A perfect cast and a breezy tone, intermingling with moments of horror and danger, characterise Afire, a more low-key effort from Christian Petzold.
Berlinale 2023 Perspektive Deutsches Kino: German Soft Power
The explicitly German section of the Berlinale, Perspektive Deutsches Kino is a fascinating example of film festival soft power diplomacy.
Infinity Pool Gives you Everything but the Excrement
With Infinity Pool Brandon Cronenberg succeeds in turning lust and indulgence into a car crash of increasingly unnatural scenes we cannot look away from.
in water is Hong Sangsoo’s Best Film In Years
Hong Sangsoo innovates with new techniques to create his best film since On The Beach at Night Alone with In Water — a tremendous ode to the magic of art.
You Have to Try Very Hard to Appreciate Angela Schanelec’s Music
Despite a fine flair for creating aesthetically pleasing images, Music is a thoroughly singular filmmaking experience hard to genuinely love.
Further Adventures in the Panorama Section: Women Strike Back
The patriarchy pushed them to the edge. These three films from the Berlinale Panorama section show how women can fight back.
Yes, Past Lives Is as Good as They Say
Usually Sundance-hype films are overheated and underwhelming. The sly, smart Past Lives is a brilliant exception to the rule.
Berlinale Forum 2023: An Incomplete Past Treating an Unclear Future
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.
Descent Into Cinema Episode Four: Live Panorama Chat
Live from the Playce at the Berlinale, we discuss Drifter, Femme, Silver Haze and other fine panorama films to put on your radar.
Accept No Pleasure in the Manodrome
Move over Joker? There’s a new angry white man in town, courtesy of Jesse Eisenberg in the blistering, problematic, increasingly enjoyable Manodrome.