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Victor Fraga

Journalist and filmmaker

Founder and editor of DMovies

Victor Fraga is a Brazilian born and London-based journalist and filmmaker with more than 20 years of involvement in the cinema industry and beyond. He is an LGBT writer, and describes himself as a dirty Latin immigrant.

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 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.

He completed his first feature film in 2021. It is entitled The Coup d’Etat Factory. His second movie The Flour Test was released in 2022.

Victor is pictured suited and booted at the San Sebastian International Film Festival above.

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Other posts by Victor Fraga
A Life on the Farm
The long-lost, seemingly crude and tasteless home movies of Charles Carson are in reality bursting with tenderness and poetry - dirty British doc is in cinemas on Friday, September 8th [Read More...]

Hesitation Wound (Tereddüt Çizgisi)
A Turkish lawyer has to contend with a number of moral dilemmas as she defends a vulnerable client, while also grappling with the fate of her vegetative mother - from the 80th Venice Film Festival [Read More...]

The Dive
A deep-sea diving journey in Malta turns into a nightmare for two young sisters as one of them becomes trapped by a landslide - survival thriller is in cinemas on Friday, August 25th [Read More...]

The Oceans Are the Real Continents (Los Océanos son Los Verdaderos Continentes)
Italian director captures five Cubans of three different generations as they patiently dwell in a town where "time doesn't exist" - bewitching piece of slow cinema opens Venice Days [Read More...]

Apocalypse Clown
Three failed clowns get together in order to forcibly draw some laughter, joy and blood from those who stand on their path - clumsy Irish comedy in cinemas on Friday, September 1st [Read More...]

La Ronde
Viennese men and women engage in a vertiginous battle for love and lust, in this charming and unusual French anthology - in cinemas on Friday, September 8th, as part of the Save Curzon Mayfair campaign [Read More...]

Afire (Roter Himmel)
Christian Petzold's new creation is an inventive and profound meditation on the deceitful machinations of the creative mind - now on Curzon Home Cinema [Read More...]

Critical Zone (Montagheye Bohrani)
Drug dealer offers comfort, redemption and liberation to some of the most vulnerable people of Tehran - ultra-subversive, scream-out-loud Iranian movie wins the Golden Leopard at the 76th Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

Whitewashing the miscreant
Oppenheimer is one of the most unabashed and toxic apologias of American Imperialism I have seen in my life, cunningly camouflaged as historical reflection; it seeks to to justify the unjustifiable by brushing over historicity, and by robbing victims of their identity [Read More...]

From the Leopard’s mouth: our verdict of the 76th Locarno Film Festival
Victor Fraga attended 2023's edition of one of the most exciting and surprising film festivals in Europe and the world; these are the dirty gems that he came across, and the biggest winners [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Tsai Ming-Liang
DMovies' editor Victor Fraga met with the iconic Taiwanese filmmaker as he prepared an exhibition and received a major prize at the 76th Locarno Film Festival; they talked about slow cinema, gay marriage in Taiwan, and... lots of sex! [Read More...]

La Vedova Nera
Italian teen is caught in a fantasy world of murder, sex and cinema, in this Franco-Italian pithy and vibrant tribute to giallo - from the Pardi di Domani section. of the 76th Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

Remember, Broken Crayons Colour Too
Deeply poetic Swiss documentary about Jamaican trans woman excels in inventiveness - from the Pardi di Doman section of the 76th Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

Obscure Night – Goodbye Here, Anywhere (Nuit obscure – Au Revoir Ici, n’Importe Où)
Moroccan prepubescent teens fight for survival on the deserted streets of Spanish exclave Melilla, in this cold and distant Swiss-French documentary - from the 76th Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

Two tormented young women bond through their afflictions and pains, in this unusually structured Portuguese drama - from the 76th Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

Italian teen dreams of eloping to a distant land with a slightly older man, in this twisted queer coming-of-age drama - from the 76th edition of the Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

Ukrainian man returns to his precarious countryside village in order to tend his sick mother, in this beautiful yet monotonous riff on departure - from the 76th Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

The Permanent Picture (La Imatge Permanent)
Gently subversive and achingly realistic Spanish drama investigates the impermanence of time, sentiments, and the complex relation between the image and the subject - from the 76th Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

The Vanishing Soldier
Young Israeli soldier gets caught in the inescapable trappings of a society defined by military belligerence - from the Official Competition of the 76th Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

Do not Expect too Much from the End of the World (Nu Astepta Prea Mult de la Sfârsitul Lumii)
Raju Jude presents his unsightly, messy and completely bonkers new movie, a caustic satire of a Romania intoxicated by film wizardry - from the 76th Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

Manga d’Terra
Young Cape Verdean mother migrates to Lisbon in search of financial opportunities, but singing morna becomes her only reliable companion - from the 76th Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

Sweet Dreams
Three very different women fight for their perceived home, in this exquisite allegory of Dutch colonial relations in Indonesia at the turn of the century - from the 76th Locarno Film festival [Read More...]

Artist and audience forge a toxic, love-hate relationship, in Quentin Dupieux's dirty, hilarious tribute to the (movie) theatre - live from the 76th edition of Locarno Film, Festival [Read More...]

LGBT+ people are hunted down and forced to live in hiding, in a not-so-distant Germany - moody piece of slow cinema premieres at the Pardi di Domani section of the 76th Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

Paradise Europe (Du bist so Wunderbar)
Young Brazilian gay man grapples the strange idiosyncrasies of Berliners as he desperately seeks accommodation - from the Pardi di Domani section of the Locarno Film Festival [Read More...]

Greta Gerwig's new creation is a grotesquely beautiful and indeed spectacular tale of sorority, complicity and female reconciliation - in cinemas on Friday, July 21st [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Giona Nazzaro, Locarno’s Artistic Director
We catch up with the man at the helm of one the world's most diverse and exciting film festivals; he talks their "unpredictable programme", reveals Switzerland's passion for Ken Loach (while comparing his work to Neorealism), shares some of their curating secrets, and much more! [Read More...]

Our verdict of the 40th Munich International Film Festival
DMovies's editor Victor Fraga attends the second largest film festival of Germany for the first time, the event offers a heady mixture of international cinema, fast rides, abundant beer, parties and sun! [Read More...]

Sweet Sue
Futile, inept young dancer and his new, exciting stepmother develop an intense relationship full of surprises - British cringe comedy with elements of kitchen sink premieres at the 40th Munich Film Fest [Read More...]

Tiger Stripes
Completely bonkers, female-made Asian horror about schoolgirl slowly morphing into a tiger neither scares nor astounds viewers - from the 40th Munich Film Festival [Read More...]

The Settlers (Los Colonos)
A "half-blood" Chilean, a Brit and an American are hired by a powerful landowner in order to decimate the indigenous people of remote Tierra del Fuego, in Southern Chile, in this enigmatic metaphor of the country's complex identity - from San Sebastian [Read More...]

Edge of Everything
Resolute and unyielding teen moves in with her father and stepmother following her mother's premature death, in this credible tale of grief and rejection - American indie premieres at the 40th Munich Film Festival [Read More...]

Rotting in the Sun
Filthy-queer-radical metafictional dramedy about suicidal Chilean filmmaker living in Mexico is hilarious, sexy, gruesome and tense in equal measures - in cinemas Friday, September 15th [Read More...]

The Persian Version
Persian-American filmmaker based in New York creates a semi-autobiographical dramedy about her family's complex national identity, with a few dirty secrets thrown in - live from the Munich Film Festival [Read More...]

Smoke Sauna Sisterhood
Estonian women tell their life stories, share their joys and pains, purge their demons, and make peace with themselves inside a tiny, steamy sauna - live from the 40th Munich Film Festival [Read More...]

A mine worker refuses to accept the fast and explosive changes that have befallen his community - quiet and meditative German drama premieres at the 40th Munich Film Fest [Read More...]

Our verdict of 22nd Transylvania International Film Festival
DMovies attends one of the largest, most exciting, diverse and fast-growing festivals of Eastern Europe for the second year; here are the biggest highlights [Read More...]

Another Lottery Ticket (Inca Doua Luzuri)
Three Romanian lowlifes navigate the world of cryptocurrency, convinced that they have "won" six million euros - endearing comedy premieres at the 22nd Transylvania International Film Festival [Read More...]

Between Revolutions (Intre Revolutii)
An Iranian and a Romanian student reflect on the repercussions of the revolutions in their own nations, in this clever and moving documentary consisting entirely of archive footage (and with a twist!) - live from the 22nd Transylvania International Film Festival [Read More...]

An unidentified, carbonised corpse embodies the futility of the little-known "Drunk War", in this charming Moldovan comedy - live from the 22nd Transylvania International Film Festival [Read More...]

Like a Fish on the Moon
Four-and-a-half-year-old mysteriously stops talking, leaving his devoted parents desperately scrambling for answers - live from the 22nd Transylvania International Film Festival [Read More...]

Family Time (Mummola)
Tensions reach boiling point during a Finnish family Christmas, in this extremely austere, Brechtian comedy drama - live from the 22nd Transylvania International Film Festival [Read More...]

Nora (De Ce Ma Cheama Nora, Cand Cerul Meu e Senin)
Subversive Romanian writer with flamboyant and charismatic personality is guaranteed to enthral even those (like myself) who never heard of her - live from the 22nd Transylvania International Film Festival [Read More...]

Daughter of Rage (La Hija de Todas las Rabias)
A young girl is abandoned by her mother and forced into child labour, in this Nicaraguan garbage dump tale of solitude and survival - live from the 22nd Transylvania International Film Festival [Read More...]

Patrick and the Whale
Nature documentarist attempts to communicate and to forge an emotional bond with two different sperm whales, in this fascinating tale of cross-species trust and affection - live from the Transylvania Film Festival [Read More...]

Sorcery (Brujería)
Indigenous girl seeking revenge for her father's brutal assassination turns to black magic, in this hybrid blend of historical drama and fantasy from Chile - live from the Transylvania International Film Festival [Read More...]

Theatre of Thought
Werner Herzog leads an incursion into the human brain, in his latest journalistic investigation - live from the Transylvania International Film Festival [Read More...]

