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Victor Fraga

Victor Fraga

Victor Fraga (Writer and Publisher)
A dirty Brazilian immigrant in London

Victor Fraga is a Brazilian born and London-based writer with more than 15 years of involvement in the cinema industry and beyond.

He has vast experience as a film journalist. He was previously the editor of the now defunct UK independent magazine The Film Festival Magazine (2006 and 2007) and JungleDrums (2007 and 2008). He also has written about film for large national newspapers on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Guardian (UK), A Tarde and O Povo (Brazil). In 2006, he managed the 1st Brazilian Film Festival in the UK, which celebrated 10 years of the renaissance of Brazilian cinema. He has also organised a cineclub and screenings for diverse movies since.

He has also worked as a business analyst writing reports about technology for 15 years for the Guardian, Frost & Sullivan, Mintel and IDC.

Having lived in Europe since 1997, Victor has excellent written and oral command of English, Portuguese, Spanish and German, as well as some intermediate French and some knowledge of Russian. His family lives in Spain, and Victor himself has lived in France, Germany and Russia. These stints were driven by the passion for the cinema from these countries,

His writing has often been described as compelling, incisive and controversial. He believes that cinema should never be mistaken for a harmless entertainment tool. He conceived the website DMovies because he wants – together with other people in the industry – to rediscover the often neglected “dirty” aspects of cinema. He’s ready to dig deep down and get filthy anytime, and to reclaim the value of the precious gemstones of cinema in the UK, Brazil, Europe and elsewhere.

Why not drop Victor Fraga a line at victor@dirtymovies.org?


Other posts by Victor Fraga
Muito Romântico
Brazilian couple draws inspiration from German literature, Brazilian music and their very own experience as immigrants in order to create their first feature film, a very personal and multilayered concoction [Read More...]

Elle
Verhoeven's latest movie is a sensual ballad of visceral sex and dysfunctional relationships, elegant in its eccentricity and deliciously repulsive in its pathology, starring Isabelle Huppert - out in cinemas March 20th [Read More...]

Bones of Contention
Is it about time Spain unearths the bones of Federico García Lorca and uncover its dirty history? Or should the past be left undisturbed? Doc searches for the answer, at Berlinale [Read More...]

Vazante
Profoundly lyrical and feminine anthropological drama set in colonial Brazil opens the wounds of a country still grappling with its race and gender identity - from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Ana, mon Amour
Romanian drama with about turbulent relationship has great emotional depth and unusual chronology - it is one of the favourite for the Berlinale's top prize [Read More...]

Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le)
When the dreams of the Chinese turn into a bloody nightmare - this filthy animation is one of the best surprises of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

On the Beach at Night Alone (Bamui Haebyun-Eoseo Honja)
Korean indie director examines the love life of a famous actress taking some time out, and achieves something previously deemed impossible - live from the Berlin Film Festival [Read More...]

Joaquim
Brazilian filmmaker hits Portuguese colonisers and modern imperialists where it hurts, exposing a continent deeply entrenched in racism, classism and hypocrisy - live from the Berlin Film Festival [Read More...]

The Bar (El Bar)
Spanish cult director Álex de la Iglesia creates a convincing mock-horror/thriller, guaranteed to keep you cringing and laughing for nearly two hours - from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Colo
The silent collapse of a Portuguese family due to the effects of the economic crisis makes for languid and painful watching, a rich feast for lovers of prolongue torment and gloom - live from the Berlin Film Festival [Read More...]

The Misandrists
Man-hating female revolutionaries do not want equality, and instead they have established an alternative society of their own - in Bruce LaBruce's latest movie [Read More...]

The Other Side of Hope (Toivon Tuolla Puolen)
Think Scandinavian humour is no laughing matter? Think again. Finnish comedy uses very unusual gags in order to raise questions about the refugee crisis - to very convincing results [Read More...]

Multiple Maniacs
This hearty feast of murder, blasphemy, cannibalism and sheer bad taste is guaranteed to give you food poisoning - does John's classic Multiple Maniacs remain the dirtiest movie ever made? [Read More...]

The Party
British filmmaker Sally Potter fails to throw a big party at Berlin Film Festival: despite a top-drawer cast, her latest endeavour is a mediocre comedy eliciting the occasional laughter [Read More...]

