Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani) is forever reprimanded by his dance teacher for his moves. They are just too soft, too fluid. “You need to be like a monument,” he yells. Merab finds it physically straining to adhere to the stern rules of the Adjarian duet, a type of Georgian folk dance. Fearful his graceful movements may betray him, Merab keeps punishing and pushing himself only to have his burgeoning sexuality surface when Irakli (Bachi Valishvili), a newcomer to the troupe, arrives.
The London version of Sundance Film Festival was once again upon us for its 7th edition, featuring four days of films from the 30th May to the 2nd of June. Screenings where held at Picturehouse Central with a programme consisting of highlights from the parent festival that took place in Park City, Utah in January of this year.
A quarter-century since Sight & Sound's B. Ruby Rich introduced the term, Daniel Theophanous looks back at the New Queer Cinema and its brilliant flagship, My Own Private Idaho
I became aware of My Own Private Idaho, the year of Phoenix’ death, two years after the film’s release. Secretly reading my sister’s Just Seventeen magazines, I was enamoured by the film’s poster boys, River Phoenix and Keanu Reeves, sprawled all over its pages on a regular basis. It was specifically an obituary featur...
For director Pedro Almodóvar, it’s always been the case of nothing is too sacred. No taboos have been left unturned in his unabashed representation of queerness – a staple in his filmography right from the beginning.
A Deal With The Universe released through Peccadillo Pictures is a poignant intimate journal of a trans man, Jason Barker, who makes a life-changing decision to stop taking testosterone in order to conceive a child, after numerous failed attempts and a breast cancer diagnosis hinders his partner’s Tracey chances of conceiving. We had the priviledge to interview Barker about his film.
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The Souvenir is titled after a painting by Jean-Honore Fragonard of a young girl, named Julie, carving on the trunk of a tree whilst her attentive pooch looks on. Another, Julie (Honor Swinton Byrne) is taken by her beau Anthony (Tom Burke) to see this painting at the Wallace Collection, in this sleeper autobiographical tale by director Joanna Hogg about a troubled relationship in her youth. Like the chipping away at the tree bark, through the layers and layers of sophisticated subt...
The Eurovision Song Contest and all its musical funfair is once again upon us this month, taking place in Tel Aviv, after Israel’s win last year with the song Toy by the artist Netta. The contest is split into three events, the first and second Semi Finals take place on the 14th and 16th respectively and the Grand Final on the 18th of May.
It’s pretty risky business to do a remake, even more so if it’s your own film. Or maybe not if the result is an equally impressive one, like Gloria Bell. Director Sebastian Lelio rises to the challenge of remaking his own 2013 Spanish speaking, Santiago set Gloria starring Paulina Garcia reinterpreting it to current day LA with all its hipster trimmings, starring Julianne Moore as Gloria Bell.
To celebrate Trespass Against Us' theatrical release, we are taking a look at how the outsider traveller, Gypsy and Roma communities are represented in cinema.
Trespass Against Us released this Friday, is a traveller-gangster flick starring Michael Fassbender as a happy-go-lucky Irish traveller suffering from a crisis of faith.
Midnight Movies: Talking To John Cameron Mitchell About Parties Daniel Theophanous , September 30th, 2018 10:06
Daniel Theophanous talks to director John Cameron Mitchell about the "lo fi punky feel" of How To Talk To Girls At Parties, his latest film, out now on DVD.
Writer/ director Alice Rohrwacher is carving herself out to be an imminent and unique film-maker of the Italian but also the independent world cinema. With previous films such as Corpo Celeste and The Wonders lauded to much praise, now comes Happy As Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice) a refreshingly twisted, bittersweet charmed realist fable which won her Best Screenplay at Cannes last year. A time-shifting, semi-period drama of sorts about a group of isolated Italian peasant farmers who unbeknownst to...
In the follow up to his BBC mockumentary Carnage, Simon Amstell follows it up with his first theatrical release, Benjamin. A romantic comedy of sorts, starring The Fall’s Colin Morgan, playing a budding filmmaker whose careers is in tatters, but an unexpected love affair with a young musician Noah (Phenix Brossard) forces him to rethink everything he holds true.
Amnesty International started the Write for Rights campaign over 15 years ago: a global letter-writing initiative which has now become one of world’s biggest human rights event. The campaign’s premise is that “sometimes a letter can change someone’s life”. Every December, Amnesty supporters across the globe will write millions of letters for those whose basic human rights are being attacked. They are people like you, continuing a long tradition of writing letters to right some of the world’s biggest wrongs.