Charcoal (Carvão)
Brazilian thriller about rural famiy tasked with harbouring a drug lord blends the sinister with the absurd to pitch-perfect results - live from the Transylvania International Film Festival [Read More...]

Italian director becomes increasingly recognised for her idiosyncratic style, now moving further away from poetic territory into quirky zone - live from Official Competition of the the 76th Cannes Film Festival [Read More...]

Homecoming (Le Retour)
Gingerly multilayered drama about loss and reconnection in Corsica boasts spectacular teenage performances - Catherine Corsini's wildly underrated drama premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival [Read More...]

Youth (Spring)
Deep dive into the loud routine of a large group of Chinese textile workers, in this highly observational, non-narrative documentary - in the Official Competition of the 76th Cannes Film Festival [Read More...]

The Old Oak
Ken Loach's portrayal of poverty, xenophobia and failed refugee integration in Northern England is authentic and captivating; he gets to the roots of racism without condoning it - in. cinemas on Friday, September 29th [Read More...]

Last Summer (L’Été Dernier)
#MeToo's number one enemy challenges the immorality of the patriarchy by putting an immoral female in a position of power, in an anti-erotic drama - Catherine Breillat showcases her new creation in the 76th Cannes Film Festival [Read More...]

Perfect Days
Wim Wenders returns to what he does best with this observational and meditative drama about a toilet cleaner forging ahead his lonely routine in Tokyo - from the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

A Brighter Tomorrow (Il Sol dell’Avvenire)
An ageing director struggles to finish his latest historical drama, in Nanni Moretti's earnest riff on dying film practices and political ideologies - from the 76th Cannes Film Festival [Read More...]

The Pot-au-Feu (La Passion de Dodin Bouffant)
A cook and her boss savour an intense romance for more than 20 years, in this slow-cooked culinary drama from France/Belgium (featuring a delectable Juliette Binoche) - from the Official Competition of the 76th Cannes Film Festival [Read More...]

Asteroid City
Children and parents get together for a stargazing convention in the middle of the American desert, in Wes Anderson's banally idiosyncratic new movie - in cinemas on Friday, June 23rd [Read More...]

Kidnapped (Rapito)
In mid-19th century Italy, a six-year-old Jew is forcibly converted into Catholicism - Marco Bellochio's insightful historical drama is in the Official Competition of the 76th Cannes Film Festival [Read More...]

Fallen Leaves (Kuolleet Lehdet)
A romcom on benzodiazepines? Aki Kaurismäki's latest film is romantic, lethargic and delightful to watch - live from the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival [Read More...]

May December
Overconfident in its dramatic and subversive abilities, Todd Haynes new film is but an average story of love outside the traditional American family - live from the Official Competition at Cannes [Read More...]

Club Zero
Teacher at an upper-class school convinces a small group students that they are better off without food at all, in Jessica Hausner's bizarre mockery of anti-capitalistic conspiracy - live from the 76th Cannes Film Festival [Read More...]

Anatomy of a Fall (Anatomie d’une Chute)
Impressive courtroom drama starring a dazzling Sandra Hüller mercilessly dissects a complex female character, while also keeping audiences thoroughly immersed - live from Cannes [Read More...]

A cruel and morbidly obese Jude Law is the biggest highlight of this highly conventional period drama about Henry VIII and his sixth and final wife, Catherine Parr - live from Cannes [Read More...]

The Zone of Interest
Officer in charge of Auschwitz attempts forge a normal existence with his wife and children, in the most human, palpable and - precisely for those reasons - affecting representation of Nazis that you will probably ever see; Jonathan Glazer presents his astounding new drama in San Sebastian [Read More...]

Banel & Adama
Young widow and a hesitant village leader confront a society strictly moulded by tradition, in this beautiful yet lethargic tale of love and tragedy - Senegalese film is in the Official Competition at Cannes [Read More...]

Black Flies
Paramedic drama starring and produced by Sean Penn attempts to make some profound social commentary but instead slips into gratuitous, gruesome ultraviolence - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Pictures of Ghosts (Retratos Fantasmas)
Kleber Mendonca Filho intertwines the history of movie theatres in the Brazilian town of of Recife with his own personal life, in charming and clever documentary - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Four Daughters (Les Filles d’Olfa)
Tunisian filmmaker recruits two actresses as stand-ins for two young women lost under very dramatic circumstances; the outcome is a hybrid documentary seamlessly blending family tragedy and politics - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Strange Way of Life
Almodovar's timid incursion into cowboy territory (featuring Ethan Hawke and Pedro Pascal) is sweaty, sultry, and soaked in blood, however barely remarkable - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
The fifth and final instalment of the Indiana Jones franchise is a hearty feast of historical absurdities, cliches and self-references; it is easily digestible and thoroughly enjoyable - in cinemas across the nation on Wednesday. June 28th [Read More...]

Koreeda's new drama about a young boy grappling with manifold "monsters" of all sorts is deeply humanistic but also extremely convoluted - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Conversations with Bruce LaBruce at the coalface in Antwerp
Bruce LaBruce travels to Antwerp, and gets behind the camera for the latest edition of Doesn't Exist; he discusses pornography, the 1970s, Catherine Breillat, the #MeToo and the LGB movements, Netflix, and the illegitimate son of Fidel Castro! [Read More...]

The Middle Man
A young man is hired in order to convey tragic news to the next of kin of those afflicted by death and disasters - American blend of deadpan comedy and drama is in cinemas on Friday, March 10th [Read More...]

The dirtiest film of all time: Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s Hello Cinema
DMovies' editor Victor Fraga selects his dirtiest film of all time: this explosive cocktail of cinematic truth and lies made in Iran during the centenary of cinema inspired him to study film and to become a filmmaker [Read More...]

Our lowdown on the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival
DMovies' editor Victor Fraga attended his 11th Berlinale, reviewed 20 films exclusively for you, and now comments on the big award winners [Read More...]

Nuclear Nomads (Nomades du Nucléaire)
Two German filmmakers quietly register the insalubrious lives of power plant inspectors in France, in this gently disturbing documentary - from the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

And, Towards Happy Alleys
Female Indian filmmaker questions how a country as oppressive as Iran (particularly towards women) has created such achingly beautiful cinema - from the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Plough (Le Grand Chariot)
Philippe Garrel casts his three scions in this delicate yet uninspiring movie about family connections and dying puppeteering traditions - from the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

Till the End of the Night (Bis and Ende der Nacht)
Queer gangster drama intended as some sort of Neo-noir (with a femme fatale et al) collapses under the weight of its own blonde ambition - German potboiler closes the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

Social realist drama from Northwestern Spain depicts an energetic middle-aged mother on the verge of a mental breakdown - from the 73 Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

On the Adamant (Sur l’Adamant)
Art is the best therapy! Non-narrative documentary registers the routine of a psychiatric institution that actively encourages its patients to exercise their creative skills - from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Quiet detective drama reveals the subtle machinations of racism in an impoverished desert town of Australia - from the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

Sixteen-year-old girl sets off on a double mission: to save Japanese people from giant earthquake-yielding worms, and to rescue her cursed lover from a horrific fate - in cinemas Friday, April 14th [Read More...]

20,000 Species of Bees (20,000 Especies de Abejas)
Eight-year-old transgender girl seeks acceptance from her family of Basque beekeepers - debut feature is in the Official Competition at the 73rd Berlin International Film festival [Read More...]

Music (Musik)
Greek piece of slow cinema loosely inspired by the Oedipus Myth has a barely discernible narrative - from the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Devil Queen (A Rainha Diaba)
Black, blunt and beautiful: the grandmother of a Brazilian queer cinema celebrates her 50th anniversary at the Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

Semi-autobiographical Mexican drama about a terminally-ill young father is teeming with palpable suffering, but also humanity, kindness and hope - from the 73th Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

Ingeborg Bachmann – Journey into the Desert (Ingeborg Bachmann – Reise in die Wueste)
Austrian poet releases herself from the shackles of marriage as she grapples with multiple loves - Margarethe von Trotta presents her gentle new biopic (starring Vicky Krieps) at the 73th Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Survival of Kindness
Allegorical Australian film paints the colours of racism and violence without using any comprehensible dialogue - from the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

Disco Boy
Illegal Belorussian immigrant joins the French Foreign Legion and is sent to fight in Nigeria, in this pan-European cross-breed of political topics - from the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

Jesse Eisenberg stars as a confused Uber driver and father-to-be in John Trengove's bizarre cocktail of dysfunctional masculinity and freaky cultism - from the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

Sean Penn and Aaron Kaufman's documentary about Volodymyr Zelenskyy is so ridiculously grovelling that it's barely watchable - from the 73th Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

Someday We’ll Tell Each Other Everything (Irgendwann Werden Wir Uns Alles Erzaehlen)
Two misfits with an age gap of more than 20 years develop an explosive sexual connection, in this conventional German romance set during the collapse of the Wall - in Competition at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival [Read More...]

Big boys play with their new toy: Canadian comedy charts the rise and the collapse of "the world's favourite phone", in a movie bursting with testosterone and toxic masculinity - live from the 73rd Berlinale [Read More...]

Fashion Reimagined
British designer sets out to create a collection that's sustainable from beginning to end, challenging an industry with little to no regard to environmental and social issues - in cinemas on Friday, March 3rd [Read More...]

Two men and a bird are trapped within the confines of a remote rural house, in this highly elliptical, meditative Bulgarian film dotted with folklore references - exquisite winter treat is in cinemas on Friday, January 27th [Read More...]

The Chorus (O Coro)
Delicate Brazilian film bursting with music and poetry follows the lives of four very different people as they seek solace in the local orchestra - now on Amazon Prime [Read More...]

Metatextual documentary investigates the impact that documentaries have on their subjects, and the revelations are sobering - in selected cinemas on Friday, March 3rd [Read More...]

What’s Love Got To Do With It
Profoundly entertainment romcom reveals the dirty machinations of “assisted” marriage in the UK and in Pakistan, all with a very lighthearted and moving touch - in cinemas on Friday, February 24th [Read More...]

Holy Spider
An Iranian serial killer targets vulnerable, highly ostracised prostitutes, in a society with little sympathy for the "corrupt" female victims - now on various VoD platforms [Read More...]