Insyriated
Put on the shoes of a mother protecting the young and the elderly in the Syrian War - this a film that Theresa May, Donald Trump or anyone unsympathetic of the refugee cause should see [Read More...]

Viceroy’s House
Urgent lesson of British history, accountability and vested interests premieres at the Berlin Film Festival, but the movie is not without faults. [Read More...]

Discreet
Meditative and sensorial movie about anonymous sex and dysfunctional family relations is a delightful addition to the Panorama Section of the Berlin International Film Festival taking place right now [Read More...]

Vaya
Johannesburg is a city of violence and shattered dreams where three very different migrant stories interlock - from the Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

Wild Mouse (Wilde Maus)
How does a middle-aged and intellectual Austrian rodent gnaw his way through unemployment? With rage and an unwavering lust for revenge - live at Berlinale [Read More...]

In the Intense Now (No Intenso Agora)
From Brazil to Europe, this profoundly personal documentary is a nostalgic eulogy to the revolutionary vigour of the 1960s - live from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Final Portrait
How do you paint the portrait of an American brute and degenerate? Alberto Giacometti has the answer ... or maybe not - Final Portrait is showing at the Berlinale [Read More...]

Chavela
Cry with the llorona: doc follows the life of the extraordinary Chavela Vargas from cradle to grave, in an emotinal journey that's ensured to grip you - live from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to John Waters
As we celebrate our one-year anniversary, we talked to the filthy American filmmaker across the pond about American obsessions, British choppers, the impending rerelease of the classic Multiple Maniacs, and... Donald Trump's taste in porn! [Read More...]

The Wailing
This loud and boisterous k-horror is certain to damage your hearing and blur your vision with its unrelenting and multimyriad gimmicks, if you can spare 150 scary minutes of your life [Read More...]

LoveTrue
No family format is too unorthodox. No relationship is too unusual. Love is always the answer to a broken heart or a broken home. Astounding blend of documentary and fiction sheds the light of optimism on the most unlikely and dark places [Read More...]

UK18
Do you think that the UK is far from becoming a totalitarian regime? Think again. RFID chips are to be implemented inside each one of us from January 2018 - intrepid British sci-fi raises urgent questions about surveillance [Read More...]

Loving
Jeff Nichol's drama about the interracial marriage that triggered the invalidation of anti-miscegenation laws in the US acquires extra relevance in Trumpian era of fascism - out in cinemas Friday [Read More...]

Jackie
Biopic of the most remembered and revered first lady of the US is touching and effective, with Natalie Portman delivering a very convincing and rivetting performance - yet the grandiose tone of the film dissonates from the Chilean directors's more uncurby works - in cinemas Friday [Read More...]

Road to the Well
This exquisite and delectable blend of Lynchian suspense and neo-noir murder is guaranteed to keep you hooked for nearly two hours and brooding over it for hours to come - watch this hidden gem now online [Read More...]

Irreplaceable (Médicin de Campagne)
What happens when a headstrong and tenacious doctor constantly dealing with dying patients becomes ill with an incurable disease? Can he step out of the caretaker's shoes into the receiving end? [Read More...]

Blaxploitalian – 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema
Italy is still at odds with Black representation in cinema and media; doc exposes a country that has done remarkably little in order to fight discrimination [Read More...]

2016 was just a freaky horror movie!!!
This year wasn't real! It just a like a very scary horror flick that you couldn't wait for it to finish. The difference is that you couldn't walk out of the cinema. Now it's finally over... OR NOT!!! [Read More...]

Petting Zoo
A dark tale of a harsh and callous red state that forces a teenage girl to gatecrash into adulthood, yet unable to make the most important decision of her life - digitally available for the first time now [Read More...]

Rats
Watch this on an empty stomach! Take a very close and intimate look at our disgusting furry friends; their world might be filthy, but they more in common with us than you'd expect [Read More...]

This is NOT just a film!!!
Real life imitates fiction! Some films are just so powerful that they just never come to a closure; we selected seven films where the character eventually found their way into the real world, often to tragic and catastrophic results [Read More...]

Who needs a lesbian princess?
As the world speculates whether the magic cinema of Disney is ready to crown a lesbian princess, we raise a different question: do LGBT people need to embrace an institution as archaic as princesshood? [Read More...]

