Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

By Jacob Mertens. Imagine the dim squalor of a CGI 19th century London. A conspicuous automobile squeezes past a narrow alley, coughing smoke, shambling down the cobbled street amongst pedestrians and horse drawn carriages. Inside the car, Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) dons the vaudevillian disguise of a wispy, full-length beard, […]

A Revolutionary Festival: 33rd International Festival of Mediterranean Cinema at Montpellier (October 21-29, 2011)

By Christiane Passevant translated by Neville Rigby. True to tradition, the 33rd International Festival of Mediterranean Cinema, CINEMED, fulfilled its role in revealing new cinematic talent, while also reflecting the new movements, revolts and revolutions around the wider Mediterranean. The great surprise of the year has been to evaluate how […]

The Problem with Dinosaurs

By Carmel Doohan. “Social realism, what the fuck is social realism?” Paddy Considine, Director of Tyrannosaur (Little White Lies- Oct 2011) The ‘social’ came from ‘socialist’. When the soon to be directors of the British New Wave (Karel Reisz- Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, Lindsay Anderson- This Sporting Life, Tony Richardson- […]

Arab Cinema Now and Tomorrow

  By Omar Robert Hamilton. No form of art is as tied to reality as cinema. Though Hollywood would have us think differently, the fundamental element to making a film is to press record on a camera. From cinema verité to Avatar – the first step toward making a film […]

American Translation (2011)

By Gary M. Kramer. Another penetrating examination of sex and crime, love and death, Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr’s compelling American Translation picks up thematically where their previous effort, One to Another ended. This striking new film confirms the directors’ insistence on making daring, challenging films about sexual, mental, emotional, […]

Tom McCarthy’s Win Win: All in the Game

By Matthew Sorrento. While wary of classification in general, filmmakers and cinephiles resist associations to the “sports movie” the most. The athlete’s journey to the final match, the win- or lose-all moment, is often simplified into mass culture. The Coen brothers reflected this distrust in Barton Fink, when the title […]

Film Scratches Blog #3

By Liza Palmer, Review Section Editor. Happy holidays 2011, all! The excitement of the season can now be translated into the new Film International call-for-reviews list! Thanks, as ever, for your support of and service to Film International. And good health and best wishes to you and yours. Film International is […]

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

By Carolyn Lake. The much anticipated adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s award-winning novel, We Need to Talk About Kevin, has become one of this year’s must-see films. Director and co-writer Lynne Ramsay has created a sensory feast that leaves you feeling ill, as it should. Tilda Swinton does a truly exceptional […]

EPFF6: Sixth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival, 3-6 November 2011

By Yun-hua Chen. Organised by The Institute of Psychoanalysis under the Honorary Presidency of Bernardo Bertolucci, the Sixth European Psychoanalytic Film Festival is a miniature film festival with the specific theme of “Border-Crossing: Migration Across National and Mental States”. It is curated by Andrea Sabbadini and hosted at BAFTA, London, […]

Preaching Brimstone in Camp Hell

By Cleaver Patterson. Camp Hell (2010) is not as the title may suggest an expose of the outer fringes of gay culture. What we have instead is something often anomalistic within the genre in which it comes – a horror film which attempts to be serious. Whether it succeeds or […]