Empire of Light
A middle-aged white woman and a young black man working at the local cinema fall in love, in Sam Mendes's ode to the movie theatres of yore - in cinemas Monday, January 9th [Read More...]

The 2nd Red Sea International Film Festival: our verdict
DMovies' editor Victor Fraga attended the second edition of the largest cinema event of Saudi Arabia, a country that has seen massive changes in the past few years. Here's an overview of what he saw: [Read More...]

Within Sand
A lone merchant is ambushed by a gang of thieves and left to perish in the desert - Saudi tale of survival shows at the 2nd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

St Omer
The real story of a French-Senegalese woman who murdered her baby by drowning on the beach becomes a stunning courtroom drama - now on various VoD platforms [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Gaspar Noé
DMovies' editor Victor Fraga meets with Franco-Argentinean filmmaker at the Red Sea Film Festival, in Saudi Arabia; they talk about his latest film Vortex, subversive practices, Arabic culture, his connection to Britain, and more! [Read More...]

The Blue Caftan
Spectacular Moroccan movie blends to perfection the topics of gay love and terminal disease - in cinemas on Friday, May 5th; also available on BFI Player [Read More...]

Female shrink learns the hard way that she is as vulnerable as one of her patients, as she falls into the trappings of sexism and ageism - Egyptian film premieres at the 2nd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

A Human Position
Two young women from Norway find intimacy and comfort... on a chair!!! Unabashedly slow movie is out on Monday, january 30th [Read More...]

Phenomenal Romanian drama exposes the dirty tactics of youth oppression during the Communist era - from the 2nd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Flag (Alam)
A group Palestinian students living under Israeli occupation confront their tormentors and fight to retain their identity - activist film shows at the 2nd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

Geographies of Solitude
A lone and devoted scientist studies and records the fauna and the flora of a remote Canadian Island for five decades - reflective documentary shows at the 2nd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

Young Tunisian man has to fend for himself and his two younger sisters, in a country that offers his generation very few opportunities - tantalising drama is in cinemas on Friday, May 5th [Read More...]

Our Lady of the Chinese Shop (Nossa Senhora da Loja do Chines)
Dirtylicious Angolan gumbo of a movie blends religion, reason and colonialism into one single recipe - from the 2nd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Last Queen (La Derniere Reine)
French Algerian epic historical drama tells the story of Princess Zaphira, wife of the last King of Algiers Salim Toumi - from the 2nd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Fatih Akin
DMovies' editor Victor Fraga encountered Turkish-German director Fatih Akin at the Red Sea International Film Festival; they talked about his experience in Saudi Arabia, his latest movie Rhinegold, what it means to be a Muslim in Europe, football and more [Read More...]

Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous
A Syrian refugee falls in love with an Ethiopian migrant worker, but their relationship has more obstacles than they anticipated - quirky Lebanese parable of (failed) social integration premieres at the 2nd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

Hanging Gardens (Janain mualaqa)
Child garbage picker finds a friend and also a means of subsistence in a talking sex doll that he rescued from the Baghdad landfill - live from the 2nd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

Roads Lead to Rome
Super lighthearted Lebanese comedy about sauntering nuns smitten with a young actor cast to play the Pope caters mostly for Arab sensibilities - from the 2nd Red Sea International Film Festival [Read More...]

Our verdict of the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival: the finest selection in five years
During the past two weeks, seven journalists from DMovies covered the most exciting and diverse film festival of Northern Europe; here are our main highlights! [Read More...]

The Wastetown (Shahere Khamoush)
Iranian filmmaker delivers magnificent piece of black and white, slow cinema about a mother released from prison and desperate to be reunited with her son - from the Official Competition at the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Ginji the Speculator
A noble child vegetable seller grows up to become a powerful and sly trader at the rice exchange, in 18th century Japan - cutesy fable is in Offical Competition of the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Cold as Marble (Mermer Soyugu)
A ruthless father is released from prison only to torment his adult son's life, in this quietly disturbing psychosexual drama from Azerbaijan - from the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

And Yet We Were All Blind (Toi Non Plus Tu n’As Rien Vu)
French courtroom drama investigates a very little known tragedy that befalls a small yet very real number of women and their families: pregnancy denial - from the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Night (Natt)
A horrible disease befalls the mother of two small children, sending her on a quest to get a divorce before she dies - extremely clumsy Norwegian drama premieres at the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Gently subversive portrait of Empress Elisabeth of Austria boasts a magnificent lead (Vicky Krieps) and manifold poetic ruses - now on various VoD platforms [Read More...]

Piece of my Heart
Friendship between two ballerinas is repeatedly tested by competition, invidiousness, strenuous dance routines and a lot of drugs - impressive Dutch drama premieres at the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

578 Magnum (578: Phat Dan Cua Ke Dien)
Extremely formulaic action thriller from Vietnam adds absolutely nothing new to the well-worn genre - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

River of Desire
Three brothers living on a riverside Amazon town become romantically involved with the same woman - spectacularly Brazilian drama oozing swagger and sensuality premieres at the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

A Cup of Coffee and New Shoes On (Nje Kafe Dhe Kepuce te Reja Veshur)
Deaf identical twin brothers are suddenly afflicted with a shocking disease - extremely tragic and quietly innovative Albanian co-production premieres at the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Ducks – An Urban Legend
Dark romcom from Israel sets out to mock societal paradigms, but instead slips up into tedious platitudes - from the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Fox (Der Fuchs)
The incredible real story of the unyielding friendship between an Austrian soldier and a fox during World War II is profound, inspiring and heart-wrenching - in the Official Competition at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Driving Mum (Á Ferð með Mömmu)
Middle-aged loner drives his mother's corpse to her desired resting place, encountering curious characters and ghosts of the past along his journey - exquisite Icelandic drama with flavours of Bergman premieres at the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Hit Big (Hertki Lyo)
Three Finnish lowlifes move to the Spanish coast in order enjoy the sun, cheap alcohol and thrills, and end up embarking on a criminal life - blend of comedy and crime caper premieres at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Punishment (El Castigo)
Young couple have an emotional catharsis as their seven-year-old child goes missing in the woods - very simple and effective Chilean Argentinean drama premieres at the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Young couple buys a house with conducting an inspection, only to find out that it is falling into disrepair, much like their very own relationship - charming French Canadian comedy premieres at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Ukraine presents a very twisted horror tale with a Norman Bates type of protagonist grappling with tragic motherhood, failed masculinity, disability and... erm... cross dressing - from the Official Competition at the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Theo: A Conversation With Honesty (Theo: Eine Konversation mit der Ehrlichkeit)
The lives of two teens are turned upside down after a brief and extremely awkward sexual encounter, in clever Swiss film raising questions about the nature of consent - from the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Irish teen pregnancy misery fest will keep you wincing and writhing for almost the entire duration of the film, but the pain will go away as soon as the movie is finished - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Straight-actor-turned-drag-queen has to juggle his failed marriage and financial woes with his new job and flamboyant colleagues, before embarking on a bizarre murder spree - from the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Unwanted pregnancy shakes the life of a single female professional in India to the core, as her country grapples to reconcile modernity and tradition - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Why on Earth
Though the imperial glasses: well-meaning documentary about animal cruelty and endangered species presents the US as trailblazer in conservationism - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

A Taste of Whale
The clash between Faroese whale hunters and animal rights activists poison the waters and the global reputation of the charming self-governing nation of the North Atlantic - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Conversations with John Waters: the heart of the matter
DMovies' editor Victor Fraga interviewed the iconic John Waters for a special tribute, in partnership with Doesn't Exist magazine. They talked about his extensive career, writing your own materials, insulting animals, coprophagia, Ken Loach, Pier Paolo Pasolini and much more! [Read More...]

My Mother’s Son
A mother and a son wage a proxy war between science and denialism, bringing a complex ideological struggle into the heart of a small family [Read More...]

PÖFF’s Main Competition showcases an audacious selection of world cinema
Now in its 26th edition, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival announces its truly diverse selection, once again reminding Europe and the world why the Estonian capital is the city of world cinema! [Read More...]

Triangle of Sadness
Ruben Östlund's new absurdist comedy subverts gender, class and race power structures, while also mocking the futility of the superrich - now on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

Meet the women at the helm of Raindance!
Now on its 30th edition, Raindance promotes two women, Martyna Szmytkowska and Malaika Bova, to Artistic Director level, ensuring an all-female trio at the head of programming; we asked them what we should expect from the event this year and also in the next three decades! [Read More...]

Young woman goes through the wringer as she infiltrates the all-male, illegal world of dirt bike "rodeos" in France - in cinemas on Friday, April 28th [Read More...]

Our verdict of the 70th edition of San Sebastian
Our editor Victor Fraga attended the 70th edition of one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world in its entirety; he discusses the diverse film selection and the incredible experience [Read More...]

God’s Crooked Lines (Los Renglones Torcidos de Dios)
Spanish psychological thriller keeps audiences questioning the sanity of a female detective, in a fine and elegant literary adaptation - on Netflix on Friday, December 9th [Read More...]

The only scary thing about this highly disjointed and pointless J-horror is that it has reached a prestigious film festival on the other side of the planet - live from San Sebastian [Read More...]

A family of Catalonian farmers scrabble to find a purpose in their existence as they face imminent eviction - moving tribute to rural traditions is now on Mubi and Amazon Prime [Read More...]

Walk Up
Festival darling Hong Sang-soo presents a meditation on the life of the filmmaker; his style remains as conversational and spontaneous as ever - live from San Sebastian [Read More...]

Kong Xiu/ A Woman
Biopic of obscure Chinese writer intends to celebrate female empowerment but instead slips into tawdry regime propaganda - from the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

The Wonder
A young girl in 19th century rural Ireland refuses to eat, in Sebastian Lelio's pretentious snorefest - on Netflix on Thursday, December 15th [Read More...]

The Yellow Ceiling (El Sostre Groc)
Isabel Coixet exposes 20 years of systematic psychological and sexual abuse in one of Spain's leading drama schools - live from San Sebastian [Read More...]