The neverending rape
Did Maria Schneider feel violated every time a viewer was aroused by the butter scene in 'The Last Tango in Paris'? And were we all silent accomplices of rape for four decades? [Read More...]

Magnus
The winner takes it all: Magnus Carlsen became the youngest and highest-ranking chess player of all times three years ago, inspiring young people from all corners of the planet - but just how did we do it? [Read More...]

The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev
Does music liberate or confine this family? Papa Alaev has the majestic voice of thunder and the overbearing hand of a despot, which he uses to chastise and control his family of musicians - Israeli doc looks at folk music and orthodox social norms [Read More...]

The Dreamed Ones (Die Geträumten)
A fugue into a tragic existence: the impossible love between Paul Celan and Ingeborg Bachmann is the centrepiece of this very unusual Austrian film, where the poetic licence freely permeates the movie structure - in cinemas on Friday [Read More...]

The Truth Beneath
Elections to kill for! K-thriller combines the colourful and the morbid in a twisted tale of teenage angst, political campaigning and murder - from the London Korean Film Festival taking place right now [Read More...]

Urmila: My Memory is My Power
12 years a child slave: Nepalese women's rights activist Urmila Chaudary fights to save young girls in her country from the tragic fate that befell her at the age of just six, when she became a kamalari [Read More...]

The War Show
The camera is my weapon: a circle of young and liberal friends register the Syrian conflict, from the colourful beginnings in 2011, when they were filled with hope for democracy, to the widespread chaos and hopelessness that prevail now [Read More...]

The Great Trumptator
"Brutes have risen to power. But they lie!" - find out why the final speech of Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator is more urgent than ever, and that Trump's empty promises are a mere cover for very dirty things to come [Read More...]

Bruce LaBruce answers our dirty questions
"In Britain, they hacked my films to pieces" - DMovies met in Berlin with the queer progressive Canadian filmmaker in order to talk about censorship, radical feminists, bourgeois gays, deceptive politics, the perfect film role for the "hunky" Canadian head of government Justin Trudeau, and what he would do if he became Prime Minister [Read More...]

Alt.Russia
The longest tour of all times: rock-indie Placebo tour the vastness of the largest country on earth, and they uncover a lesser-known colourful, trendy and even subversive side of Russians - rockumentary is part of the Doc'n Roll Film Festival [Read More...]

Ken Loach answers our dirty questions
The veteran and legendary British filmmaker talks exclusively to DMovies about 2,300 Daniel Blakes, a government that deliberately murders people, nostalgic period dramas, Britishness, Brexit, immigration and whether Cathy would be homeless 50 years later! [Read More...]

The Madness among Us (A Loucura entre Nós)
Beyond Jekyll and Hyde: highly feminine and tender Brazilian doc busts the myths of insanity, helping to shed the stigma of people living with mental health issues [Read More...]

Cursed Be Your Name, Liberty (Maldito Sea tu Nombre, Libertad)
Finding freedom through Aids: extremely rare to be seen Cuban documentary reveals rockers that find liberty by injecting themselves with the HIV virus, at a time when this was almost synonymous with a death sentence - here they explain their twisted and frantic reasoning [Read More...]

Is this the most outrageous film festival ever?
A small, very unusual and vibrant film festival takes place every year in Berlin attracting a very enthusiastic following, but a four-letter word in the name of the event can be very misleading - are you able to guess what that is? DMovies is live right now unveiling the Festival's je ne sais quois [Read More...]

El Destierro
Who is your real enemy? The Spanish Civil War left the country with split allegiances and profound wounds; now a Polish woman could help two soldiers to overcome the rift - Spanish drama will open the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival on November 3rd [Read More...]

Under the Shadow
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
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...]

Neruda
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...]

Aquarius
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
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...]

Tramontane
Picking up fragments of history: blind Lebanese orphan seeks his real identity in this complex and multilayered drama, but sadly the truth is as shattered as the ruins from the Civil War - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Christine
Staring death in the face: the live television suicide of news reporter Christine Chubbuck in 1974 is the subject of this dour and psychologically complex drama, an ingenious study of emotional collapse and American obsessions [Read More...]

