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: Iberodocs, Green Room and a Captain America movie

After a hiatus shaped like Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (which I produced), my viewing journal returns with a typical mix of artistic expression and popcorn nonsense. On Wednesday night the third edition of Iberodocs – Scotland’s only dedicated documentary festival and a celebration of Ibero-American cinema – opened at Filmhouse in Edinburgh to a packed audience. Begun as a way to showcase the … Continue reading My week in film: Iberodocs, Green Room and a Captain America movie

Aniston of the Week: Cake

2015 saw the release of a film that showcased what might be thought of as Jennifer Aniston’s most revealing and dramatic role. Ignoring the middling reviews allows an engagement with an understated and powerful performance and a chance for Aniston to take centre stage. FILM: Cake DIRECTOR: Daniel Barnz YEAR: 2014 CHARACTER NAME AND PROFESSION: Claire Bennett, former lawyer PLOT SUMMARY: Claire is recovering from … Continue reading Aniston of the Week: Cake

My week in film: Carol, Sunset Song and more…

As the red curtains are soon to close on 2015, the impetus to catch up on films I’ve missed has set in. It’s also the time for ‘Best of’ lists and for my part I’ve already contributed to one – in early November I was asked to select my ‘preferred five films’ of 2015 for Sight & Sound magazine’s annual poll. Since then I’ve seen … Continue reading My week in film: Carol, Sunset Song and more…

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

DVD Review: Independencia

A film harking back to the days of early cinema. The black and white flicker of 35mm grain softening expertly lit scenes, in which actors perform in period costume on a sound stage. Independencia (2009) creates both an obvious artificiality, and an authentic nostalgia. Developed through the Résidence du Festival de Cannes in 2008 Raya Martin’s exquisite film positions a history of Philippine autonomy – … Continue reading DVD Review: Independencia

My week in film: An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, Don Jon and more…

At the cinema this week I saw Silver Bear winning An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker – the fifth feature by Danis Tanovic, whose earlier effort No Man’s Land (2001) was one of the most awarded first feature films in history. That Tanovic spent two years filming for the army during the Bosnian war, was apparent in the energetic vérite style of … Continue reading My week in film: An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, Don Jon and more…

My week in film, 20 Feet from Stardom, Calvary, The Double and more…

This post will hopefully mark the resurrection and continuation of My week in Film… (though this new instalment technically covers a selection over two weeks) after a lengthy hiatus due to my day job as a Festival/Programme Coordinator. Inevitably when working for a film festival the only films I’m able to see are those in the programme, however due to the month-long nature of AV … Continue reading My week in film, 20 Feet from Stardom, Calvary, The Double and more…

To preserve the reel, Celluloid Man reviewed

“I understood the world and the people much better, through my long journey with cinema” So P.K. Nair describes his relationship with cinema at the beginning of Shivendra Singh Dungarpur’s marvellous film, Celluloid Man (2012). Three years in the making, Dungarpur’s portrait of the legendary film archivist brings together stories from colleagues, filmmakers, students, friends and family, alongside the many hours spent interviewing Nair himself … Continue reading To preserve the reel, Celluloid Man reviewed

View and re-view: some thoughts on The Sun in a Net

Fayolo (Marián Bielik) is, much like other examples of the cinematic photographer (Blow Up’s David Hemmings springs to mind) introduced as being somewhat distanced from the world around him. Seen in the company of the beautiful Bela (Jana Beláková) he admonishes her, as though her expression of personality runs contrary to the image of her he has created. Like all sensible fifteen year olds who … Continue reading View and re-view: some thoughts on The Sun in a Net