Motherhood (La Maternal)
Motherhood isn't a quite a walk in the park for a 14-year-old living in a shelter in Barcelona - honest drama shows at the 26th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Kings of the World (Los Reyes del Mundo)
Colombian blend of road movie and lost youth drama follows five teens in search of an elusive inheritance - from the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

Pornomelancholia (Pornomelancolía)
Mexican film about dispassionate porn actor and "sex influencer" is mostly as lifeless and formulaic as the film industry it purports to portray - from Fringe! Queer [Read More...]

Great Yarmouth: Provisional Figures
Portuguese workers in a coastal British abattoir receive a treatment similar to the birds that they kill - macabre allegory of immigration premieres at the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

The Beasts (As Bestas)
Loving French couple moves to rural Spain for an idyllic countryside life, but they are met by extremely hostile and potentially murderous locals - Rodrigo Sorogoyen's powerful new thriller is on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

Il Boemo
The life of Czech composer Josef Mysliveček is turned into a lavish film about the rise and tragic downfall of the artist who influenced Mozart - from the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

Winter Boy (Le Lycéen)
Gay teen embarks on a bumpy journey of self-discovery immediately after his father's tragic death - Christophe Honoré's highly autobiographical drama is now on VoD [Read More...]

One Fine Morning (Un Beau Matin)
Mia Hansen-Løve's tale of a young widow, her married love and and her ailing father is bursting with humanity and sensibility - now available on VoD [Read More...]

The Substitute (El Suplente)
A devoted literature teacher confronts a dangerous drug trafficking network in order to rescue his students from exile and even death - Argentinean drama with outstanding production values is in cinemas on Friday, January 20th [Read More...]

Austria's enfant terrible Ulrich Seidl punched San Sebastian in the stomach earlier this year with a depiction of paedophilia that's tender and grotesque in equal measures; his latest masterpiece is now at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Wild Flowers (Girasoles Silvestres)
Single mother hops from partner to partner in an elusive search for affection and stability - easily digestible Spanish drama premieres at the 70th San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

American indie about young woman in rural America grappling with her father's death is so deeply sombre and austere that it left me feeling lifeless and cold - live from San Sebastian [Read More...]

Forever (Resten Af Livet)
A young woman and her partner experience the and pressures and the pains of IVF, while her parents silently struggle with a tragic loss - Danish film premieres at the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

An American Prayer
The American dreams morphs into a nightmare, hallucination or mere "bullshit", as marginalised citizens recall their experience - heartfelt doc premiered at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Dark is beautiful: read our final verdict of the Northern Europe’s wildest film fest
The 25th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival showcased the very best world cinema during 17 days, with three journalists from DMovies unearthing the dirt from underneath the black carpet, in an event that takes pride in embracing darkness [Read More...]

Kenneth Branagh remembers the Troubles and the pain of departing from his birth city at the age of just nine, in this lukewarm childhood memoir - now available on various platforms [Read More...]

The King of all the World (El Rey de todo el Mundo)
Octogenarian filmmaker and DOP join forces in order to create a film exuding youth, while also paying tribute to Spanish/Mexican music and dance - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Wait (Odotus)
Slow and straightforward drama set during Finnish summer meditates on love, betrayal and brutal honesty - from the 25th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Big Night
One of the Philippines' most prolific and audacious directors takes aim at Rodrigo Duterte's catastrophic war on drugs with a very fast-paced comedy - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Make the Devil Laugh
Modern, heart-wrenching samurai fable exposes a ruthless and deeply xenophobic Japanese society driven by greed - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The first human being born in Mars returns to Earth in order to meet his grandfather, in this expressionist Belgian sci-fi - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Dear Thomas (Lieber Thomas)
Biopic of East German writer and filmmaker Thomas Brach reveals a deeply subversive artist who finds comfort on neither side of the Wall - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Shape of Things to Come (Tiempos Futuros)
A man and his son are hell-bent on bringing rain to the dry and dusty capital of Peru, in this contemporary sci-fi drama - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Fest [Read More...]

A Place Called Dignity (Un Lugar Llamado Dignidad)
Child abuse, torture, Nazism and religious mortification come together to horrifying results, in this shockingly powerful Chilean film based on real events - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Songs for a Fox (Dainos Lapei)
Lithuanian fantasy drama investigates the power of dreams; sadly the outcome is soporific rather than oneiric - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

No Looking Back
Mother and grandmother fight over a child with all weapons available, in this blood-soaked slapstick comedy from Russia - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The List of Those Who Love Me (Beni Sevenler Listesi)
As his business deteriorates, a high-end drug dealer is forced to seek new suppliers and grapple with a string of louche characters - Turkish tribute to Scorsese and the Nouvelle Vague premieres at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Gentiles (Las Gentiles)
Two Spanish girls contemplate a suicide pact as they grapple with the malaises of adolescence, in this tender and realistic drama - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Captain Volkonogov Escaped
Defector of Stalin's barbaric secret police seeks forgiveness from the family members of the people he executed, in this very bizarre political fable - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

A Vanishing Fog (Entre la Niebla)
Father and son cling to their misty and mystical land despite the constant menace from outsiders - strangely beautiful Colombian film premieres at Tallinn [Read More...]

Biopic of one of Kazakhstan's greatest poets is imbued with sadness, lyricism and stunning imagery - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

What Went Wrong (Que Hicimos Mal)
Filmmaker seek to reconcile with her past dalliances in this highly confessional and inventive blend of fiction and documentary - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Post-apocalyptic Hungarian drama set in a near-future reveals a Europe plagued with violence, and devoid of hope and solidarity - from the Tallinn Black Night Film Festival [Read More...]

Homophobia reveals its ferocious and bestial face, in this punch-in-the-face Belgian real-life drama that will stay with you for a long time - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Nr 10
A frustrated actor has more secrets in store than anyone could have anticipated, in this very bizarre and bewitching Dutch-Belgian production - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Chinese and Japanese sensibilities blend seamlessly, in this quiet and lyrical drama set in Yoko Ono's birth place - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Hating Peter Tatchell
The "most hated man in Britain" is never afraid to be the first on the frontline in struggle for LGBT+ justice and equality - explosive doc is on Netflix [Read More...]

For a world with fewer guns: both on and off the film set
DMovies' editor Victor Fraga reflects on the tragic shooting of DOP Halyna Hutchins and director Joel Souza, and argues that Hollywood is indeed to blame [Read More...]

Tallinn celebrates 25 years of showcasing the finest world cinema!
The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival turns a quarter of a century with a diverse film selection, which firmly establishes the Estonian capital as a city of world cinema [Read More...]

The Raindance Kid speaks up!
DMovies's editor Victor Fraga talks to Elliot Grove, the man behind London's favourite film festival entirely devoted to independent cinema (which starts on the 27th); they talk about "downtrodden" movies, genre, the future of online screenings, and more. [Read More...]

Conversations Peter Greenaway: the long read
Victor Fraga and Alex Babboni (from Doesn't Exist) interviewed Peter Greenaway for nearly three hours in Amsterdam in July 2020; find out the dirty secrets of the emblematic British filmmaker! [Read More...]

Suited and booted on a Basque beach!
DMovies' editor Victor Fraga reports from the 69th San Sebastian International Film Festival. He attended the entire Festival, which lasted nine days and drew to a close this weekend. He shares his thoughts on the Spanish city, the Festival winners, his dirty picks and a delicious surprise! [Read More...]

The Souvenir: Part II
Joanna Hogg continues her highly autobiographical meditation on filmmaking and grief to outstanding results - on Mubi in April; also available on other platforms [Read More...]

Las Leyes de la Frontera
Unimaginative Spanish gangster thriller boasts a very large budget and very little edge - from the San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

Delicious (Delicieux)
Food becomes a proxy for the French Revolution, in this tasty and easily-digestible drama closing the San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Storage (Sa Wa Liu Tang De Fang Xiang)
Yugonostalgia through in eyes of the East: Chinese filmmaker investigates how to safely store collective memory - from the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

Everything Went Fine (Tout S’Est Passe Bien)
Francois Ozon's new film about medically assisted suicide is quietly tragic and moving - on all major platforms on Friday, July 15th [Read More...]

Between Two Worlds (Ouistreham)
A famous writer seeking inspiration starts a new life as a cleaner in Normandy - auspicious little drama starring Juliette Binoche is on all major VoD platforms on Friday, June 24th [Read More...]

Who’s Stopping Us (Quien Lo Impide)
Exquisite blend of fiction and documentary peeks into the lives of inspiring Spanish teens, and it has a refreshing message of hope -from the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Biopic of gay-friendly and subversive televangelistic fallen from grace reveals a woman defined by faith, wealth and controversies - on various VoD platforms on Friday, May 6th [Read More...]

Undercover (Enquete Sur Un Scandale d’Etat)
An informant turns against his narcotics officer, in French dialogue-intensive political thriller questioning the ethics of the "war on drugs" - live from the San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Grandmother (La Abuela)
Old woman left catatonic by a devastating stroke terrifies her doting granddaughter, in this brilliantly subtle and beautifully elegant horror from Spain - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

The Daughter (La Hija)
Pregnant teenager runs away from juvenile delinquent institution with the helping hand of two wannabe parents - slow burn tale of failed motherhood premieres at the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

Fire on the Plain
Father and daughter get entangled in a taxi driver serial killer investigation, in this bewildering crime thriller from China - from the San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

The Good Boss (El Buen Patron)
An opportunistic factory owner's alleged "love" and devotion to his employees is exposed as sheer cynicism - hilarious comedy starring Javier Bardem is now on various VoD platforms [Read More...]

Blue Moon (Crai Nou)
Little stabs at happiness? Young female allows males to debase and degrade her, raising questions about oppression and freedom - raw and bleak Romanian drama premieres at the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

Fever Dream (Distancia de Rescate)
A young mother gradually loses touch with reality, in this borderline psychedelic Netflix production set in South America - on Netflix on Wednesday, October 6th [Read More...]

Camila Comes Out Tonight (Camila Saldra Esta Noche)
High school student embodies the quiet liberation of a country still grappling with the ties of a reactionary past - honest and profound Argentinean drama premieres at the San Sebastian Film Festival [Read More...]