Safari
Ugly Austrians go hunting: Ulrich Seidl's latest documentary is a painful and uncomfortable reminder of a sadistic, colonial and aristocratic culture which still survives in Africa - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Space in Between – Marina Abramovic in Brazil
Brazil with your eyes closed: the world-famous Serbian artist charts the healing rituals of largest country in Latin America; she uses unorthodox remedies and meditation as she seeks a cure for the malaises of the body and the mind [Read More...]

Barakah Meets Barakah
Cross-dressing in Saudi Arabia? Such a drag! Romantic comedy could be powerful venting outlet for oppressed Saudis, yet puerile and innocuous for hackneyed Western eyes used to less subtle subversions - right now from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Dearest Sister
I see dead Asian people: sexual politics, colonialism, a blind girl and ghosts that know the lottery numbers - stick it all in the large gumbo of Southeast Asian horror and watch it simmer - the film is part of the BFI London Film Festival that starts this week [Read More...]

Zoology
The tail of tales: Natasha has a very large and supple appendage to her trunk, just like most of the animals in zoo where she works; this modern Russian tale of the absurd is a dark and kinky comedy of social intolerance [Read More...]

Creepy
Don't go into the basement! The Japanese hold very dark secrets in their cellar, and it's not mommy's stuffed corpse - new horror flick from veteran Kurosawa at the BFI London Film Festival investigates fears of conviviality and trust [Read More...]

The Graduation (Le Concours)
The film exam of your life: what does it take to become a filmmaker? And what qualities are expected from a film student? Doc looks at the entry exams for one of the most prestigious film schools in France, and the outcome is rather unexpected - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Moonlight
The moon enlightens but also it can also drive you insane: auspicious drama questions how to be gay and black in a homophobic and drug-ridden community of Florida [Read More...]

El Sur
Memories of my father: a young girl reconstructs her dad through a blend of recollections, dreams and allegories, in a tale set in a very somber and mournful Francoist Spain - this dirty classic is one of Almodóvar's favourite films, and it's showing now in cinemas [Read More...]

The Closer We Get
The dark side of the family picture: extremely candid autobiographical doc reveals that family life can be disappointing and painful, but it is ultimately possible to achieve altruism, happiness and redemption - read our exclusive review and win DVDs and Blu-rays [Read More...]

Jim: The James Foley Story
The romantic picture of a journalist: lengthy documentary sings the praises of American reporter James Foley - who encountered the most barbaric fate in the hands of Isis -, but fails to examine his professional achievements as a journalist - film is out in cinemas this week [Read More...]

As I Open My Eyes (À Peine J’Ouvre les Yeux)
Arab heads exploding with music: the female voice is one of the most subversive weapons against oppression in the Arab world, even in a fairly progressive country such as Tunisia - read our review of this superb Franco-Tunisian drama [Read More...]

Carancho
The vultures are circling in: this Argentinian classic tells the story of an ambulance chaser and denounces a barely legal and highly unethical blame culture that destroys jobs, relationships and lives - at the Argentine Film Festival in London [Read More...]

Julieta
Almodóvar returns to what he does best: exposing the deliciously dirty incongruities, fallacies and virtues of human beings; this time he gets under the skin of women in an unusually sober and austere drama [Read More...]

Ben-Gurion: Epilogue
Is this the friendly face of Israel? New doc reveals unforeseen interview with the founder of Israel after he retired from politics; we see an avuncular and apparently balanced old man, but his rhetoric is sometimes ambiguous [Read More...]

Twenty Twenty-Four
It's the end of the world (and I don't feel fine): this brand new indie apocalyptic flick cleverly blends elements from your favourite sci-fi flicks, with some very unusual and creative twists [Read More...]

Dugma: The Button
A push of a button away from paradise: documentary reveals the intimacy of suicide bombers as they prepare to strike in Syria, and their routine is strangely banal and mundane - right now at DokuFest and also at the iTunes store [Read More...]

The Olympic coup last night
Brazilian giant TV Globo last night drowned out the booing of Brazil's deeply corrupt and illegitimate interim president Michel Temer and replaced it with clapping instead during the opening of the Rio Olympics. Globo filthy manipulation tactics were first exposed decades ago in the British documentary 'Beyond Citizen Kane' [Read More...]

