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Beginning - by Dea Kulumbegashvili - In her mesmerising Georgia-set debut film, Dea Kulumbegashvili questions the norms of society that have been informed by Abrahamic religions
Beginning
by Dea Kulumbegashvili
In her mesmerising Georgia-set debut film, Dea Kulumbegashvili questions the norms of society that have been informed by Abrahamic religions
Last Days of Spring - by Isabel Lamberti - Isabel Lamberti’s first full-length film is a dexterous reconstruction of a true story brought to life by the original protagonists: a family living in Madrid’s shanty town, La Cañada Real
Last Days of Spring
by Isabel Lamberti
Isabel Lamberti’s first full-length film is a dexterous reconstruction of a true story brought to life by the original protagonists: a family living in Madrid’s shanty town, La Cañada Real
Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan - by Julien Temple - Julien Temple pays tribute to the frontman of The Pogues with a documentary that has the drunken energy that was a trademark of its subject
Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan
by Julien Temple
Julien Temple pays tribute to the frontman of The Pogues with a documentary that has the drunken energy that was a trademark of its subject
Another Round - by Thomas Vinterberg - Thomas Vinterberg finds his funny bone again with an excellent concept movie in which getting drunk is a cure-all
Another Round
by Thomas Vinterberg
Thomas Vinterberg finds his funny bone again with an excellent concept movie in which getting drunk is a cure-all
I Never Cry - by Piotr Domalewski - Piotr Domalewski’s second film investigates an experience common to thousands, if not millions, of Poles in a manner that would make Ken Loach proud
I Never Cry
by Piotr Domalewski
Piotr Domalewski’s second film investigates an experience common to thousands, if not millions, of Poles in a manner that would make Ken Loach proud
Identifying Features - by Fernanda Valadez - The first feature film by Mexico’s Fernanda Valadez is a very well-directed road movie, following a mother in search of her missing son who disappeared en route to the US
Identifying Features
by Fernanda Valadez
The first feature film by Mexico’s Fernanda Valadez is a very well-directed road movie, following a mother in search of her missing son who disappeared en route to the US
Courtroom 3H - by Antonio Méndez Esparza - In his first documentary, Antonio Méndez Esparza keeps exposing the realities of life in the United States, this time from a Florida family court — where emotions are always running high
Courtroom 3H
by Antonio Méndez Esparza
In his first documentary, Antonio Méndez Esparza keeps exposing the realities of life in the United States, this time from a Florida family court — where emotions are always running high
Limbo - by Ben Sharrock - Ben Sharrock's excellent second film is an incisive satire on British attitudes to male refugees told in an elegiac, deadpan style
Limbo
by Ben Sharrock
Ben Sharrock's excellent second film is an incisive satire on British attitudes to male refugees told in an elegiac, deadpan style
Pascal Rabaté  • Director of The Voiceless

Interview: Pascal Rabaté • Director of The Voiceless

"They try to move forwards and have fun in spaces which are forbidden to others"

Pascal Rabaté talks about his new film unveiled at FilmFest Hamburg The Voiceless, an offbeat comedy about poverty, which treads the line of absurdity, is entirely lacking in dialogue  

28/09 | /France

Review: I Never Cry

Review: I Never Cry

Piotr Domalewski’s second film investigates an experience common to thousands, if not millions, of Poles in a manner that would make Ken Loach proud  

28/09 | San Sebastián 2020 | New Directors

Gregory Kershaw and Michael Dweck  • Directors of The Truffle Hunters

Interview: Gregory Kershaw and Michael Dweck • Directors of The Truffle Hunters

“Truffle hunters would never tell another truffle hunter that they’d found a truffle”

We talked to Gregory Kershaw and Michael Dweck, the duo behind one of the biggest delights of the year, The Truffle Hunters  

28/09 | Zurich 2020

FERA celebrates 40-year anniversary online

FERA celebrates 40-year anniversary online

The Federation of European Screen Directors transforms its General Assembly annual meeting into an online webinar series set to take place from October 6 to 20, in partnership with Cineuropa  