As In Heaven (Du Som Er I Himlen)
Female teen faces the prospect of a dramatic new life after her mother goes into a prolonged and complicated labour - Danish period drama shows at the very first Red Sea Film Festival [Read More...]

Terence Davies gives English poet and anti-war activist Siegfried Sassoon a detailed yet protracted and monotonous biopic, too concerned with the writer's sexual life - on various VoD platforms [Read More...]

A girl with ice cubes for teeth is the topic of Lucile Hadzihalilovic's cryptic new fable, a movie creepy and lyrical in equal measures - now on Netflix and Apple TV [Read More...]

One Second (Yi Miao Zhong)
Zhang Yimou's intended celebration of old-fashioned celluloid cinema constantly slips into cliches and banality - from the 69th San Sebastian International Film Festival [Read More...]

Jane by Charlotte (Jane par Charlotte)
Charlotte Gainsbourg gets behind the camera in order to capture her iconic mother in her most tender and yet lonely moments - from the 25th Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Last Bus
A widower embarks on a literal and metaphorical journey across the UK, the from John O'Groats to Land's End - drama starring Timothy Spall is in cinemas on Friday, August 27th [Read More...]

Escher: Journey into Infinity
The work of the iconic graphic artist is injected with new colours and movement, in an inventive little doc that likely wouldn't please its late subject - in cinemas Friday, August 13th [Read More...]

Wildland (Kød & Blod)
Orphaned teen is placed under the care of her dysfunctional aunt and criminal cousins, in this harrowing crime drama from Denmark - in cinemas Friday, August 13th [Read More...]

Lavinia Simina answers our dirty questions
The British production Acceptable Damage just won the Best Action prize at the National Film Awards. We spoke to the British-Romanian film director about the significance of the accolade, her career and what the future brings! [Read More...]

A young woman becomes infatuated with a park ride, in this very strange yet plausible tale of forbidden love - Belgian film is in cinemas on Friday, July 9th [Read More...]

Sing, Freetown
A journalist and a theatre director join forces in order to rebuild a Sierra Leone's fractured identity and neglected culture - in cinemas on Friday, June 25th [Read More...]

Lima Screams (Lima Grita)
Chaotic music intoxicates the tumultuous urban landscape of the Peruvian capital, in this highly sensory and hypnotic doc - showing at the Barbican [Read More...]

The Killing of Two Lovers
Quietly enrapturing American drama portrays simmering male rage and powerlessness in a sympathetic light - on VoD on Monday, August 2nd [Read More...]

Servants (Služobníci)
Two theology students grapple with the authoritarian Czechoslovakian regime and the collaborationist Catholic Church, in this somber and poetic period drama - on Curzon Home Cinema on Friday, May 14th, and also in selected cinemas [Read More...]

Once Upon a River
Indigenous teen in search of her mother embarks on a literal and metaphorical journey with more twists and turns than the local river - in virtual cinemas and VoD on Friday, May 7th [Read More...]

Transgender boy finds kindness and acceptance in his clumsy cowboy father, and the two literally run away together - on Curzon Home Cinema and Digital download on Friday, May 7th. [Read More...]

Apples (Mila)
As a mysterious disease leaves people amnesiac, a hapless man is left without memories and the ability to have pleasure - superb Greek movie is on Curzon Home Cinema on Friday, May 7th [Read More...]

Bobbi Jene Smith and other dancers star in romance blending choreography and narrative wizardry; the outcome is boisterous, energetic and somewhat messy - on VoD on Friday, April 30th [Read More...]

Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
Two literary geniuses shared a tender and profound friendship, while also subverting the entertainment industry in ways hitherto unthinkable - on VoD on Friday, April 30th [Read More...]

Please stop “painting” non-whites!
DMovies' editor Victor Fraga has huge reservations about the "woman of colour" accolade bestowed upon Chloe Zhao, and argues that it's detrimental to diversity in film [Read More...]

Conversations with Peter Greenaway: the heart of the matter
DMovies' editor Victor Fraga sat down with the iconic Peter Greenaway for nearly three hours bang in the middle of the pandemic. They talked about his extensive career, music, fashion, politics, his dislike of Tarkovsky, and the numerous projects he intends to complete before he dies (in five years)! [Read More...]

A return to cinemas this summer? Yes, we can do it!
Giona Nazzaro, the new artistic director of the Locarno Film Festival, is teeming with optimism, enthusiasm and new ideas for the prestigious event, which could be the first of its type to return to physical format this year - in exclusive interview [Read More...]

The Filmmaker’s House
British documentarist invites strangers into his house and captures the ensuing moments of both awkwardness and solidarity - in cinemas on Friday, June 25th [Read More...]

The Hidden Subject
A British indie about loneliness in the British capital acquires an extra dimension as we all isolate and shield ourselves against the virus inside our homes - watch it now [Read More...]

Delivering the right film festival, at the right time
Olivier Père, the director of Arte France Cinéma, talks about the latest edition of the online European Film Festival ArteKino, gender parity, the impact of Covid-19 on arthouse films, and much more, in exclusive interview! [Read More...]

A film miracle in the Baltics!
As the 24th edition of the only A-Category Fiapf-accredited film festival of Northern Europe draws to a close, we look at the award winners, the dirtiest movies, and much more! [Read More...]

A Distant Place (Jeong-mal Meon Got)
Far away from bigotry: a gay couple seeks to build a peaceful family life in rural Korea, but their journey isn't as smooth as they anticipated - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

A bet gone wrong: "Scorsese-inspired" Iranian movie about gambling is so protracted and repetitive that it's barely watchable - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Thread of Return (Hilo de Retorno)
A quiet and reticent teen returns to her tragic and painful roots, in Colombian film bursting with authenticity and a peculiar vintage feel - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Final Report (Zarojelentes)
The heart's filthy lesson: a cardiologist returns to his hometown after his hospital is shut, but the locals aren't all nice and well-meaning - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

A Spanish "finisher" helps people to depart from this world, in poetic movie raising philosophical and ethical questions about life and death - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Heroin addict sells her baby to eccentric lesbians living on a mountain, in this dirty and entirely dialogue-free fantasy movie from Spain - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Road to Eden (Akyrky Koch)
Old writer seeks to reconnect with his past as he senses his imminent departure, in this very fine piece of slow cinema from Kyrgyzstan - live from the Tallinn Black Night Film Festival [Read More...]

The Three
Delightful Russian rom-com shows a Russian sensibility little known to Western audiences more used to the country's raw and bleak cinema - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Young writer refuses to leave his bed as his seeks inspiration for his new book, in this laborious Mongolian drama - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

In the Mirror (Spogulis)
Completely bonkers Latvian movie is entirely filmed from the selfie perspective - bizarre movie experiment premieres at Raindance [Read More...]

Submission (Submissão)
Impressive Portuguese courtroom drama dissects the structures of domestic abuse, supported by a dazzling performance from Iolanda Laranjeiro - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

When I’m Done Dying (Bir Nefes Daha)
Young Turkish rapper struggles to reconcile his career ambitions with addiction to a highly destructive and cheap drug - auspicious drama premieres at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

A young woman fights off corruption and tradition in order to "save" her younger sister from an arranged marriage - Kazakh movie premieres at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Erna at War (Erna i Krig)
Overprotective mother cross-dresses as a male soldier in order to join her "stupid" son in the trenches of WW1 - Danish drama starring Trine Dyrholm premieres at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Fan Girl
Teenage girl meets her idol in a very awkward and compromising situation, in emotionally eviscerating drama from the Philippines - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Fear (Strah)
Widow and black refugee strike up a romance, thereby stirring up a hornet's nest in a tiny coastal community - Bulgarian comedy premieres at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Beasts (La Terre des Homes)
The subtle machinations of sexual abuse and deeply rooted patriarchal power structures are the central pillar of this quiet French drama - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Caged Birds (Bis Wir Tot Sind Oder Frei)
The real story of the Swiss Jailbreak King is turned into a delectable blend of crime thriller and philosophical essay on the meaning of freedom - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Blizzard of the Souls (Dveselu Putenis)
A young and vulnerable soldier embodies Latvia's struggle for independence, in the country's biggest grosser since independence - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Latvian Coyote (Valkatajs)
A human trafficker smuggles illegal immigrants into the EU at the Latvian-Russian border, in this fly-on-the-wall type of documentary - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

My Favourite War
Gingerly handmade animation illustrates the memories of a young girl grappling with oppression in the final decades of the Soviet Union - from the virtual edition of the Glasgow Film Festival taking place between February 25th and 28th [Read More...]

Our top 10 dirty picks from the BFI London Film Festival 2020
The 64th edition of the largest film festival in the UK takes place between October 7th and 18th in multiple venues across London, and online screenings everywhere in the UK - here are the dirtiest movies picked exclusively for you! [Read More...]

Miss Juneteenth
Talent pageant becomes a proxy of the American dream for black female adolescent, in this sweet little tale of bonding between mother and daughter - in cinemas Friday, September 25th, and on VoD the following week [Read More...]

Rebuilding Paradise
Community devastated by the biggest wildfire in the history of California refuses to seek pastures green, instead remaining loyal to their land - in cinemas Friday, September 25th [Read More...]

23 Walks
British drama paints a credible portrait of loneliness at old age, with subtle yet harrowing reminders of our physical limitations and mortality - now also on Sky Cinema and NOW (as well as other VoD platforms) [Read More...]

Samichay, In Search of Happiness (Samichay, En Busca de La Felicidad)
Impoverished peasant faces losing the meagre cow that provides his lifeline, in this delicate and sensitive Peruvian tale of survival almost entirely spoken in Quechua [Read More...]

Let Me Go (Lasciami Andare)
What about a movie about a ghost child entirely set on the narrow and eerie streets and canals of Venice wrapping up the Venice International Film Festival? Sounds cliched, but it's actually a jolly good idea! [Read More...]

Crazy, Not Insane
Meet the real-life Norman Bateses, in this peculiar American documentary about multiple personality - live from Venice [Read More...]