A Kind of Loving
What's love got to do with it? This restored kitchen sink drama is a subtle investigation of British working-class aspirations and values in the 1960s, and the difficult choices people had to make. It is now available for the first time on Blu-ray [Read More...]

Big Jato
Can you handle the putrid and malodorous truth, or you prefer to chase your fragrant dreams? Brand new Brazilian film by one of our favourite dirty directors is an stinking ode to the reverie of a young poet [Read More...]

The Killing$ of Tony Blair
George Galloway's crowdfunded documentary is an extremely insightful investigation into the history of a highly manipulative and self-serving politician who not just killed not just one million people in Iraq, but also destroyed the faith in his own party [Read More...]

The strange beauty of decaying theatres
Many glorious theatres from the past decades have now fallen into oblivion, leaving behind ghostly sites where decay and elegance dwell harmoniously - photographer Julia Solis has captured them with her lens [Read More...]

Toba Tek Singh
The pains of Partition of India and Pakistan drove the newborn twin nations mad in the late 1940s; but what if if you were already insane before the divide? Watch the world premiere of the powerful 'Toba Tek Singh' on Friday at the closing evening of the London Indian Film Festival [Read More...]

Naanu Anavalla Avalu
Third gender, third category? The Hijra trans women of India struggle for social inclusion, despite being legally recognised since 2014. Colourful and boisterous tale of a transgender female fighting for acceptance is one of the highlights of the London Indian Film festival this week [Read More...]

Frank
Everyone has a skeleton or two in their closet; some people even have a corpse. So why not get them out and talk to them? British filmmaker does just that in this deliciously repulsive celebration of insanity [Read More...]

Desert Migration
The gay Ballad of Narayama? Gay Americans living with HIV move to the desert as they get older, where they calmly wait for their deaths, seek spiritual healing and community support [Read More...]

The Sacrifice
Europe is under attack, with people devising a catastrophic liberation strategy, picking the wrong saviours and even sacrificing their own land - Tarkovsky's classic from 1986 is out in the cinemas this week and it remains strangely current and accurate 30 years later [Read More...]

The most radical film twist
The Iranian filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami hasn't died; he's just toying with us as he carries out his latest cinematic experiment [Read More...]

Kettling of The Voices
Police brutality that muffles democratic protests: students demonstrating against a rise in tuition fees in 2010 encountered a very violent and unexpected enemy - this investigative documentary is showing at the East End Film Festival [Read More...]

Desire Will Set You Free
Meander through the colourful and hedonistic queer scene of Berlin populated with exotic characters and manifold sexualities, in this new LGBT flick at the East End Film Festival in London [Read More...]

The Lost Arcade
The lost love for social games: documentary explores the longing and the nostalgia that replaced the jolly and bustling video game arcades that dotted the US in the 1980s [Read More...]

Depth Two (Dubina Dva)
The red Danube: the wounds of genocide carried out by Milosevic in the Balkans show in the walls, on the land and even in the waters of the River Danube - hypnotic documentary entrances audiences and takes home the main award at the Open City Documentary Festival in London [Read More...]

Poor Cow
Today the UK turns the clock back decades, as Ken Loach's realistic classic from 1967 hits cinemas everywhere in the nation; welcome to Great Britain in all of its insular magnificence [Read More...]

The Great Wall
There is a wall protecting Europe from the "cruel" people of the South - astounding documentary opening the Open City Documentary Festival in London takes a Kafkan look at how European perceive their nether neighbours [Read More...]

Chasing Robert Barker
In the eyes of a paparazzo, London is a glitzy and yet morally decadent place - watch this stylish and bleak tale of loneliness and oppression in the British capital, by debutant director [Read More...]

India in a Day
Is it possible to travel through India in just one day? See the Asian country filmed by ordinary locals during a single day - in brand new Google documentary produced by Ridley Scott [Read More...]

Dirty Pretty Things
Is it dirty being illegal? As the EU referendum approaches, Dirty Movies remembers Stephen Frears' dirty classic and reflects upon immigration, illegal beings and stigmatisation [Read More...]

God’s Acre
Property, debts and fear of eviction turn into a vivid nightmare, as urban anxieties haunt a lonely and deranged Malcolm - in this elegant psychological thriller/horror set in London. [Read More...]

