Review: NOTTURNO Examines the Legacy of Colonialism in the Middle East

Gianfranco Rosi, the documentarian behind such astonishing work as Sacro GRA and Fire at Sea, returns with a biting and enormously affecting documentary on people living on the periphery of modern Middle-East conflicts. Culling from footage shot in Iraq, Kurdistan, Syria and Lebanon...

Review: Valentyn Vasyanovych's Stunning Dystopian Near-Future Ukraine in ATLANTIS

Vasyanovych unsubtly comments on Russian expansionism as seen in the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Western commerce influence with Atlantis, but film is not without hope. The barebone romance between Sergiy and Katya with the cold and unforgiving backdrop hints at the glimmer of hope, human resilience and connection despite dire circumstances.

Review: MLK/FBI Reminds That Dr. King's Legacy Resonates Now, More Than Ever

Packed to the brim with historical documents and recently declassified materials, Sam Pollard, documentarian and editor of Spike Lee's films, among many others (Mo' Better Blues, 4 Little Girls, Chisholm '72, Venus and Serena), brings us MLK/FBI, a searing indictment...

Review: THE REASON I JUMP, Sensory Adaptation of a Revelatory Memoir on Autism

Perhaps the most moving part of the film is when Naoki says in the narration at the end that if he could get a chance to do it all over again, he wouldn't change a thing. The point being that Naoki and countless others experiences the world differently, even better way than we 'normal people' do - a sensory rich world we can only approximate on film.

ScreenAnarchy Top Films of 2020

One of the great advantages of ScreenAnarchy's global writing staff is that our individual end-of-year lists always have a least a few titles that the rest of us have not only not seen, but likely haven't heard of. And I'm...

New York African Film Festival 2020 Goes Virtual, December 2-6

Celebrating its 30th year, New York African Film Festival this year, during COVID shutdown, is running online December 2-6. Under the banner "Streaming Rivers: The Past into the Present", it spotlights films from two nations - Nigeria and Sudan. It...

Review: FIREBALL: VISITORS FROM DARKER WORLDS is a Wonder to Behold

Funny and suprisingly hopeful in these dark times, Fireball is, in essense, the amalgamation of what Herzog has been doing throughout his illustrious career: it tries to awaken that sense of awe, sense of wonder in us audiences.

FIREBALL: VISITORS FROM DARKER WORLDS, Science and Sense of Awe: Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer Interview

"I wouldn't have made a single film without a sense of awe. I wouldn't have made a single story without sense of deep excitement. That's culture - a collective agitation of mind. It's the core of what culture is. A cow in the field doesn't have that. And we have it."

Art of the Real 2020 Showcases Constantly Evolving State of Filmmaking

I was devastated back in April that Art of the Real, my favorite annual film series at Film at Lincoln Center didn't happen because of Covid Outbreak. But here we are, 7 month later, the celebration of non-narrative/hybrid filmmaking is...

Review: DIVINE LOVE, Religious Hypocrisy in Brazilian Sci-fi

Divine Love is a quietly biting satire, brilliantly realized by Mascaro, a director who is operating on the highest level of artistry in every aspect. Do not miss this!

Review: GUEST OF HONOUR, Story of Guilt, Childhood Trauma and Vengeance

David Thewlis, Laysla De Oliveira and Luke Wilson star in the latest drama by Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan, now streaming on The Criterion Channel.

Review: Galician Fire in Oliver Laxe's FIRE WILL COME

Laxe observes his beloved Galician region and its people simply and quietly. The old way of living is rapidly disappearing. The notion of time is more visible in these parts of the world because they are close to nature.

New York 2020 Review: UNDINE, Folklore Gets Fresh Makeover in Beguiling Christian Petzold Romance

Paula Beer and Franz Rogowski star in director Christian Petzold's reinvention of a mythical water creature story that parallels the history of the city of Berlin.

New York 2020 Review: THE WOMAN WHO RAN, Hong Sang-soo Again Explores Monotony vs. Chaos

Kim Min-hee, Lee Eun-mi, and Kwon Hae-hyo star in director Hong Sang-soo's deceptively simple yet deliciously playful film.

New York 2020 Review: NOTTURNO, Legacy of Colonialism in the Middle East

Directed by Gianfranco Rosi ('Sacro GRA,' 'Fire at Sea'), the documentary is biting and enormously affecting.

New York 2020 Review: BEGINNING, Powerful Indictment of Religious Patriarchy

Directed by Dea Kulumvegashivli, the powerful drama is one of the most self-assured debut films in recent memory.

Now Streaming: VITALINA VARELA, Another Masterpiece By Pedro Costa

Pedro Costa's latest masterwork is stunning to behold and is now streaming on The Criterion Channel, as part of a new collection of five of his films.

New York 2020 Review: Jia Zhangke's SWIMMING OUT TILL THE SEA TURNS BLUE Presents a History of Literature

Director Jia Zhangke's documentary tells the story of changing times, migration and coming home. And his love for literature.

New York 2020 Review: In Tsai Ming-liang's DAYS, A Wordless, Intimate Encounter

Lee Kang-sheng stars in director Tsai Ming-liang's most intimate and touching film in years.

New York 2020 Review: MALMKROG, Prophetic Vision of Europe in Philosophical Terms

Directed by Cristi Puiu, the film deals with dense, heady philosophical musings from another century. But context is everything.