Older Americans dwelling in their own vehicles travel the country in search of employment, in this poignant real-life drama based on the eponymous book - in cinemas on Monday, May 17th (as cinemas finally reopen) [Read More...]

In Between Dying (Sepelenmis Ölümler Arasinda)
Slow and meditative drama from Azerbaijan reflects on life, death, chance encounters and fleeting connections - live from Venice [Read More...]

30 Coins (30 Monedas) – Episode 1
Renowned Spanish filmmaker premieres his new fantasy-comedy HBO series in an out-of-competition slot at the Venice Film Festival, offering audiences at the event a break from a far more stern film selection [Read More...]

Run, Hide, Fight
Highly formulaic and poor-taste American high school shooting drama both glamourises and fetishises violence to the extreme - on VoD on Sunday, August 15th [Read More...]

And Tomorrow the Entire World (Und Morgen die Ganze Welt)
What about terrorising the terrorists? Left-wing activists harass and sabotage a far-right group in Germany, but their increasingly violent tactics raise various ethical questions - live from Venice [Read More...]

New Order (Nuevo Orden)
Ultra-violent and sadistic rioters take over Mexico just as Marianne's holds a sumptuous wedding party at her parent's mansion - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

The Macaluso Sisters (Le Sorelle Macaluso)
A tragic death has an irreparable impact on the lives of five very different sisters growing up in Palermo, in this gentle and moving Italian drama - on VoD on Friday, December 18th [Read More...]

Wife of a Spy (Supai No Tsuma)
The latest creation by Japan's most versatile filmmmaker is a highly conventional and mostly confusing "spy" drama originally conceived for television - live from Venice [Read More...]

Laila in Haifa
Established Israeli filmmaker takes a kaleidoscopic look at the cosmopolitan and vibrant life of Haifa, all within one night and in one single location - in cinemas Friday, November 5th [Read More...]

Highly artistic and contemplative documentary registers the plight of people in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Kurdistan - on Mubi from Friday, March 5th [Read More...]

Never Gonna Snow Again (Sniegu Juz Nigdy Nie Bedzie)
Polish movie about Ukrainian masseur with supernatural powers is hardly decipherable and yet distinctively bewitching - now available on Mubi [Read More...]

Dear Comrades!
A government officer is split between her maternal feelings and her allegiance to the communist regime during the little-known Novocherkassk massacre of 1962 - on VoD on Monday, March 15th [Read More...]

Narcissus off Duty (Narciso em Ferias)
Documentary about the political imprisonment of Caetano Veloso during the Brazilian military dictatorship has priceless moments for fans yet little appeal for those not familiar with the iconic singer - live from Venice [Read More...]

Sun Children (Khorshid)
Iranian film about a school for homeless children has its heart at the right spot and its script all over the place, stringing together a myriad of cumbersome premises - live from Venice [Read More...]

The World to Come
Period Lesbian drama set in the US and filmed in Transylvania is exuberant in its photography, supported by a simple yet powerful script - now on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

Gaza Mon Amour
Charming and sensitive Palestinian movie finds romance at old age in a very conservative and impoverished society - live from Venice [Read More...]

Miss Marx
Biopic of Karl Marx's youngest daughter is so deeply marred by a contrived script, wooden performances and awkward antics that it's barely watchable - live from Venice [Read More...]

I Am Greta
Documentary follows Greta Thunberg from her lonely "school strike" days in mid-2018 up until her trip across the Atlantic to attend the New York Climate Change Summit last September; what she achieved in little over a year is truly astounding - On Disney + UK on Friday, July 22nd; also available on other VoD platforms [Read More...]

The Duke
The real-life story of the picaresque British hero who stole a painting from the National Gallery for charitable purposes is doused in saccharine and yet enjoyable to watch - on BFI Player on June 18th; also available on other platforms [Read More...]

Lovers (Amants)
French thriller about young femme fatale divided between a young criminal lover and an older wealthy husband is pretentious and unnecessary - live from Venice [Read More...]

Quo Vadis, Aida?
A desperate Bosnian mother and wife scrambles to save her male relatives from a seemingly inevitable death in Srebrenica - on VoD on Monday, March 22nd [Read More...]

The Human Voice
Pedro Almodovar toys with language in featurette adapted from a monodrama by Jean Cocteau, and with Tilda Swinton at the helm - on Mubi on Friday, July 23rd [Read More...]

Only the Animals (Seules les Bêtes)
Strangers become trapped in a strange web of love and deception, in this entertaining French drama set between two continents - on VoD in June; on Netflix in December [Read More...]

Cinema and fashion: a graphic and vivid partnership
DMovies has teamed up with the nascent fashion magazine DOESN'T EXIST in order to bridge the gap between the two industries, and we have a very special present exclusively for our readers! [Read More...]

Oh mother, mother what have you done???
The motherly figure is intended to provide shelter, love and protection. What happens when it all goes awry and instead mum spreads hate, fear and even death? These 15 films paint a very different picture of failed motherhood and dysfunctional females - in partnership with DOESN'T EXIST magazine [Read More...]

Bad Tales (Favolacce)
Sinister suburban comedy from Italy is a hybrid amalgam of hapless children and maladroit parents - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Days (Rizi)
The king of slow cinema is back after a seven-year hiatus with a rare and valuable gem, with a duration of more than two hours - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

There Is No Evil (Sheytan Vojud Nadarad)
Spectacular Iranian movie divided into four short stories reflects about the complacence, the complicity and the morality of killing - finally available on VoD [Read More...]

Biopic of Czechoslovakian healer who treated both commoners and prominent politicians offers insight into the life of a very peculiar practitioner - now also available on BFI Player [Read More...]

Berlin Alexanderplatz
Franz Biberkopf becomes an African refugee struggling to settle into modern-day Germany, in this astounding adaptation of Alfred Döblin's classic - live from the Berlinale [Read More...]

DAU. Natasha
Canteen worker of a secret Soviet research institute wrestles (both literally and metaphorically) with her coworkers, in this highly claustrophobic, violent and sexually graphic Russian flick - live from the Berlinaler [Read More...]

The Roads Not Taken
Javier Bardem stars as a man suffering from advanced dementia, and attempting to puzzle together the fragments of his past - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Try walking in the shoes of this 17-year-old pregnant female from rural Pennsylvania who cannot rely on her family - Eliza Hittman's third feature film is on VoD on Wednesday, May 13th [Read More...]

Americans twist the truth about biological weapons in Iraq, in this real-life blend of political thriller and comedy made in Germany - live from the Berlinale [Read More...]

The Woman Who Ran (Domnahchin Yeoja)
A young woman connects with friends in the outskirts of Seoul as she is a apart from her husband for the first time in five years, in Hong Sang-soo's latest casual drama - in cinemas and Curzon Home Cinema on Friday, December 11th; on Mubi on Sunday, December 20th [Read More...]

Abel Ferrara's latest drama is a bizarre patchwork of geographic and psychological references, starring Willem Dafoe - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

My Little Sister (Schwesterlein)
Dying on stage? As a young theatre actor succumbs to a very aggressive cancer, his twin sister resorts to desperate measures in order to instil happiness and meaning into his life - live from the Berlinale [Read More...]

The real-life beauty and the bitch! Graduate student has to contend with the ultra sadistic horror writer Shirley Jackson, as she moves in with the her husband into the author's mansion - American drama starring Elizabeth Moss is in cinemas Friday, October 30th [Read More...]

All the Dead Ones (Todos os Mortos)
Brazilian movie set in the turn of the 20th century uses the abolition of slavery and African religion as a gauge of the country's history and culture - live from the Berlinale [Read More...]

The personal life of a museum guide in Berlin has as many twists and turns as the history of the German capital - on Curzon Home Cinema on Friday, April 2nd. [Read More...]

First Cow
During the 19th century gold rush, an American and a Chinese capitalise on selling delicious cakes with a mystery ingredient, in this slow burn comedy - in cinemas Friday, May 28th [Read More...]

The Salt of Tears (Le Sel des Larmes)
Urgent in its simplicity, Philippe Garrel's filmmaking continues to impress after nearly six decades; his latest movie examines the romantic life of a young man from the the countryside who moves to Paris in order to study - live from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Hidden Away
Biopic of Antonio Ligabue, one of the greatest Naive artists of the 20th century, is aesthetically accomplished yet a little soporific - live from the Berlinale [Read More...]

The Intruder (El Prófugo)
Wacky Argentinian comedy-horror deep-dives into the twisted psychology of a female dubber and singer - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Corporate greed poisons a small community of Japan, in this real-life drama about environmental pollution and international solidarity, starring Johnny Depp - on IMDB TV on Monday, January 14th; also available on other platforms [Read More...]

My Salinger Year
Highly digestible drama reflects on the conflict between literary aspirations and industry demands - in cinemas on Friday, May 21st [Read More...]

Top 10 films about Brexit… and why it should have never happened
As the UK leaves the European Union, we look at 10 recent movies that investigate the phenomena that triggered Brexit, and reflect upon the future of our nation [Read More...]

Memento Amare
Construction worker separated from his family in Romania has to grapple with financial hardship and bigotry in Brexit Britain, in a psychological drama prescient of a bleak future to come [Read More...]

No Fathers in Kashmir
British-born and raised teen develops a tender affection for Kashmir boy as they both seek their fathers who disappeared years earlier in the politically volatile region of India - in cinemas Friday, January 24th [Read More...]

A tale of two ethnicities
The Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival has opened a side festival for its Russian community in the Eastern Estonian towns of Narva and Kohtla-Järve, in a country where integration is still an elusive concept [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Mike Newell
The British director of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Four Weddings and a Funeral talks about his experience as jury president in the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, the future of the seventh art after Brexit, Truffaut, happy endings and much more, in exclusive interview! [Read More...]

Kalel, 15
HIV-positive teen grapples with a dysfunctional family and society, in this extremely bleak yet sobering drama from the Phillipines - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Monster (Arracht)
Man and young girl have to fend for themselves in 19th century Ireland, as the Great Famine pits hapless peasants against each other - in cinemas on Friday, October 15th [Read More...]

Through Black Glass
Blind Russian teen marries a Russian oligarch whom she never met, in this sombre tale of patriarchy - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Coldest Game
Russians and Americans battle on the chessboard at the height of the Cold War, in this extremely formulaic political thriller from Poland - now available on Netflix [Read More...]

