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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
Josep - by Aurel - CANNES 2020: Aurel signs a magnificent animated film about the Retirada, the painful exodus to France in 1939 of the antifrancoist Spanish people, through the story of artist Josep Bartoli
Josep
by Aurel
CANNES 2020: Aurel signs a magnificent animated film about the Retirada, the painful exodus to France in 1939 of the antifrancoist Spanish people, through the story of artist Josep Bartoli
The Lamb - by Mario Piredda - Named Best Film at the Annecy Italian Film Festival, Mario Piredda’s debut work is a powerful portrait of Sardinia, focusing on a young and tenacious protagonist who is fighting for her father’s life
The Lamb
by Mario Piredda
Named Best Film at the Annecy Italian Film Festival, Mario Piredda’s debut work is a powerful portrait of Sardinia, focusing on a young and tenacious protagonist who is fighting for her father’s life
The Ties - by Daniele Luchetti - VENICE 2020: In Daniele Luchetti’s opening film of the 77th Venice Film Festival, unhappiness is something to be shared with the whole family
The Ties
by Daniele Luchetti
VENICE 2020: In Daniele Luchetti’s opening film of the 77th Venice Film Festival, unhappiness is something to be shared with the whole family
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’
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
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
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
Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh • Directors of Gagarin

Interview: Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh • Directors of Gagarin

“To our character, this building is like a spaceship: if you go out, you can’t breathe”

We met up with Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh, the directors of Gagarin, to talk about their central character, Youri, and his intergalactic ambitions  

30/09 | Zurich 2020

Review: The Lamb

Review: The Lamb

Named Best Film at the Annecy Italian Film Festival, Mario Piredda’s debut work is a powerful portrait of Sardinia, focusing on a young and tenacious protagonist who is fighting for her father’s life  

29/09 | Films | Reviews | Italy/France

CinÉast reveals the programme of its hybrid 2020 edition

CinÉast reveals the programme of its hybrid 2020 edition

The festival dedicated to Central and Eastern European cinema will feature a Focus on Hungary, another on Macedonian director Milcho Manchevski and, for the first time, films from Belarus  

29/09 | CinÉast 2020

Hans König  • Distributor, Polyfilm

Interview: Hans König • Distributor, Polyfilm

“Arthouse cinemas in Austria are mainly funded by the federal states and the cities”

We spoke to Hans König, Head of Distribution at Polyfilm, who shared with us some of the main traits of the Austrian market for independent film distribution  

29/09 | /Austria

Review: Simon Calls

Review: Simon Calls

Marta Sousa Ribeiro’s first full-length feature explores the labyrinth of adolescence, switching up formats to portray the chaos, confusion and yearning of this transitional stage of life  

29/09 | San Sebastián 2020 | Zabaltegi-Tabakalera

David Dufresne  • Director of The Monopoly of Violence

Interview: David Dufresne • Director of The Monopoly of Violence

"To still believe in the virtues of dialogue, even if it’s increasingly difficult to do so"

David Dufresne discusses The Monopoly of Violence, a socially engaged documentary dissecting the current philosophy behind law enforcement in France  

29/09 | /France

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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
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
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
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
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
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

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