Film of the Fortnight: Pather Panchali

Pather Panchali (1955) Satyajit Ray Say Indian film and most people think of colourful Bollywood movies filled with song and dance routines. Indian film is, however, so much more than that. A case in point is Pather Panchali (meaning Song of the Road), a black and white Indian drama film directed by Satyajit Ray. Pather Panchali tells…

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Film of the Fortnight: Persepolis

Persepolis (2007) Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud Persepolis is a French-Iranian animated film written and directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud. It is based on Satrapi’s autobiographical graphic novel of the same name and depicts her childhood and young adulthood in Tehran and Vienna against the backdrop of the Iranian Revolution. Persepolis beautifully balances political and personal issues, historical events and everyday occurrences,…

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Film of the Fortnight: Requiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream (2000) Darren Aronofsky A kick in the guts. That’s how it feels to watch Requiem for a Dream, the second film by American filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. Requiem for a Dream is a dark psychological drama film that tells the story of four people becoming increasingly addicted to drugs. It’s based on…

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Film of the Fortnight: Tokyo Story

September is back and with it Film of the Fortnight. Tokyo Story (1953) Yasujiro Ozu Tokyo Story is the most praised film made by Japanese Yasujiro Ozu, one of the highest regarded filmmakers that has ever lived. The setup is simple: an elderly married couple set out to visit their grown-up children living in Tokyo….

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Film of the Fortnight: Songs from the Second Floor

Songs from the Second Floor (2000) Roy Andersson Roy Andersson is arguably Sweden’s greatest and definitely Sweden’s most singular living filmmaker. There are many things that set Andersson apart, among them the imagery that has become his hallmark – bleak tableauesque scenes devoid of cuts and close ups – and an unmistakable absurdist tone. The…

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Film of the Fortnight: Hiroshima mon amour

Hiroshima mon amour (1959) Alain Resnais Hiroshima mon amour is a French-Japanese drama film directed by Alain Resnais, with a screenplay by Marguerite Duras. On the surface it depicts the affair between a French actress, shooting an anti-war film in Hiroshima, and a Japanese architect. At its core it deals with subjects such as understanding…

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Film of the Fortnight: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984) Hayao Miyazaki Environmental destruction, fear, conflict, warfare and compassion. Those are the central themes of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, a Japanese animated science fiction/fantasy adventure film written and directed by anime grandmaster Hayao Miyazaki. The film, which takes place in a distant post-apocalyptic future,…

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Film of the Fortnight: Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001) John Cameron Mitchell Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a musical comedy drama film based on an off-Broadway glam rock musical with the same name. It was adapted for the screen and directed by John Cameron Mitchell who, together with Stephen Trask, also wrote the play. Mitchell furthermore plays…

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Film of the Fortnight: Come and see

Come and See (1985) Elem Klimov There are good films and there are great films. There are awful films and there are gruesome films. Come and See is a great and gruesome film. As a skillfully crafted and excellently acted Soviet war drama that takes place during the Nazi German occupation of the Belorussian SSR…

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Film of the Fortnight: The Triplets of Belleville

The Triplets of Belleville (2003) Sylvain Chomet The Triplets of Belleville is a French animated comedy and adventure film like no other, written and directed by Sylvain Chomet. What sets it apart is the animation and the narration. It is skillfully caricaturististic in style, rich in detail and full of surreal touches. Furthermore it features…

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