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Eastern European Cinema: The Quiz

Eastern European Cinema: The Quiz

27th February

This month's quiz centres on cinema in Eastern Europe between the coming of talkies and the new waves of the post-Communist era. The questions cover films and film-makers from countrie...

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Cry of the City: Scrapping for survival

Cry of the City: Scrapping for survival

Mark Reynolds on 17th April / comments

The centerpiece of the BFI’s Robert Siodmak season, this vibrant thriller is a gripping introduction to the work of the overlooked but hugely influential director, once hailed as the ‘new Hitchcock’ f...

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Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision - Film of the Week

Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision - Film of the Week

Mike McCahill on 17th April / comments

German director Edgar Reitz here offers a prologue to the events chronicled in his ongoing Heimat series, tracking his fictional Simon clan back to the 19th century. Its storytelling is entirely worth...

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Cannes 2015 - Line-Up Revealed

Cannes 2015 - Line-Up Revealed

16th April

The official selections have been announced for Cannes Film Festival 2015, the 68th year the festival will take place.

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Glassland: fiercely impressive Irish drama

Glassland: fiercely impressive Irish drama

Mike McCahill on 16th April / comments

This Irish feature charts the troubled relationship between a struggling twentysomething taxi driver and the alcoholic mother he’s trying to help. It’s not easy viewing, but it’s convincing and terrif...

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Amar, Akbar & Tony: a laddish Brit caper

Amar, Akbar & Tony: a laddish Brit caper

Mike McCahill on 16th April / comments

This Bollywood-referencing low-budget Brit caper details the misadventures of three wideboys putting down roots in latter-day West London. Its tone, on the other hand, is all over the place, writes Mi...

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First Suffragette Trailer Released

First Suffragette Trailer Released

Anna Walker on 15th April / comments

Upcoming historical drama Suffragette has rallied behind the 'votingmatters' campaign with the release of a new teaser trailer.

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Fassbinder Films

Fassbinder Films

James Oliver on 15th April / comments

Rainer Werner Fassbinder is one of the great figures of world cinema, but his sheer productivity makes him a daunting prospect for the newcomer.

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Heimat

Heimat

David Parkinson on 15th April / comments

Is Edgar Reitz's epic odyssey about to end with a prequel? As Home From Home: Chronicle of a Vision arrives in cinemas, Crash Course pays homage to one of the most monumental achievements in screen hi...

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Gente de Bien: a Boyhood in Bogota

Gente de Bien: a Boyhood in Bogota

Mike McCahill on 14th April / comments

This Colombian drama, about a young boy being juggled between divorced parents, received favourable reviews during last year’s Cannes Critics’ Week. It offers a pointed corrective to Richard Linklater...

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The Invisible Life: a non-existent kind of drama

The Invisible Life: a non-existent kind of drama

Mike McCahill on 13th April / comments

This brooding drama from Portugal’s Vitor Goncalves details the shifting relationship between two colleagues in the wake of a terminal illness diagnosis. It’s unlikely to cure our collective blind spo...

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Maidan

Maidan

Mike McCahill on 13th April

This potent documentary by filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa (In the Fog) charts the ups and downs of the protest movement in Ukraine between December 2013 and February 2014, using cameras placed at street le...

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Fassbinder Films

James Oliver on 15th April / comments

Rainer Werner Fassbinder is one of the great figures of world cinema, but his sheer productivity makes him a daunting prospect for the newcomer.

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Heimat

David Parkinson on 15th April / comments

Is Edgar Reitz's epic odyssey about to end with a prequel? As Home From Home: Chronicle of a Vision arrives in cinemas, Crash Course pays homage to one of the most monumental achievements in screen history.

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Roberto Rossellini's War Trilogy

David Parkinson on 9th April / comments

As the BFI releases the Trilogy in limited edition Blu-ray and individual DVDs, we look back at the making of the neo-realist landmarks that transformed Roberto Rossellini from a Fascist-sponsored journeyman...

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Chapter 3: Bad Girls

Barry Forshaw on 8th April / comments

The smart, witty and frank sex comedies of the 1930s are as fondly celebrated today as when they originally delighted audiences.

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Shooting Stars

James Oliver on 7th April / comments

James Oliver pays homage to directors whose careers were untimely cut short.

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Sidney Lumet

David Parkinson on 6th April / comments

Sidney Lumet is one of the key figures in post-studio American cinema.

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