International: Africa

International Genre Focused Hub 'Fantastic Pavilion' to Launch at Marche du Film at Cannes

Variety had the exclusive yesterday, an announcement of the creation of Fantastic Pavilion, "... a significant booth and exhibition space located at the Cannes Marché du Film in the Palais des Festivals".    Announced this week during Ventana Sur in...

South African Horrorfest 2022: THE HARBINGER, KING OF SCREEN And LIFE WITH CHUCKY Highlight African Genre Fest Lineup

After an unforeseen scheduling setback our friends at the South African Horrorfest picked up their bootstraps and were able to reschedule their annual event for this coming week and a half. While its always nice to be able to hold...

Criterion in January 2023: THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN and Some Other Movies

Also out in the new year: 'Bergman Island,' 'Imitation of Life,' 'This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection' and Lars von Trier's 'Europe Trilogy.'

Toronto 2022 Review: THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER, Mirrors and Memories

It might be something bred into us when we're in the womb, a need to please our parents. Or at least, to have some kind of effect on them. The memory of how we either succeeded or failed can haunt...

Toronto 2022 Review: HOLY SPIDER, A Taut and Stark Social Thriller

It might be the world's oldest profession, but prostitution has always been treated with disdain, or far worse, depending on the society and time period. Prostiutes, who are mainly women, are both wanted and reviled; treated as though they are...

Review: In SALOUM, Rules Are Bent and Broken With Aplomb

Yann Gael, Evelyne Ily Juhen and Roger Sallah star in a thriller from Senegal, directed by Jean Luc Herbulot, and now streaming on Shudder.

Shudder's THE HOME FOR HALLOWEEN Event, Counting Down 61 Days to Halloween!

Thank goodness Summer is nearly over. Who's with us? High five? Anyone?   Alas, the days will become shorter and the air crisper but do not dwell on the absence of light and heat but bask in the glow and...

SALOUM: Official Trailer Lands With Aplomb!

Now that Shudder and IFC have announced that they're handling the streaming and threatrical release of the action-horror hybrid Saloum next month it was only a matter of time before we got an official trailer. Boy howdy it does not...

Celludroid 2022: Final Days to Submit to South African Sci-Fi, Animation and Fantasy Film Festival

Was I this many years old when I found out that our friends at South African Horrorfest had a sister festival called Celludroid, and that it focuses on Sci-Fi, Animation and Fantasy subjects? For shame.   Our friends have long...

Shudder Acquires Senegalese Genre Bender SALOUM

Well now. This is fantastic news. This is amazing news.    Shudder has announced that they have acquired the Senegalese film, Saloum. A verifiable kitchen sink of genres, Saloum is equal parts a horror filim, an action film, a revenge...

Review: GOOD MADAM, Chilling Haunted House Story

Laws might change, but it can takes years, or even generations, to change a society and how it operates. What's bred in the bone cannot be easily overturned, and even as some people might techncially have the hard-fought freedom they...

GOOD MADAM (MLUNGU WAM): New Trailer Arrives Ahead of Shudder Release

An eerie psychological thriller about Tsidi, who is forced to moved in with her estranged mother, a live-in domestic worker caring obsessively for her catatonic white 'Madam' in the wealthy Cape Town suburbs. But as Tsidi tries to heal her...

Criterion in September 2022: EXOTICA, SOUND OF METAL, TAKE OUT Lead the Pack

Brian De Palma's 'Blow Out' should blow everyone away in 4K, as should new editions of Henri-Georges Clouzot's 'Le Corbeau' and Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project.

South African Horrorfest 2022: Cape Town Horror Film Festival Extends Submission Deadline

Hey, filmmakers! Our friends at South African Horrorfest have extended their deadline for submissions for this year's film festival and halloween event.    Horrorfest will be hosting their 18th edition this year with in person screenings in Cape Town. There...

Review: NEPTUNE FROST, Spiritual, Joyful, Badass Cyberpunk

The coltan mines in the hills of Burundi supply minerals that makes tantalum capacitors used in most of world's electronic devices. Multidisciplinary artist Saul Williams (Slam) and Rwandan artist Anisa Uzeyman use the mines as a springboard to embark on...

Interview: NEPTUNE FROST, Saul Williams and Anisia Uzeyman on Their Afrofuturist Musical

Neptune Frost, an Afrofuturist musical directed by multidisciplinary American artist Saul Williams and Rwandan visual artist Anisia Uzeyman, is a stunning film that defies conventions in both content and form. When I saw it in a packed theater at the...

Hot Docs 2022: BLUE ISLAND Trailer, Where Did Hong Kong Go?

I know a few people in Hong Kong who are wrestling with this question right now: Should I stay or should I go? Director Chan Tze Woon's film Blue Island has just won the 2022 Best International Feature Documentary Award...

Blu-ray Review: EYIMOFE (THIS IS MY DESIRE), Intimate Lives of Quiet Longing

African filma are sorely lacking in the Criterion collection, certainly not for lack of a quality cinema. And while most cinephiles might be familiar with the term 'Nollywood', the opportunities to see films from Nigeria, or many other African nations,...

Frontières Platform in Cannes Announces Program

Frontières' program kicks off this year at Cannes with the Frontières Platform. This year the program features Proof of Concept presentations and a Buyers Showcase will take place over the third weekend in May.    The Buyers Showcase features first...

The Unnamed Footage Festival Announces Full Program For 5th Edition

The Unnamed Footage Festival will return to in-person this year, at the Roxie and Balboa Theater in San Francisco. Appealing to an unweathering appetite for found footage films the festival will run the weekend of March 17th through 20th and...