Lost Lotus
After her mother is killed in a hit-and-run accident, woman seeks justice with her own hands but has to grapple with the teachings of Buddhism along the way - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Flying Circus (Cirku Fluturues)
Four Kosovan actors cross the border illegally in order to perform at a theatre festival in neighbouring Albania, in this simple and captivating comedy about artistic resilience and foolishness - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

When the Moon was Full
Iranian woman marries charming stranger only to find out he's a religious fundamentalist, and that her entire family could be in danger - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Dead Volume (Volume Morto)
Entirely set in a primary school room, this Brazilian drama pits a young teacher against two angry parents - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Man from Beirut
Blind hitman bonds with a young girl he was hired to kill, in this conventional neo-noir set in Berlin - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

In the Strange Pursuit of Laura Durand
Two Greek friends in search of an elusive porn star from the 1990s embark on a dazzling journey peppered with imagination, allegory and copious filmic ruses - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Japanese film built upon highly abstract allegorical devices is a profound meditation on family relations and the wounds of war - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Golden Voices
Two elderly Russian dubbers move to Israel following the demise of the Soviet Union, where they have to contend with language and cultural barriers - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Girl with no Mouth (Peri)
Four deformed children fight for their survival in a dystopian post-apocalyptic society, in unusual kids' horror/fantasy movie from Turkey - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Coming Home Again
Son abandons his job and career in order to take care of terminally ill mother, in extremely powerful and intimate meditation on family values and death - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Xenophobia, homophobia and intolerance prevail in a tiny American town, in this prolonged satire of national identity - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Craig Fairbrass stars as a highly manipulative personal trainer, in this greasy British thriller set in Newcastle - now on all major VoC platforms [Read More...]

Black and albino twins have to fend for themselves in a profoundly violent and impoverished society unable to understand the pigmental condition, in this impressive Dominican movie - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Fiela’s Child (Fiela Se Kind)
A white child is adopted by a black family in 19th century South African, in this charming parable of racial segregation - live from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Drowsy City (Thanh Pho Ngu Gat)
Vietnamese film bursting with originality and audacity utilises chickens as a surrogate for human pain and vulnerability - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Marionette (Marioneta)
Mexican thespian uses his dramatic skills in order to help fake beggars to extort people on the streets of Mexico City, in this very unusual tribute to the art of acting - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Gipsy Queen
Roma immigrant has to fight for her and her family's survival in Germany in both physical and metaphorical ways, in this psychological drama with a punch of political commentary - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The Report
Docudrama about man who led the landmark investigation into the CIA torture program reveals the dirty secrets of the intelligence service - in cinemas Friday, November 15th [Read More...]

Greener Grass
Absurdist comedy mocks suburban life in the US, and the outcome is mostly cringeworthy - in cinemas Friday, November 22nd [Read More...]

Tales from the Lodge
British blend of black comedy and slasher with flavours of other horror subgenres is both unsavoury and indigestible - in cinemas on Friday, October 25th [Read More...]

Ken Loach’s lucid indictment on free market capitalism
Our editor Victor Fraga met up with Ken Loach in order to find out what's gone wrong with workers' rights in the UK, as he releases his new film taking aim at zero-hour contracts [Read More...]

Tell Me Who I Am
Horrifying family secrets surface after two adult twins rummage the secret rooms in their house that their late mother kept locked away, in this shocking British documentary - in UK cinemas and also on Netflix on Friday, October 18th. [Read More...]

The making-of of the Cambridge Film Festival
The Marketing Coordinator of the third longest-running film festival in the UK speaks to DMovies, and she shares some of event's biggest achievements, anecdotes and encourages both established and nascent filmmakers to take part! [Read More...]

Meeting Gorbachev
The 88-year-old former politician and last leader of the Soviet Union opens up his heart and shares his achievements, tragedies and pains with German director Werner Herzog - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Fire Will Come (O Que Arde)
Spanish film about pyromaniac released from jail offers a fascinating view into peasant life in the region of Galicia, as well as a breathtaking immersion into the power of fire - on VoD on Friday, April 6th [Read More...]

The Brazilian resistance speaks up!
We spoke to the two directors of Bacurau, the audacious sci-fi/Western that won the Jury Prize in Cannes this year, and became a powerful weapon against the far-right, anti-culture government of Brazil [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Thirza Cuthand
As the transgressive Indigiqueer filmmaker arrives in London from Canada for the Native Spirit Festival, we took the opportunity to talk about indigenous traditions, transposing, oral storytelling into cinema, humour as a political tool and more! [Read More...]

Zombi Child
Haitian teen has to juggle her "zombi" heritage with her new-found friends in an elite boarding school somewhere in France, in this hybrid of horror and political drama - now available on Mubi [Read More...]

Ghost Town Anthology (Répertoire des villes disparues)
The dead have returned in order to haunt this sleepy Quebecois village, where the locals lead a stupefyingly mundane existence - on Mubi in April and May [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Karim Ainouz
Our editor met up with the director of The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao, the astounding Brazilian melodrama that won the prestigious Un Certain Regard award in Cannes and is out in cinemas on October 15th! [Read More...]

For Sama
Mother finds strength in her baby daughter in order to resist the oppressive Assad regime, in this punch-in-the-stomach war documentary - watch it now on VoD [Read More...]

Hail Satan
The devil has never been this adorable before, in this documentary about a group of American progressives who appropriated the Antichrist for the libertarian crusade - in cinemas and VoD [Read More...]

Two million Palestinians attempt to live their lives as normal, despite the horrific conditions to which they are subject - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love
After decades of continuous "so longs", Leonard Cohen and his muse Marianne Ihlen finally say goodbye, and it all comes neatly full circle - in cinemas Friday, July 26th. [Read More...]

The Current War
American historical drama details the fight between electricity giants Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla in the late 19th century, but the outcome is neither bright nor electrifying - on Netflix on Monday, July 26th, and also available on other platforms [Read More...]

Blinded by the Light
British Pakistani teen finds a venting outlet in Bruce Springsteen's music, as he grapples with a conservative father and a profoundly racist Britain in the late 1980s - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Phoenix (Føniks)
Fourteen-year-old grappling with an alcoholic mother has a dirty secret in the basement shed, in this effective Norwegian drama - now available on VoD [Read More...]

The Biggest Little Farm
Young American couple gives up urban life in favour of an "old-fashioned" farm, where they both struggle and wallow in the strange paradoxes of nature - in cinemas Friday, November 29th [Read More...]

The Flood
Asylum seeker has to convince hardened immigration officer that his plight is genuine in order to avoid deportation to a country where he will face certain death - British drama is in cinemas and VoD [Read More...]

Only You
Young couple grapples with IVF while attempting to keep the spark in their relationship alive, in this heartfelt yet emotionally draining British drama - in cinemas and on demand Friday, July 12th [Read More...]

The Argentinian football superstar's turbulent years in Naples are the central pillar of Asif Kapadia's third biopic - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Let It Burn (Diz a Ela Que Me Viu Chorar)
Crack addicts dwelling in a semi-open rehab in Sao Paulo grapple with recovery, in this moving yet harrowing documentary - from Sheffield Doc Fest [Read More...]

In Thailand, a carer looks after wealthy Europeans with Alzheimer's, and is left unable to care for her own family - from the Sheffield Doc Fest [Read More...]

A Dog Called Money
Irish photojournalist documents his partnership with PJ Harvey on her 2016 album The Hope Six Demolition Project - in cinemas Friday, November 8th, and also on Mubi [Read More...]

The Edge of Democracy (Democracia em Vertigem)
Highly personal Brazilian doc about the recent collapse of democratic institutions in the Latin American nation is a sobering and painful reminder that the individual and the political establishment are inextricable - on Netflix [Read More...]

Apollo 11
Never-seen-before footage and audio recordings of Nasa's first moon landing is as close as you will get to a real-life Stanley Kubrick movie - on VoD on Monday, November 11th [Read More...]

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch
Three documentarists travel to every corner of the planet in order to register the irreversible impact that humans have on our planet - from Sheffield Doc Fest [Read More...]

The Last Tree
Black teen grapples with his dysfunctional family and his national identity, in this very personal coming-of-age drama - now available on VoD (including Netflix) [Read More...]

Late Night
Nifty comedy about pitfalls and prejudices of showbiz starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling is delightful to watch - in cinemas Friday, June 7th [Read More...]

The Brink
Stephen Bannon travels to Europe and makes new friends in the far-right, while also campaigning for Republicans in the US, in this fly-on-the-wall type of doc - in cinemas on Friday, July 12th. [Read More...]

Freedom Fields
Libyan documentary follows females footballers as they struggle to overcome a number of barriers in the post-Gaddafi era - on Mubi on Friday, July 31st [Read More...]

The Dead Don’t Die
Polar fracking throws the Earth off its axis, thereby reanimating the undead - Jim Jarmusch's wonderfully silly and star-studded zombie comedy is now available on VoD [Read More...]

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la Jeune Fille en Feu)
Young female painter is commissioned to create the wedding portrait of Heloise without her realising it, in exquisite romance meditating on subtle male oppression - now available on MUBI [Read More...]

The Whistlers (La Gomera)
Criminals use ancestral whistling language from the Canary Islands in order to communicate with each other, in extremely jumbled up thriller set between Bucharest and Spain - on Netflix from December [Read More...]

The Traitor (Il Traditore)
Biopic of Cosa Nostra's supergrass acts as the moral compass of a nation grappling with a sanguinary past - now also available on Mubi [Read More...]

It Must be Heaven
Palestinian director asks fundamental questions about being a "stranger" abroad, in absurdist political comedy with echoes of Mr Bean - now on BFI Player [Read More...]

Once in Trubchevsk (Odnazhdy v Trubchevske)
Lovers mull whether to separate from their partners and start a new life, raising the ire of small Russian town - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Matthias and Maxime (Matthias et Maxime)
Eighth feature by prodigy French Canadian filmmaker tells the story of two childhood friends who are asked to share a kiss for a student film, raising questions about their sexual preference - now available on Mubi [Read More...]

