International: Middle East

Another Gaze Presents Films by Palestinian Women, Online and Free

"The movies are like a machine that generates empathy", Roger Ebert once said. While I would argue that this applies to any art form, the ease with which movies travel has meant we have come to know and view the...

Review: 2021 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORT FILMS - LIVE ACTION, Fraught With Tension

All five titles nominated for Academy Award, Best Live Action Short, are included in the program, now playing in select theaters.

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.

Review: STRAY, Born to Be Wild

Elizabeth Lo's mesmerizing documentary follows dogs on the streets in Turkey. That's it, but it's more than enough.

LOBO FEROZ: Spanish Language Adaptation of BIG BAD WOLVES is Finally Underway

Production has finally begun on Lobo Feroz the Spanish language adaptation of the Israeli revenge thriller Big Bad Wolves. We shared the news with you about this adaptation back in May 2019, but you know, plague and pestilence got in...

Criterion in May 2021: FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH and Other Modern Cinema Classics

The shattering 'Nightmare Alley' is also heading out, along with 'Flowers of Shanghai,' 'Trances' and 'Merrily We Go to Hell.'

Now Streaming: LOSING ALICE, Puzzling Psychological Mysteries

Halfway through Sigal Avin's latest series from Israel, I still have no idea what to think. Ayulet Zurer, Lihi Kornowski, and Gal Toren star; now streaming on Apple TV+.

Rotterdam 2021 Trailer: THE CEMIL SHOW

Next week sees the start of the 50th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and a big party that should have been... if it weren't for the Covid-19 pandemic. As the single largest cultural event in the Netherlands, often...

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: REDEMPTION DAY, Husband to the Rescue

Gary Dourdan, Serina Swan, Ernie Hudson, Martin Donovan, and Andy Garcia star in the action drama, directed by Hicham Hajji.

THE NIGHT Trailer: Things Go Bump in The Night at Hotel Normandie in US-Iranian Horror Flick

Oooh, here's something to keep an eye out for at the end of the month. IFC Midnight is releasing The Night, a very cool looking horror flick and the directorial debut from Iranian filmmaker Kourosh Ahari on digital and VOD...

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.

Friday One Sheet: 3 Posters By Midia Kiasat

Muted colour palettes, silent subject focus, and angled, alienating architecture -- I thought this would be a good week to highlight the work of Iranian designer, VFX artist, director and occasional didgeridoo player, Midia Kiasat. Below are three of his...

Venice 2020 Review: Enigmatic CARELESS CRIME Pushes Boundaries of Form and Structure

Iranian director Shahram Mokri, known for his single-shot films and his decided penchant for time-loops, achieves formalistic excellence in his latest effort.

Toronto 2020 Review: LIMBO, The Refugee Experience As A Dazzling, Deadpan Fantasia

We are in a small grocery store on an isolated island off the northwest coast of Scotland. The camera smoothly glides along, past the canned goods and hardware, to the ‘spice’ section. Here it stops to reveal only salt, pepper,...

Blu-ray Review: Criterion Upgrades Kiarostami's TASTE OF CHERRY

Filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami returns to the roads of Iran on an exploratory quest about death and life.

Now Streaming: JERUZALEM, Highway to Hell

Yael Grobglas, Yon Tumarkin, and Danielle Jadelyn star in the horror film, directed by Doran Paz and Yoaz Paz, and now streaming on Shudder.

Now Streaming: SYNONYMS, Hilarious, Poignant, Filled With Manic Energy

Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, and Louise Chevillotte star in director Nadav Lapid's film, now streaming on The Criterion Channel.

Now Streaming: MASAMEER THE MOVIE, Merrily Mocking Superheroes

Directed by Malik Nejer, the animated film hails from Saudia Arabia and is now on Netflix.

Rotterdam 2020 Review: Saeed Roustayi's JUST 6.5 Scores An 8.8

Iran. As a country, we often see it in the news as "the other", a large territory in the Middle East which is, if not outright antagonistic, at the very least totally alien. It's quite an eye-opener when all those...