Ambulance
An insider's view from Gaza: as Israeli missiles relentless hit the Palestinian territory for 51 days two years ago, filmmaker Mohamed Jabaly jumped on an ambulance and captured the disturbing reality firsthand [Read More...]

Ivan’s Childhood
Tarkovsky held a dirty mirror to the war machine in his debut feature more than 50 years ago, both the director and the film epitomising Dirty Movies like few others. 'Ivan's Childhood' is out in cinemas this week [Read More...]

Golden Dawn: a Personal Affair
Can you be impartial when your family integrity is at stake? Documentary investigates the rise of the far-right in Greece, police complacency and the implications for foreigners and for liberal activists living in the Balkan nation. [Read More...]

Versus – The Life and Films of Ken Loach
The well-mannered cricket-lover who quietly confronts the mighty British media and right-wing establishment - new documentary is out in cinemas on Friday with pay-what-you-can access [Read More...]

Electroshocking Brazil
The neoliberal agenda of the United States has already electroshocked Chile, Russia and Iraq into chaos. Is Brazil next on the list? - DMovies sheds new light on the documentary 'The Shock Doctrine' [Read More...]

The Russian master of dirt is in town
A complete retrospective of the emblematic - and Dirty Movies' favourite - Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky takes place in London in the next few weeks, including special talks and Q&As [Read More...]

Battle for Sevastopol
Women on the frontline, blood galore and romance - this is the Second World War in a movie with a very Russian perspective and very American aesthetics [Read More...]

Departure
It's not just love that dares not speak it name. In this gentle and complex British drama set in the astounding French countryside, most characters are unable to verbalise their sentiments [Read More...]

The Firm
Alan Clarke's last film is a twisted tale of hooliganism, extreme violence and flawed working-class heroes, with a young Gary Oldman - find out how to watch it [Read More...]

Made in Britain
Exacerbated national pride, white supremacy and violence: director Alan Clarke and a young Tim Roth provide a realistic portrait of skinhead culture in Britain in this dirty classic movie [Read More...]

Globo and the coup: just history repeating
British documentary from 1993 exposed the dirty tactics of Brazil's TV giant Globo; Dirty Movies reveals that little has changed since and they are now playing a pivotal role in staging a coup d'état in the country [Read More...]

LOEV
This gripping and audacious movie about the complexity of homosexual relations takes place in India, where 'the love that dare not speak its name' is still a crime [Read More...]

The Darkest Universe
Family relations are often narrow and gloomy, just like the boat tunnels in London - this powerful new British movie is a profound meditation on human fallacies [Read More...]

Golden Years
'The Full Monty' of the elderly: instead of flashing their modesty for cash, this new British comedy has old-age pensioners brandishing bananas posing as weapons [Read More...]

Eisenstein in Guanajuato
As Peter Greenaway's latest flick finally hits the UK, Dirty Movies celebrates the film's flare and imaginativeness, but also ponders on its historicity and authenticity [Read More...]

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures
The penetrating eye and the trenchant gaze of the photographer: new HBO documentary examines the life and the legacy of an artist who laid his subjects bare and shocked the world [Read More...]

Vita Activa: The Spirit of Hannah Arendt
The Jew who humanised the Nazis: compelling documentary rescues the legacy of Jewish-German philosopher Hannah Arendt while shedding a new light on ever-so-urgent problems such as the refugee crisis. [Read More...]

Scum
Lest we forget - British borstals: in a brutal and oppressive environment where violence is the only currency, happiness and knowledge are a very subversive weapon [Read More...]

Jason and Shirley
The filmmaker is the organ grinder, as Americans merrily laugh and applaud the grotesque circus of racism and homophobia - in Stephen Winter's new docudrama [Read More...]

No
As Brazil mobilises against a coup d'état, Dirty Movies shows its solidarity by remembering the Chilean film 'No', the importance of the popular vote and the horrors of life without democracy [Read More...]

The Chambermaid Lynn (Das Zimmermädchen Lynn)
Lesson of the day from Germany: everyone is a little OCD, S&M, homosexual and insane - and that's OK! [Read More...]

The Club (El Club)
The face, the sounds, the smells and even the taste of child abuse come back to haunt the Catholic Church in Chile, in astounding new movie [Read More...]

