International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 - Dream Curation

"Sleep has been an integral part of the films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul since he began making them, but recently it has felt increasing central to the experience of viewing them as well. He introduced screenings of his last feature Cemetery of Splendour by stating that he didn’t mind…

London East Asian Film Festival 2016 - Thailand Today

In this second piece spotlighting some of the selections for the London East Asian Film Festival, two films about Thailand. One, a vision from home from new Thai talent Anocha Suwichakornpong in her enigmatic, alluring By The Time It Gets Dark; and the other from a Japanese filmmaker looking in,…

London East Asian Film Festival 2016 - Nasty Neighbours

Notes on two Japanese films that played at the London East Asian Film Festival. Two difficult, uncomfortable films from well known Japanese auteurs that both play upon suburban anxieties and the fears and discomforts within the home, with differing levels of success. In both films, welcoming an outsider into the…

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 - Kamper

Over the course of Łukasz Grzegorzek’s feature debut Kamper, Mania (Marta Nieradkiewicz) re-peatedly tells her husband Kamper (Piotr Żurawski) that he is “stupid for real.” First with affection then increasingly with the kind of exhaustion that comes from dealing with someone who can’t take a hint. Kamper details…

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 - The Days That Confused

Youth comes in various shapes and forms. In rural Estonia - if Triin Ruumet's The Days That Confused is to be believed - it involves a lot of drink, drugs, violence and 90’s eurotrash. “Life is one long party,” the film’s protagonist Allar remarks wistfully. For a film…

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 - Verge

Verge is an enigmatic, austere film from new Turkish directorial duo Ayhan Salar and Erkan Tahhuşoğlu. A young Turkish woman, Fikret, spends a great deal of time gazing out of the window of her family home, watching cars pass across the highway outside whilst waiting for her husband Halil’s…

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 - House of Others

The first feature from Georgian director Rusudan Glurjidze, House of Others, is likely to attract attention, not least for its incredible visuals. Taking place in the early 1990s, just after the end of the Georgian civil war, Glurjidze’s film tells the semi-autobiographical story of a family who inhabit a…

Open City Doc Fest 2016 Dispatch #1 - People & Places

On the day of its commencement, some notes on some of the films playing this year's Open City Docs Fest, a festival that whilst young and small in scale compared to some of the other documentary festivals around, is proving increasingly impressive and ambitious. Offering challenging and intelligent programming in…

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2016 Dispatch #2 - Adaptation

In this second dispatch from Doc/Fest, two films adapted from texts of some kind, and an exploration of the various challenges and opportunities that arise from this process. In a way, all filmmaking is about finding the right cinematic language to externalise something that exists only in the head…