Seventeen (Siebzehn)

Seventeen (Siebzehn) Austria (2017) Dir. Monja Art “Why must I be a teenager in love?” If you were around in 1959 you’ll recall Marty Wilde (or Dion if you’re American) singing the above lament to countless kids in the same situation. The title of Seventeen is also a rather festive giveaway regarding what to expect … Continue reading Seventeen (Siebzehn)

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Nina

Nina Poland (2018) Dir. Olga Chajdas There are many moral dilemmas in life born from acts of altruism and generosity at their purest, fraught with many frustrating complications that are frankly inevitable. Chief among them would be the act of surrogacy, a noble deed blighted by the complexities of human emotion. For teacher Nina (Julia … Continue reading Nina

November

November Estonia (2017) Dir. Rainer Sarnet There must be something in the water in Eastern Europe as many of THE weirdest films come from this region. Throwing their hat into the ring is Estonia - making their first appearance on this site - with a film framed within its own unique folklore, so if you … Continue reading November

Foxtrot

Foxtrot Israel/Germany/France/Switzerland (2017) Dir. Samuel Maoz War is the cause of much hurt and not always visible either. The mental anguish suffered by those in the midst of battle or at home left to wonder how their loved ones are doing is immeasurable and can’t be calculated or normalised in any way. Everyone reacts differently … Continue reading Foxtrot

An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo)

An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) China (2018) Dir. Hu Bo The world is not a nice place at the moment, a sad but true fact which haunts us all on a daily basis. Many have their own ways of dealing with it - some face it head on with varying … Continue reading An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo)

Kizumongatari Part 1: Tekkestu

Kizumongatari Part 1: Tekkestu (Cert 15) 1 Disc Blu-ray (Distributor: MVM) Running time: 64 minutes approx. Release Date: June 10th   Just when I thought I was safe from the nonsensical and impenetrable world that is Nisio Isin’s Monogatari saga, a new film trilogy entitled Kizumongatari is brought to UK shores by MVM! Regular readers … Continue reading Kizumongatari Part 1: Tekkestu

Burning

Burning (Cert 15) 1 Disc DVD/Blu-ray (Distributor: Thunderbird Releasing) Running Time: 148 minutes approx. Release Date – May 27th I’ve been a fan of Lee Chang-dong for many years. His film Poetry was my favourite for 2010 whilst 2002’s Oasis remains one of the most hard-hitting social dramas on the subject of disability I’ve ever … Continue reading Burning