Isabelle Huppert is the worst French teacher of all time in Hong Sangsoo’s sly and very funny comment on Korean national anxieties.
Funnier than most out-and-out comedies, Sterben captures the messy absurdity of life in all its glory, despite, or perhaps, because of, the sad subject matter.
Berlinale Generation explores the world from a childlike or teenage perspective. We discovered the stories worth highlighting from this year’s Berlinale.
Suspended Time (Olivier Assayas, 2024) is the lockdown comedy that finds little dramatic potential in its set-up, feeling like a 100-minute episode of a sitcom.
Piero Messina’s science-fiction Another End fails to inspire interesting questions or interest the viewer visually. It’s a bust, live from Berlin Film Festival.
Coming-out stories in Generation are a dime-a-dozen. Thankfully Anthony Schattman’s Young Hearts rises above the crop thanks to its authentic performances.
Transcendent reincarnation, familial reverberations and Hong’s most delicate film in years characterise an Encounters section echoing through space and time.
Despite a fine flair for creating aesthetically pleasing images, Music is a thoroughly singular filmmaking experience hard to genuinely love.
A family celebration provides the setting for a haunting coming-of-age tale, courtesy of auteur to watch, Lila Avilés. Golden Bear winner?
A handful of forum films, including new works by James Benning and Claire Simon, probe the ways history, ever contested, is inscribed onto the future.