Photograph

Photograph – Berlinale 2019 Review

Ritesh Batra excels at slow-burn romance and proves this once again in Photograph. Returning to his native Mumbai after several English-language projects, his latest film draws on the foundation of his 2013...
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Flesh Out – Berlinale 2019 Review

“He said I’m not fat,” says Verida to her horrified friend in Flesh Out. The man who has insulted her so much is her fiancé, for whom the young Verida is trying to gain as much weight as possible...
Berlinale Dafne

Dafne – Berlinale 2019 Review

For a film set in motion by a death, Dafne bursts with life. The titular heroine (Carolina Raspanti) suddenly loses her mother in the film’s opening minutes – the accident is never fully explained, but...
Hormigas

Hormigas – Berlinale 2019 Review

Hormigas – or El despertar de las hormigas (The Awakening of the Ants) – is a quietly emancipatory film from Costa Rican writer-director Antonella Sudasassi Furniss, following the daily existence of her...
Une Colonie

A Colony – Berlinale 2019 Review

School can be a hostile environment – particularly for those who don’t quite fit in. A Colony centers around Mylia (Émilie Bierre), whose entry into high school marks the end of childhood and the...
Berlinale Mr Jones

Mr Jones – Berlinale 2019 Review

Agnieszka Holland’s account of the man who exposed Stalin’s Ukrainian famine is a straightforward account whose tone occasionally jars with genre touches – these dynamic choices would work better if...
Berlinale Bait

Bait – Berlinale 2019 Review

Gentrification is the enemy in Bait, Mark Jenkin’s black and white drama set on Cornwall’s fishing coast and the UK’s only entry to the Berlinale’s Forum programme this year. The philosophical and...