Pingyao 2017 Review: LIFE GUIDANCE, a Conspiracy Against Non-Conformist, White-Collar Rage

Austrian drama Life Guidance sees a cult-like organisation installing aseptic conformism in Kafka´s The Trial reimagination in capitalistic dystopia

Pingyao 2017 Interview: Festival Director Marco Muller Talks Inaugural Edition, Chinese Cinema, Censorship

Veteran festival director Marco Muller sat down with ScreenAnarchy for a behind-the-scenes chat about this year´s inaugural edition of Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival

Pingyao 2017 Interview: Filmmaker Zhao Chloé Talks THE RIDER

Chloé Zhao talked to ScreenAnarchy about male and female gaze, challenging stereotypes and working on The Rider during the inaugural edition of Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival 2017

Pingyao 2017 Awards: Year Zero of the New Chinese Festival of Independent Cinema

Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival 2017 reveals the winners of its inaugural edition rounding up domestic and international talents


Dutch writer-director Ben Brand brings digital-day morality served in Hanekenian style for young adults in his first feature Find This Dumb Little Bitch and Throw Her Into a River

Warsaw 2017 Review: AURORA BOREALIS Glows in Bleak Times

Hungarian veteran director Márta Mészáros tackles Soviet occupation in her latest effort Aurora Borealis intertwined with a personal struggle of Sophie´s Choice-like plight

Warsaw 2017 Review: SO HELP ME GOD, a Wild True/False Search for Justice

Perplexing stranger-than-fiction pic So Help Me God captures the formalist zeitgeist in a highly watchable outcome

Warsaw 2017 Review: A BALKAN NOIR Delivers What It Promises

Bosnian-born and Swedish-based filmmaker Dražen Kuljanin delivers exactly what the title promises.

San Sebastian 2017 Review: SOLLERS POINT, Baltimore's Cinematic Response to Ulysses

The Baltimore indie helmer Matt Porterfield forges fatalistic drama of an one-in-a-million existence molded by the circumstances of its purlieu in his fourth feature Sollers Point.

Review: DISAPPEARANCE Pits the Younger Generation Against Tehran Traditions and Prejudice

The young Iranina helmer Ali Asgari depicts the conflict of young generation with traditions veiled as coming-of-age doubling as a mild social thriller

Review: In AUTUMN, AUTUMN, Melancholic Realism Reigns

Emerging talent from South Korea, Jang Woo-jin, contemplates on human contact and loneliness in impressively shot sophomore feature with transcendentalist veneer

10+ Years Later: Exhumating the Genius of BBC's HUMAN REMAINS

Julia Davis and Rob Brydon's no-holds-barred comedy series Human Remains brilliantly eviscerates dysfunctional marriages to find humor in depression, death, and other dark topics.

Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival Prepares for Inaugural Edition

Created by the filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke (A Touch of Sin, Mountains May Depart) with former Venice festival head Marco Muller serving as the artistic director, Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival (PYIFF) is being described as "the first...

Toronto 2017 Review: NINA, A Child's Story For Adult Audiences

Juraj Lehotský´s drama Nina marries Dardenian vérité style to child´s unsterile POV amid a divorce proceedings with a pinch of Hanekenian social horror.

Venice 2017 Review: UNDER THE TREE, Reason Eclipsed in Dark Icelandic Social Satire

Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsson third feature, a social satire Under the Tree, aptly embodies the present times when primal urges emerge coagulating the state of civilization into homo homini lupus-type of society when populism and other forms of extremism cast thick shadows over reason.

Locarno 2017 Review: DRAGONFLY EYES Experiment Fabricates Narrative Out of Authentic Found Footage

The feature debut by Chinese artist Xu Bing, Dragonfly Eyes, carved out ot 10 000 of authentic and freely-circulated found footage possess equal degree of being disturbing as being fascinating contributing to the advancing aesthetics of post-humanism.

Locarno 2017 Review: 9 FINGERS Turns Noir into Expressionism, Delusional Ramblings Into Existential Poetry and Vice Versa

In an amalgam of different styles governed by punk's no holds barred attitude, French underground filmmaker manifests sensibility for the history of cinema and unlikely pairings

Locarno 2017 Review: MRS. FANG Waits for Death in Wang Bing's Contemplative, Uneasy Offering

The chronicler and filmmaker Wang Bing introduces yet another invaluable volume into the annals of contemporary Chinese society notwhistanding the great matter of death grasped with dignity albeit without compromising its importance.

Locarno 2017 Review: In WINTER BROTHERS, "Being Loved and Fucked" Is the Axiom

The feature-lenght and idiosyncratic debut by Icelandinc emerging talent Hlynur Pálmason probes the crevasses of male psyche in melancholic Nordic psychological drama

Locarno 2017 Awards: MRS. FANG, THE FIRST LAP, Isabelle Huppert

Unflinching Chinese documentary, lycanthropic fairy-tale for adults, female spin on Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde amongst awarded oeuvres