Falling for The Love Witch, an interview with Anna Biller

First published by Kino! 28-29. Back in January at International Film Festival Rotterdam, among the hundreds of films screening, a path emerged that lead led this writer to films concerned with womanhood. Nicolette Krebitz’s Wild took the notion of the wild woman archetype literally, playing deviously with female instinct and longing. Elizabeth Subrin’s A Woman, A Part, explored the mid-life crisis of a woman shifting … Continue reading Falling for The Love Witch, an interview with Anna Biller

My week in film: Berlinale and a ‘hateful’ Tarantino

You might have missed this weekly viewing journal of late – this writer has been engaged elsewhere, covering the Berlin Film Festival competition (and some other films) for other outlets. For CineVue, I reviewed André Téchiné’s rewarding French drama Being 17 (****); Alone in Berlin (**) starring Emma Thompson and Brendan Gleeson; the dense and deftly handled Death in Sarajevo (****), which won the Silver … Continue reading My week in film: Berlinale and a ‘hateful’ Tarantino

LOCAL/LOCALE season at EFG: Tired Moonlight

The final screening in the mini season LOCAL/LOCALE at Edinburgh Film Guild is the UK premiere of Britni West’s Slamdance award-winning Tired Moonlight. Set and shot in West’s hometown of Kalispell, Montana, Tired Moonlight uses mainly non-professional actors and a ‘documentary’ approach to capture the atmosphere of this simultaneously ordinary and special place. The director went back to Kalispell over the summers of 2012 and … Continue reading LOCAL/LOCALE season at EFG: Tired Moonlight

LOCAL/LOCALE season at EFG: Our Beloved Month of August

This coming Sunday at 7pm the LOCAL/LOCALE season at Edinburgh Film Guild continues with a film by celebrated Portuguese writer/director Miguel Gomes. The director’s second feature film following The Face You Deserve (2004) is a sun-drenched portrait of a rural town in the region of Arganil, whose title, Our Beloved Month of August (Aquele Querido Mês de Agosto, 2008) proclaims the affection with which Gomes … Continue reading LOCAL/LOCALE season at EFG: Our Beloved Month of August

LOCAL/LOCALE season at EFG: Alluvion and Evergreen

Following last week’s White Coal directed by Georg Tiller, the LOCAL/LOCALE season continues on Sunday 22 November at 7pm with two films by Russian born, London based artist Sasha Litvintseva, Alluvion (2013) and Evergreen (2014). Litvintseva’s films explore the industry, tourism and history of specific places, commenting on the way culture, leisure and work are documented and valued. In Alluvion a family holiday at a … Continue reading LOCAL/LOCALE season at EFG: Alluvion and Evergreen

LOCAL/LOCALE season at EFG: White Coal

Following season opener, Man of the Story, LOCAL/LOCALE at the Edinburgh Film Guild continues on Sunday 15 November with the UK premiere of Georg Tiller’s White Coal (2015), a semi-fictional ‘document’ of the world’s largest coal-burning power plant in Taichung, Taiwan. Tiller based part of the structure of White Coal on Herman Melville’s novel The Confidence Man, and the film includes scenes, shot in black … Continue reading LOCAL/LOCALE season at EFG: White Coal

LOCAL/LOCALE season at EFG: Man of the Story

A few weeks ago I announced a mini film season at the Edinburgh Film Guild. Taking place on Sundays at 7pm from 8 November until 6 December, LOCAL/LOCALE presents films that each address a specific place or places, using techniques of documentary and fiction, essay and narrative, to undermine our assumptions about genre and offer in turn, intelligent, beautiful and humorous comments on the human … Continue reading LOCAL/LOCALE season at EFG: Man of the Story

Announcing a mini film season: LOCAL/LOCALE

Starting next month on Sunday 8 November, the Edinburgh Film Guild will be host to a mini season of film’s I’ve programmed around themes of location, community and industry. The season will showcase examples of cinema that dissolves the divide between documentary and fiction and offer in turn, intelligent, beautiful and humorous comments on the human condition. Each film is one that’s provoked thoughts in … Continue reading Announcing a mini film season: LOCAL/LOCALE

IFFR 2015: The Chambermaid Lynn, interview with director Ingo Haeb

Approaching his adaptation of Markus Orths’ novel, director Ingo Haeb knew that he couldn’t take the narrative of a cleaning-obsessed chambermaid only at face-value; ‘’it was clear that it was a modern, adult, fairy-tale’’ says Haeb. Whereas the novel presented the experience of Lynn plainly, without any doubt as to the actuality of her experiences, when envisioning the source as a more ambiguous, cinematic work, … Continue reading IFFR 2015: The Chambermaid Lynn, interview with director Ingo Haeb

IFFR 2015: Director Nicolas Steiner’s Above and Below

For his second feature film, director Nicolas Steiner set out to discover people hidden from the world. Those who have chosen a life away from the cities and communities – and the luxuries therein – that most ordinary folk take for granted. Above and Below documents the lives of Cindy, Rick, and Lalo who live in the flood tunnels below Las Vegas, David, who lives … Continue reading IFFR 2015: Director Nicolas Steiner’s Above and Below