Sworn Virgin (Virgine Giurata)
Is transgenderism a sexual choice? Old-fashioned Albanian tradition raises complex questions about gender tolerance in both conservative and liberal Europe [Read More...]

Inside the Chinese Closet
How many gays and lesbians can you fit in the Chinese closet? New documentary examines the alternatives to coming out in the largest country in the world [Read More...]

Beautiful Something
Four gay men in Philadelphia seek something profound and meaningful in their lives, but instead they are trapped in their empty existence without love and affection [Read More...]

Summertime (La Belle Saison)
An effective yet very conventional French Lesbian drama wraps up the BFI Flare LGBT Film Festival this week, but the film has little appeal to a more universal audience [Read More...]

Akron
An American story of bereavement and forgiveness, where homosexuality is the background but never the leitmotif [Read More...]

The Pass
A super-energetic Russell Tovey will both enrapture and repel you, in a very convincing movie about football, homosexuality and feigned masculinity [Read More...]

Benny Loves Killing
This very intense British drama-horror flick proves that budget restrictions can be a catalyst for creativity, and not a handicap [Read More...]

The Ones Below
The convivial fears of the English are scary as the devil - find out why in this modern-day version of Rosemary's Baby [Read More...]

The Corpse of Anna Fritz (El Cadáver de Anna Fritz)
The politics of death and violation: how the Spanish recycled horror clichés and the role of the vulnerable female to hair-raising results [Read More...]

My mother on Tarkovsky’s dirty mirror
Tarkovsky reflected the image of his mother on the cinema mirror; can I do the same on this dirty website? [Read More...]

You’ll Never Be Alone (Nunca Vas a Estar Solo)
Chile is a country slowly healing the deep wounds of homophobia, and Álex Anwandter's cinema debut is picking the scabs [Read More...]

Like Cattle towards Glow
Achieving gratification through anhedonia and suffering: the strange politics of 'little death' and mortality [Read More...]

We are Never Alone (Nikdy Nejsme Sami)
In Petr Vaclav's morbid world, no one is ever alone - just not with the ones with whom they wish to be [Read More...]

Neighbouring Sounds (O Som ao Redor)
Debutant filmmaker explores the dull urban cacophony that ties together middle-class neighbours in the Brazilian city of Recife - to outstanding results [Read More...]

A Dragon Arrives! (Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad)
The raiders of the lost Iranian dragon and a filmmaker's attempt to recreate a beautifully ludicrous legend. [Read More...]

Toro
The bull or the chicken? Impressive German gangster-'bromance' movie explores the underground of ethnic diversity and immigration in Germany [Read More...]

Time Was Endless (Antes o Tempo Não Acabava)
How much longer can the few surviving indigenous Brazilians cling on to their culture, and how painful are these changes - two Brazilian filmmakers ask urgent questions in new feature introduced in Berlin [Read More...]

Where to Invade Next
A more mature Michael Moore presents his best film to date, revealing that the whole world is living the American dream, while Americans can but dream of it [Read More...]

The Commune (Kollektivet)
Bored of living with your family in a large empty house? Then invite a bunch of people to move in and turn it into a commune [Read More...]

Death in Sarajevo (Smrt u Sarajevu)
Hero or terrorist? Oscar-winning Bosnian filmmaker Danis Tanović ponders how to describe a controversial murderer, and to reconcile his country's split identity [Read More...]

Crosscurrent
Chinese masterpiece wows Berlin and reveals: the rushed modernisation of China can be elegantly dirty and oddly fascinating [Read More...]

Alone in Berlin
The day the Nazis spoke English: highly sanitised and romanticised movie fails to celebrate the real story of a Berlin couple who resisted their oppressive regime [Read More...]

Being 17 (Quand On A 17 Ans)
André Téchiné again touches the wounds of French society in a complex and moving film about sexuality and social integration [Read More...]

24 weeks (24 Wochen)
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Kiwi director of James Bond uses family violence as an allegory of colonial violence, in an epic Maori tale of love and oppression [Read More...]

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The day the excretory system gave birth, and the fitting cinematic response thereafter [Read More...]

Futuro Beach (Praia do Futuro)
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Rat Fever (Febre do Rato)
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Norman Bates of the jungle has a grip on the population of s small riverside town in the Amazon, in a twisted tale of sexual depravity and religious absurdity, [Read More...]

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