Bacurau

Bacurau – Review

This film was previously reviewed as part of our Munich Film Festival coverage in July 2019. Bacurau is a sprawling genre hybrid, a semi-futuristic Western with a strong political undercurrent. The...
Charlatan

Charlatan – Berlinale 2020 Review

After last year’s Mr Jones, prolific Polish director Agnieszka Holland returns to the screen with another biographic film; for as outlandish as it may seem, the story of the ‘Oracle of Urine’ is very...
Shirley

Shirley – Berlinale 2020 Review

The incandescent Madeline’s Madeline still fresh in our memories, Josephine Decker returns to the screen with Shirley. Starkly different from her previous feature, this biographical portrait of acclaimed...
Surge

Surge – Berlinale 2020 Review

Ben Whishaw is certainly one of the finest actors of his generation, and Aneil Karia’s Surge is a film which allows him to flex his muscles unlike any other. Joseph (Whishaw) works in airport security –...
El Profugo

The Intruder – Berlinale 2020 Review

The voice is an instrument, susceptible to changes in a person's mood, or her mental constitution. Natalia Meta's The Intruder (El prófugo) introduces its protagonist's voice as a carefully honed tool for her...
Vento Seco

Dry Wind – Berlinale 2020 Review

Desire runs through this film as the titular Dry Wind (Vento Seco) does through its setting: rural mid-western Brazil, where Sandro (Leandro Faria Lelo) follows his monotonous daily routine. Working at the big...
Pinocchio

Pinocchio – Berlinale 2020 Review

While it may seem like Matteo Garrone is independently hopping on the recent live action Disney remakes train, the history of Pinocchio stretches back much further than the 1940 animated film – though this...