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Jim Jarmusch

Maysa Monção - 21-10-2016

Time to wake up! Jim Jarmusch's latest flick is a repetitive and sleepy poem about a bus driver, but sadly the director's distinctive wit and genius are mostly missing. And you may fall asleep during the movie, too. [Read More...]
Cambridge Film Festival @ many venues in Cambridge, UK
Oct 20 @ 4:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 10:45 pm
Cambridge Film Festival @ many venues in Cambridge, UK

It’s a celebration of film – past present and future. So, it’s a chance to relive and enjoy past glories, but also to see what’s happening in film right now, and reveal new talents who will shape the future of cinema. A good example of that is a chap who had his student short selected for the programme here back in 1996, named Christopher Nolan. Apparently he’s done quite well since! Of course it’s also a chance to see films from around the world, from other countries and cultures, many of which we might not otherwise come into contact with. And it’s all brought to our doorstep. It brings the people who make the films here, too, of course, so it’s a chance to meet and put your questions to actors, writers and directors. What makes Cambridge different from other festivals is that it attracts big names but is nonetheless intimate and approachable. There are no red carpets, no banks of flashbulbs going off, and the chances are the acclaimed director of the much anticipated new film you’re about to see is happily hanging out in the bar, just like you! Our audiences like that – the filmmakers actually love it, too.

Another particular quest of ours is outdoor screenings, or screenings in unusual places. We show films on Grantchester Meadows and at Jesus Green Lido and work with additional new venues around Cambridgeshire and beyond each year to produce unique, memorable events in special places. Cambridge itself is special and unique, with amazing spaces that are just crying out to be used and enjoyed creatively.

Highlights of the festival are I, Daniel Blake (Ken Loach, 2016), A Brilliant Genocide (Ebony Butler, 2016), As I Open My Eyes (Baya Medhaffer, 2015) and Arsenal (Oleksandr Dovzhenko, 1928).

The festival pass costs £30.00. More info at the festival page.

Black Star: Malcolm X @ BFI Southbank
Oct 22 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Black Star: Malcolm X @ BFI Southbank  | London | England | United Kingdom

BLACK STAR champions the achievements of black stars from the earliest years of cinema through to the present day, whilst exploring why opportunities to shine on screen have been historically limited for black actors. BLACK STAR celebrates films that feature black actors in central roles, bringing their work to a new generation of UK audiences and helping to reposition them and their performances in our collective memory.

There will be more than 275 bespoke screenings and events in over 90 different locations right across the UK, delivered through the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) and its partners.DMovies will highlight the most innovative films and events of the programme. You can search also here.

Based on the 1965 autobiography co-written with future Roots author Alex Haley, Spike Lee’s epic, continent-hopping biopic is a staggering achievement of cinematic craft and ambition. In one of the great screen performances of the 1990s, an Oscar-nominated Denzel Washington brings to life the eponymous activist and orator, creating a three-dimensional portrait for the ages. Angela Bassett is also terrific as activist Betty Shabazz, Malcolm’s wife and confidante.


Festa del Cinema di Roma: Genius @ Mazda Cinema Hall
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Festa del Cinema di Roma: Genius @ Mazda Cinema Hall | Roma | Lazio | Italy

New York, 1920s. Max Perkins,  Scribner’s Sons’s editor, famous for first publishing Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald, receives a 1,000-pages manuscript, by an unkwnown writer called Thomas Wolfe. Perkins is convinced he discovered a genius of literature. Wolfe and Perkins work together on the publication of the manuscript as well as develop a very unusual friendship.

Read our review.

Berlin Porn Film Festival
Oct 26 @ 4:15 pm – Oct 31 @ 4:25 am
Berlin Porn Film Festival

The Pornfilmfestival Berlin is an alternative, independent film festival that focuses on sexuality, politics, feminism and gender issues, and is the only festival of its kind in Germany.

Since 2006, the festival has screened an average of over 100 films from around the world, featuring feminist and queer perspectives on questions around sexual morality, identity, and body norms, emphasizing artistic, alternative approaches to the genre of pornography. Since 2015, over half of the 8,000 viewers—who identify as a diverse mix of hetero-, homo- bi-, trans* and sexually queer—have been female, and 50% are international visitors from around the globe. The film festival is framed by panel discussions, lectures, readings, workshops, performances, exhibitions and many conversations and presentations on the subject of sexuality today.


