Festivals: Berlin / EFM

Review: FLUX GOURMET, Visually Seductive, Absurdly Comic

Asa Butterfield, Gwendoline Christie and Ariane Labed star; Peter Strickland ('In Fabric,' 'Duke of Burgundy') directed.

Berlinale 2022 Review: RIMINI, A Seaside Vacation By Ulrich Seidl

Michael Thomas, Tessa Göttlicher, and Hans-Michael Rehberg star in the latest work by the renowned Austrian provocateur, a signature Seidlian tragicomedy.

Berlinale 2022 Review: HAPPER'S COMET, Surreal, One-Night Stand in American Suburbia

Rising U.S. indie cinema filmmaker Tyler Taormina delivers a curiously experimental follow-up to his debut, 'Ham on Rye.'

Friday One Sheet: CALCINCULO

Here is a lovely, hand-drawn festival poster that captures that exact moment on a swing where you simply let go and enjoy the gravity of the situation. The key art is for an Italian-Switzerland co-production, Calcinculo, where I have the feeling...

THE BROKEN LAND (LAS ROJAS): FilmSharks Picks up Argentine Thriller

Variety reported this morning that our friends at Buenos Aires based sale outfit FilmSharks have acquired the sales rights for Matias Lucchesi’s film The Broken Land (Las Rojas). Touted as a thriller with Western undertones the Argentine film is being...

DARK GLASSES: Shudder Quickly Picks up Argento's New Horror Film

Screen have reported that Shudder has picked up the rights for Dario Argento's new horror film, Dark Glasses. They plan to release the film on their AMC Network streaming service in North America, the UK & Ireland, and Australia &...

DARK GLASSES Trailer: Dario Argento is Back With New, Obviously Bloody, Horror Film

... a Rome-set giallo about a prostitute blinded by a serial killer in a botched attack who takes in a young Chinese boy whose life has also been abruptly altered forever by the maniac’s actions. He will become her ally...

FLUX GOURMET Teaser: Peter Strickland's New Film 'Breaks The Silence' on Culinary Performance Art

A sonic collective who can’t decide on a name takes up a residency at an institute devoted to culinary and alimentary performance. The members Elle di Elle, Billy Rubin and Lamina Propria are caught up in their own power struggles,...

Friday One Sheet: SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE

This minimalist key art for Jia Zhang-Ke's latest documentary on Chinese culture, Swimming Out Till The Sea Turns Blue, has almost a screen-printed look and feel to it.  Although it may look to be a prosaic respresntation of the lengthy...

Berlinale 2021 Review: FOREST - I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE, Bite-Size Psychodramas of Everyday Horror

The Hungarian auteur Bence Fliegauf harnesses the virtue of ascetic filmmaking in the portmanteau film, consisting of civilization horror vignettes.

Berlinale 2021 Review: BALLAD OF A WHITE COW, State's Crime, Woman's Punishment

Iranian filmmakers Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha follow a widow's defiance in the shadow of the state's injustice in their latest socio-political drama.

Berlinale 2021 Review: NATURAL LIGHT, The Silent Banality of Evil

The Hungarian director Dénes Nagy debuts with an implicit yet intensive WWII drama that explores the banality of evil in very painterly manner.

Berlinale 2021 Review: I'M YOUR MAN, Sex, Love and Algorithms

Do androids dream of romantic clichés?

Berlinale 2021 Review: BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN, Society on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Radu Jude wins the main award at the 2021 Berlinale with provocative docu-fiction, doubling as social satire.

Woche der Kritik 2021 Review: HORSE TAIL (Kuthiraivaal)

Saravanan is having a strange morning. He wakes up from a technicolour dream of a verdant field that is both night and day simultaneously, with an itch in his tailbone. It turns out that overnight he has somehow grown a...

EFM 2021: Justin McConnell to Adapt Book on Canadian Horror History, THEY CAME FROM WITHIN

My friend, Justin McConnell, has found a balance between his narrative work and documentaries over the years. After a very successful festival circuit run of his most recent doc, Clapboard Jungle, McConnell will direct another documentary, an adaptation of Caelum...

EFM 2021: TriCoast Entertainment Secures Worldwide Rights to Clayton Witmer's THE ARBORS

Straight up? I hate crawly things. Save me jeebus I got the aracnaphobia bad. You throw Lovecraft into the mix? I'm out! I'm going to complete this article but you'll be hard pressed to get me to watch The Arbors...

MACABRO: International Premiere of Trailer For Brazilian Horror From ELITE SQUAD Producers, Heading to EFM

Marcos Prado's second feature film, the Brazilian horror flick Macabro, from the producers of Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad), Zazen Produções and Querosene Filmes is headed to EFM, under the care of our friends in the Argentine sales group Filmsharks.   ...

Berlinale 2021 Preview: Radu Jude, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Hong Sangsoo, Céline Sciamma, Bence Fliegauf to Bow in Main Competition

The 71st edition of Berlinale Film Festival will unfold in two stages, as a virtual affair for industry professionals in March and as a physical event for the public in June.

We Are One Film Festival: Tribeca And YouTube to Launch Free Virtual Film Festival For Charity

Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube have announced a virtual film festival called We Are One: A Global Film Festival which will run at the end of May and into the first week of June.    Over the run of We Are...