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  • What should have won the 2019 Cannes Palme d’Or?

    It wasn’t to be the second year a female director won Cannes’s top prize, but our contributors certainly fancied it as much as Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite. Isabel Stevens introduces thoughts from ten of our contributors.

    Isabel Stevens, Nick James, Geoff Andrew, John Bleasdale, Rebecca Harrison, Ela Bittencourt, Ella Kemp, Giovanni Marchini Camia, Katherine McLaughlin, Jonathan Romney, Caspar Salmon
    Saturday 25 May 2019

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  • Genre and disorder at Cannes 2019: a midway round-up

    Halfway through this year’s festival, B-movie upgrades and distillations of societal collapse have run riot, with Mati Diop’s Atlantics and Céline Sciamma’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire likely candidates for awards, says Nick James.

    Nick James
    Monday 20 May 2019

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  • Cannes 2019 begins

    Arise, this year’s surprises, says Nick James.

    Nick James
    Tuesday 14 May 2019

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  • Should we stay or should we go? Three grounded escapes at Sci-Fi-London 2019

    A trio of interior indie sci-fi excursions in this year’s genre showcase spin existential quests from the wreckage of our present-day home, says Anton Bitel.

    Anton Bitel
    Tuesday 14 May 2019

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  • Fostering a new Scottish cinema at Glasgow Short Film Festival 2019

    At the quietly radical Glasgow Short Film Festival, local filmmaking talent was in rude health, which augurs well for the future of the national industry, reports Jamie Dunn.

    Jamie Dunn
    Thursday 4 April 2019

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  • Seven silent self-willed heroines at HippFest 2019

    As a corrective to the stereotype of women in silent cinema as invariably passive and helpless, Falkirk’s go-get Hippodrome Silent Film Festival this year showcased an international spectrum of female protagonists young and old, reports Pamela Hutchinson.

    Pamela Hutchinson
    Thursday 4 April 2019

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  • Dreaming an altered future at True/False 2019

    Columbia, Missouri’s brilliantly irregular gem of a festival was especially provocative this year, dissolving boundaries and asking challenging questions, not just about the documentary form but about art, activism and our collective agency, writes Sophie Brown.

    Sophie Brown
    Thursday 14 March 2019

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  • Clermont-Ferrand 2019: seven of the best short films

    The programme at the world’s biggest short film festival reflect the event itself – eclectic, and somewhat anarchic. Laurence Boyce rounds up some of the best of this annual state-of-the-art snapshot.

    Laurence Boyce
    Wednesday 13 March 2019

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  • Glasgow Film Festival 2019: a vital antidote to one-size cinema

    This year’s programme was about more than just big-ticket premieres, offering local filmgoers precious access to word-of-mouth independent movies – an opportunity all the more welcome amidst the current battles over distribution models and windows, reports Rebecca Harrison.

    Rebecca Harrison
    Wednesday 13 March 2019

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  • The films of Márta Mészáros: power, feminism and transindividuality

    A retrospective at the Berlinale revealed the radical energy running through the Hungarian director’s work, and connections both with her contemporaries and with modern cinema, writes Ela Bittencourt.

    Ela Bittencourt
    Thursday 28 February 2019

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