Assistant

The Assistant – Review

This film was previously reviewed as part of our Berlinale Film Festival coverage in February 2020. It is still dark when Jane (Julia Garner) gets in a taxi outside her modest flat. She dozes when she can...
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...
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...
Siberia

Siberia – Berlinale 2020 Review

Abel Ferrara’s latest film blends a quintessential man vs. nature struggle and the age-old search for life’s meaning with a heavy dose of metaphysics. Siberia, however, does nothing narratively or...
Exile

Exile – Berlinale 2020 Review

The most effective horror comes from the unknown. In Visar Morina’s dramatic thriller, Xhafer is a Serbian pharmaceutical engineer who now lives in Germany with his wife and three children. One day, he finds...
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...