Divan Film Festival 2014

A palatable blend of Balkan film, traditional national cuisine, and stimulating academic conversation has come to define Romania's annual Divan Film Festival. Held each year in Port Cultural Cetate, the Festival celebrated its 5th edition…

Visitors (2013)

After more than a decade, Godfrey Reggio returns to write and direct for the big screen once more. Following on from the overwhelming success of his visually and auditorily experimental Qatsi film trilogy (now thirty years old, and still as…

In The Name Of (2013)

One of the tales which makes up Flaubert's Trois Contes is 'La Légende de Saint-Julien l'Hospitalier'. Its message is poignant: in order to become a saint, one must first be a sinner. Flaubert focuses on the male rite of passage in his…

The Cat (2011)

Seung-wook Byeon's South-Korean film The Cat (2011) evokes some of the classic East Asian horrors, such as Japan's The Grudge (2002) and Ring (1998), both of which were so popular that American versions were re-hashed at a later stage. It…

Child’s Pose (2013)

Calin Peter Netzer's Romanian drama about the relationship between an ageing mother and her selfish and immature adult son won the Golden Berlin Bear and the FIPRESCI Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival 2013, and now it returns…

Cinema Paradiso (1988)

Giuseppe Tornatore's defining masterpiece Cinema Paradiso (1988) celebrates a Blu-ray re-release and a return to the big screen this month as part of the film's highly-anticipated 25th anniversary. Memory, nostalgia, and mortality remain…

The Long Goodbye (1973)

Robert Altman's controversial adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel gave birth to The Long Goodbye in 1973. In typical Altman style, with an acute awareness of genre and a mischievous will to invert generic expectations, The Long Goodbye …