Love (Gaspar Noé, 2015): The trend of narrative feature films with explicit sex scenes is continued with this 3D drama about the young US-guy Murphy and his failed love with his French girlfriend Elektra. In happy times they have orgies with the neighbor girl. But when Murphy cheats on Elektra and gets the neighbor pregnant she leaves for good. The devastated guy and regretting father is on the edge of self-abandonment while searching for his lost love Elektra.

Chemsex (Max Gogarty, 2015): Sex without limits, everywhere and with everybody seems to be the credo of modern big city gay men in a post-aids-era. With brutal honesty Chemsex portrays men of the gay scene in London, their addiction to sex and drugs, their self-destruction but also possible ways out. This ruthlessly candid documentation even shows “slammers” doing drugs in front of the camera giving a shocking in-depth look into their life.

Tangerine (Sean Baker, 2015): The funniest and most authentic screwball comedy in a long time, showing the life of Afro-American transsexual sex workers in the backside of L.A. Underground at its best, shot entirely on an iPhone, the film follows Sin-Dee Rella on Christmas eve when she’s released from prison and finds out her boyfriend cheated on her with a bio girl. With her best friend she kidnaps her and chases the unfaithful boyfriend through a long Xmas night.

Kiki (Sara Jordenö, 2016): Through a strikingly intimate and visually daring lens, Kiki offers a riveting and complex insight into a safe space created and governed by LGBTQ youth of color, who are demanding happiness and political power. A coming of age story about agency and the transformative artform that is voguing. 25 years after Paris is Burning made this subculture popular, one might ask if yet another film on the subject was necessary. We say yes. Because this film shows that gay marriage is not the last stop in the fight against discrimination and for self-determination. The show must go on.

DMovies will cover the festival in locus. Watch the trailer.

It’s Only The End of The World (Juste la Fin du Monde)

Xavier Dolan

Maysa Monção - 19-10-2016

Who the hell stole my play? Maysa Monção writes a letter to the late French playwright Jean-Luc Lagarce letting him know that Xavier Dolan did a great job adapting his masterpiece to the silver screen; you wouldn't want the poor man rolling in his coffin! [Read More...]

Under the Shadow

Babak Anvari

Victor Fraga - 19-10-2016

The demon is in the missile: terrificaly scary horror from Iran blends the terrors of Iran-Iraq War with evil spirits from Islamic mythology known as Djinn, enveloped by thorny political and social issues - this is our first dirty Halloween treat this year for our readers [Read More...]

I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach

Victor Fraga - 18-10-2016

Britain without dignity and self-respect: Ken Loach's latest drama is an emotional and stinging denunciation of modern Britain's socio-economic failures, and how the benefit system is literally killing people - out in cinemas on Friday [Read More...]

In Pursuit of Silence

Patrick Shen

Pedro Miguel - 17-10-2016

Prick up your ears: the noises of modern life are killing your body and your soul, so instead deep dive into the healing powers of silence - meditative documentary by Patrick Shen is out on Friday [Read More...]


Pablo Larraín

Victor Fraga - 16-10-2016

Redreaming the dreamer: biopic of the Chilean poet and politician Pablo Neruda is as imaginative and colourful as the man it portrays, and a fitting tribute to one of the most important voices of literature and communism in the 20th century - the film is part of the BFI London Film Festival, which ends today [Read More...]


Oliver Stone

Maysa Monção - 14-10-2016

The wizard with a sickly body: Oliver Stone's biopic of one of the most subversive minds on earth does not address the political conjecture and notions of patriotism, instead painting a highly romanticised picture of a splendid man with a frail health - this is one of the last films as the BFI London Film Festival approaches its end [Read More...]


Kleber Mendonça Filho

Victor Fraga - 13-10-2016

The Brazilian weapon of resistance: played by the legendary Sônia Braga, Clara is a woman who uses nostalgia as a shield against her fast-changing and deeply corrupt society, as well as an instrument for both physical and emotional survival - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

What’s in the Darkness

Yichun Wang

Victor Fraga - 12-10-2016

Lewdness and misogyny lurking in the shadows of China: first-time director weaves grim murder mystery with girl's coming-of-age to good results - from the BFI London Film Festival ending on Sunday [Read More...]

Those bloody vegans!!!

DMovies' reader pours her heart out as she talks about 'Meet Your Meat' the film that changed her life forever, in emotional statement

Talking to fascists in Brazil

Jean Wyllys, Brian Robinson and Lucia Nagib talk about 'Rat Fever', sexual freedoms and reactionary politics in Brazil, in DMovies first debate, at the Brazilian Embassy in London

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