Within the Divide: Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ (2020) – NYFF

Between 1970 and 1984, the BBC undertook the Play for Today drama anthology project, commissioning more than 300 television plays––most of which were adapted from plays or novels––that would typically run anywhere between 50 to 100 minutes. Continue reading Within the Divide: Steve McQueen’s ‘Small Axe’ (2020) – NYFF

Review: ‘The Disciple’ (2020) by Chaitanya Tamhane – London Film Festival

Early in writer-director Chaitanye Tamhane’s second feature, The Disciple, the mastery of Hindustani classical music is described as an ‘eternal quest’, which will require ‘sacrifice and no surrender’. Later, its polar opposite is expressed, encouraging practitioners to take a step back and look at what they do within its historical context. Continue reading Review: ‘The Disciple’ (2020) by Chaitanya Tamhane – London Film Festival

FIDMarseille 2020: Powerful Female Voices Breaking the Silence

If you enjoy this article, we ask that you please leave Ejla a tip. by Ejla Kovačević After three months of lockdown and gradual release from confinement as certain public places began re-opening (most notably restaurants and cafés), the French government at last announced the re-opening of cinemas in the first days of summer, much to the delight of countless cinephiles. At that point, Jean-Pierre … Continue reading FIDMarseille 2020: Powerful Female Voices Breaking the Silence

Revolutionizing Festivals – Notes on the First Virtual Ann Arbor Film Festival

If somebody had told me that my first experience of Ann Arbor Film Festival would happen during one of the worst pandemics in recent human history, while I was locked down in the Parisian periphery, I would have seriously reconsidered this person’s mental condition. Continue reading Revolutionizing Festivals – Notes on the First Virtual Ann Arbor Film Festival

Berlinale 2020: “Maybe a singular mountain is a feeling,” an interview with Pushpendra Singh

by MLP As the festival came to a close, and my viewing-energy dwindled, my dear friend Anuj wrote me one evening to ask if I would be interested in watching an Indian film in the morning, and to interview the director afterwards. One month earlier, I had felt a similar call from the ether; after meeting a couple of guys from India in the lobby … Continue reading Berlinale 2020: “Maybe a singular mountain is a feeling,” an interview with Pushpendra Singh

Women’s Day: “Stuck on this bridge of friendship” – An Interview with Ivana Mladenović

Woche der Kritik 2020 endowed us with an opportunity to dive back into the summer of 2017, through the lens (both retinal and camera) of Ivana, the Terrible. Ivana, the Terrible, flavorful as it is, is only a snippet of the broad world of Ivana Mladenović. Continue reading Women’s Day: “Stuck on this bridge of friendship” – An Interview with Ivana Mladenović

Women’s Day: Ring Around

by Yoana Pavlova Yoana Pavlova is a Bulgarian writer, researcher, and programmer, currently based in Paris. Founding editor of Festivalists.com, with bylines for various outlets in English and French, as well as with contributions to books on the New East, French cinephilia, cinema 2.0, at this point her field of work also includes immersive media and analogue methods in art/film criticism. Continue reading Women’s Day: Ring Around