropes; if anything, a romance is far from what the film aims to show. Starring Mara Bugarin as Ana, Belc’s film relates a narrative set … Continue reading Metronom
From complex relationships to sudden death, LES AMANDIERS grows into an honest and compassionate coming of age narrative, showing the dwindling naivety beyond youth.
Mark Jenkin’s eagerly awaited feature-length follow-up to critically acclaimed debut BAIT swaps out his previous effort’s black and white 16mm film for a more colourful aesthetic to unsettle and isolate its audience.
April McIntyre reviews WILDHOOD: even in the heavily explored road movie trope, Bretten Hannam is able to breathe fresh life into it, offering it up as a story of queerness, nature and homecoming.
April McIntyre reviews THE NOVICE: the evocative cinematography and Isabelle Fuhrman’s masterful capture of the character makes Hadaway’s sensory and visceral debut a success, even if at times it’s challenging to watch.
April McIntyre reviews CAMILA COMES OUT TONIGHT: through Camila’s eyes we discover the ways in which queerness can cross boundaries, and how a new generation are standing up for their rights and working to squash misogyny and outdated traditionalism.
April McIntyre reviews the Family Affairs short films programme at BFI Flare. Whether it’s creating a new family, reconnecting with estranged relatives or joining families together, this programme sees the many forms in which families can take and the ways in which they evolve throughout our lives.