28/09 | Industry | Market | Europe

Beginning triumphs at San Sebastián with four awards

Beginning triumphs at San Sebastián with four awards

The co-production between Georgia and France, directed by newcomer Dea Kulumbegashvili, scooped the Golden Shell for Best Film as well as the awards for best director, best actress and best screenplay  

28/09 | San Sebastián 2020 | Awards

Ben Sharrock  • Director of Limbo

Interview: Ben Sharrock • Director of Limbo

“I started to question the dehumanising representations of refugees”

Director Ben Sharrock reveals how his second feature, Limbo, became a refugee story told in a deadpan comedic style  

28/09 | San Sebastián 2020 | New Directors

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Romantic Guide to Lost Places - by Giorgia Farina - Presented at Venice’s Giornate degli Autori, the third feature film by Giorgia Farina is an unusual road movie which makes its way across Europe
Romantic Guide to Lost Places
by Giorgia Farina
Presented at Venice’s Giornate degli Autori, the third feature film by Giorgia Farina is an unusual road movie which makes its way across Europe
Just Like A Woman - by Amro Hamzawi - Headlining a film for the very first time, Nora Hamzawi seizes the opportunity to impose her own unique style in an offbeat sociological comedy directed by her brother Amro
Just Like A Woman
by Amro Hamzawi
Headlining a film for the very first time, Nora Hamzawi seizes the opportunity to impose her own unique style in an offbeat sociological comedy directed by her brother Amro
My Heart Goes Boom! - by Nacho Álvarez - Colourful, vivacious and altogether joyous guilty pleasure from Nacho Álvarez, based on the songs of Raffaella Carrà — who taught us such important lessons as ‘making love is better in the south’
My Heart Goes Boom!
by Nacho Álvarez
Colourful, vivacious and altogether joyous guilty pleasure from Nacho Álvarez, based on the songs of Raffaella Carrà — who taught us such important lessons as ‘making love is better in the south’
My Donkey, My Lover & I - by Caroline Vignal - Laure Calamy and Patrick the donkey steal the show in Caroline Vignal's funny and original comedy, a work awarded the Cannes Official Selection Label and which is soon to hit cinemas in France
My Donkey, My Lover & I
by Caroline Vignal
Laure Calamy and Patrick the donkey steal the show in Caroline Vignal's funny and original comedy, a work awarded the Cannes Official Selection Label and which is soon to hit cinemas in France
The Monopoly of Violence - by David Dufresne - David Dufresne delivers a powerful documentary dissecting the current philosophy behind law enforcement and questioning the legitimacy of the disproportionate use of violence
The Monopoly of Violence
by David Dufresne
David Dufresne delivers a powerful documentary dissecting the current philosophy behind law enforcement and questioning the legitimacy of the disproportionate use of violence
Love Affair(s) - by Emmanuel Mouret - CANNES 2020: Emmanuel Mouret trials and skilfully succeeds at a new recipe for decrypting the complexity of the love choices we make, a very subtle exploration awarded the Official Selection Label
Love Affair(s)
by Emmanuel Mouret
CANNES 2020: Emmanuel Mouret trials and skilfully succeeds at a new recipe for decrypting the complexity of the love choices we make, a very subtle exploration awarded the Official Selection Label
In the Dusk - by Sharunas Bartas - Sharunas Bartas competes for San Sebastián's Golden Shell with this tale of a Lithuanian partisan movement set in the winter of 1948
In the Dusk
by Sharunas Bartas
Sharunas Bartas competes for San Sebastián's Golden Shell with this tale of a Lithuanian partisan movement set in the winter of 1948
Death Knell - by Imanol Rayo - Imanol Rayo concocts a heady blend of tragedy and suspense in this oppressive and visually impactful film that aspires to break away from the commercial action thriller
Death Knell
by Imanol Rayo
Imanol Rayo concocts a heady blend of tragedy and suspense in this oppressive and visually impactful film that aspires to break away from the commercial action thriller
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