Ice on Fire
Doc produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio investigates novel ways of sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Parasite (Gi-sa-end-chung)
A family of charlatans takes up prestigious jobs with a mega-rich family, in Korean comedy-thriller about social climbers and failed capitalistic dreams - BEST PICTURE OSCAR WINNER is on VoD on Monday, June 1st [Read More...]

Isabelle Huppert plays an ailing film star who travels to Portugal for a final family reunion before she dies, but the encounter is dogged by resentment, invidiousness, anger and despair - on VoD on Monday, September 20th [Read More...]

The Young Ahmed (Le Jeune Ahmed)
Young Muslim is lured into radicalisation, waging a solitary jihad against with his own bare hands - the latest film by the Dardenne brothers is on Curzon Home Cinema on Friday, August 7th [Read More...]

Nina Wu
Aspiring actress has to grapple with lewd and manipulative filmmaker, in cleverly multilayered psychological drama from China - on Mubi on Tuesday, July 13th [Read More...]

The Invisible Life of Euridice Gusmao (A Vida Invisivel de Euridice Gusmao)
The story of two Brazilian sisters separated by a twist of fate in a country infested with sexist attitudes is one of the finest Brazilian melodramas ever made - in cinemas on Friday, October 15th. [Read More...]

Teen discovers a disturbing video which suggests that she may have been raped, in a film raising questions about consent under the influence of alcohol - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Lux Aeterna
The enfant terrible of French cinema is back, this time with a tortuous and torturous featurette about the menacing (male) filmmaker and the vulnerable actress; featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg - on Arrow Films on June 3rd [Read More...]

Forman vs Forman
Documentary about the late Czech director investigates the life and work of a very subversive artist who challenged the Communist regime and found professional fulfilment in Hollywood - live from Cannes [Read More...]

The Wild Goose Lake (Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui)
Fugitive thriller set in a gloomy and despondent China excels in visual excellence and technical wizardry, yet its plot is tedious and banal - now available on Mubi [Read More...]

Pain and Glory (Dolor y Gloria)
Pedro Almodóvar bares his soul in his most personal movie yet, about an ageing and ailing filmmaker searching for inspiration inside his own frail existence - now available on VoD (on Mubi in June/July) [Read More...]

Atlantics (Atlantique)
Senegalese film by first-time director blends an exquisite photography with strange traditions and eerie superstitions - in cinemas on Friday, November 29th [Read More...]

Sorry We Missed You
Sorry Britain failed you!!! A delivery man struggles to meet his inhumane targets, in Ken Loach's latest exposé of Britain's failed capitalism - now available on VoD [Read More...]

The Swallows of Kabul (Les Hirondelles de Kaboul)
French animation follows two young lovers in Taliban-occupied Kabul, portraying life under the oppressive regime in a colourful yet frank light - from Cannes and Annecy [Read More...]

Brazilian filmmakers deliver ultra-violent and wacky sci-fi ornated with historical allusions and spiced with political flavours - on Mubi on Friday, May 27th [Read More...]

Woman at War (Kona Fer í Tríð)
One swallow does make a Summer! Wilfully wacky Icelandic comedy about radical environmental activist waging a war against the local aluminium factory has some delightful moments - now available on Mubi [Read More...]

Austrian drama about female sailor confronted with a wrecked boat full of perishing refugees raises urgent and pertinent moral questions - in cinemas Friday, April 26th [Read More...]

JT LeRoy
Kristen Stewart plays JT LeRoy's stand-in Savannah Knoop in film based on the latter's memoirs, adding yet another elusive layer of truth to the elaborate literary hoax saga - in cinemas and also on VoD [Read More...]

Knife + Heart (Un Couteau dans le Couer)
Giallo-inspired and brazenly gay serial murder story from France features a magnetic Vanessa Paradis in the lead and an electrifying music score - in cinemas Friday, July 5th [Read More...]

Red Joan
Spy drama starring a "communist" Judi Dench raises moral questions about national allegiances and world peace - in cinemas Friday, April 19th [Read More...]

No Box for Me, An Intersex Story (Ni d’Ève, ni d’Adam. Une histoire intersexe)
People born with both sexes are beginning to challenge the established orthodoxy of binarism, but they face an uphill struggle - from BFI Flare [Read More...]

Sunburn (Golpe de Sol)
Four friends seeking relaxation in an luxurious villa instead are confronted with ghost of the pasts, as a mysterious visitor is about to arrive - now available on BFI Player [Read More...]

3 Faces
Jafar Panahi's latest feature is extremely inventive in its narrative devices, while also deep diving into the old traditions of rural Iran - in cinemas Friday, March 29th [Read More...]

We The Animals
Homosexuality of nine-year-old begins to flourish as he contends with his dysfunctional household, in lyrical drama based on eponymous novel - in cinemas and also on VoD [Read More...]

Water Makes Us Wet
Explore the romantic and sexual pleasures of water, in this documentary about "ecosexuality" (literally, making love to the Earth) - from BFI Flare [Read More...]

Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story
Documentary investigates how creative artist with multiple skills got trapped inside his papier-mache-headed character - in cinemas Friday, March 29th and then on VoD on Monday, April 1st [Read More...]

When identity politics backfire
The trans drama GIRL has encountered fierce criticism amongst our readers and elsewhere because it was directed and starred by cis men. Should cis artists refrain from taking the lead in trans films? [Read More...]

Breaking Habits
Self-proclaimed nuns challenge the American federal establishment and old prejudices by setting up a marijuana business for medicinal purposes - in cinemas and digital HD on Friday, April 26th [Read More...]

Birds of Passage (Pájaros de Verano)
Director of Embrace of the Serpent delivers crime drama set in Colombia of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, as indigenous traditions are quickly corrupted by the booming drug trade - in cinemas Friday, May 17th [Read More...]

War is ugly and absurd! Sergei Loznitsa's twisted and grotesque allegory of the ongoing War in Donbass has good moments but lacks the lyrical genius of his previous works - in cinemas on Friday, April 26th, and on VoD on Monday, April 29th [Read More...]

Pond Life
A small mining village is teeming with teenage hormones, Summer dreams and real-life deceptions, in profoundly sensitive and moving drama by first-time director - on VoD on Monday, August 19th. [Read More...]

Your Turn (Espero tua (re)volta)
Brazilian students protest and occupy hundreds of schools, demanding better public education and the end of austerity measures, in fascinating documentary about grassroots empowerment - from Sheffield Doc Fest [Read More...]

The Kindergarten Teacher
Maggie Gyllenhaal delivers auspicious performance and shines, despite playing a mostly disjointed character in awkward film about a small child poet - now available on VoD; on Mubi in November [Read More...]

A profoundly moving Charlotte Rampling stars in bleak and brutally honest character examination set in Belgium - in UK cinemas Friday, March 1st [Read More...]

Animated doc featuring British playwright David Hare examines the ugly wall imprisoning Palestinians, described as "the perfect crime" - in selected cinemas from February 27th [Read More...]

Ridley Scott's classic is one of the most subversive films ever made for more reasons than one, and it's getting a 4k restoration just in time for its 40th anniversary - in cinemas Friday, March 1st [Read More...]

Divine Love (Divino Amor)
Eerie sci-fi travels to a near-future and uncovers a Brazil intoxicated with bizarre evangelical practices - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Waiting for the Carnival (Estou me Guardando Para Quando o Carnaval Chegar)
Impoverished Brazilian town finds a new purpose in the manufacturing of jeans, with locals working round-the-clock in order to earn money for the yearly Carnival festivities - from Sheffield Doc Fest [Read More...]

Stone Speakers (Kameni Govornici)
Bosnian documentary reflects on the vacuum left by communism, and the myriad ways that different towns reinvented themselves in order to adapt to the new order - live from Berlin [Read More...]

Biopic of Brazilian revolutionary Carlos Marighella is very audacious in its content and yet very conservative in its format - UK premiere will take place on December 5th and 13th [Read More...]

Synonyms (Synonymes)
GOLDEN BEAR WINNER! Israeli film set in France mocks nationalism from both nations with an absurdist tone reminiscent of Yorgos Lanthimos - live from Berlin [Read More...]

Audacious Brazilian film examines queerness at old age with a tender and empathetic tone, while also revealing that solitude is powerful venting outlet - from BFI Flare [Read More...]

Elisa and Marcela (Elisa y Marcela)
The real story of two Spanish women who married with one of them posing as a man almost 120 years ago is a superb piece of filmmaking, excelling both in technical and in dramatic terms - now available on Netflix [Read More...]

Farewell to the Night (L’Adieu a la Nuit)
Andre Techine's latest movie deals with a young French man lured into radical Islam, featuring Catherine Deneuve - live from Berlin [Read More...]

Piranhas (La Paranza dei Bambini)
Italian gangster movie set in Naples has flavours of Neorealism and portrays a disturbing type of masculinity negotiated at a very young age - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Unauthorised biopic of Dick Cheney, which has received eight Oscar nods, takes an insightful and disturbing look into the life of a deceitful and ruthless politician - now available on VoD [Read More...]

A Tale of Three Sisters (Kiz Kardesler)
Parable about departure and family allegiances set in a rural village on the Anatolian mountains of Turkey has a stupefying cinematography - live from Berlin [Read More...]

The Golden Glove (Der Goldene Handschuh)
Fatih Skin's serial killer saga is a bizarre tribute to faith and ugliness, and it's absolutely dirtylicious in its unabashed wackiness - live from Berlin [Read More...]

The Operative (Die Agentin)
Espionage drama about undercover Mossad agent working in Tehran has enough stamina to keep you hooked for two hours, and it's not a piece of Israeli propaganda - live from Berlin [Read More...]

Out Stealing Horses (Ut Og Stjæle Hester)
Meditative Norwegian drama investigates the ephemerality of life and of human relationships, and the necessity of letting go of the past - live from the Berlinale [Read More...]

System Crasher (Systemsprenger)
Child Services are unable to cope with extremely dysfunctional 9-year-old Benni, who refuses to play by the rules - on VoD Friday, March 27th [Read More...]

Mongolian film by veteran Chinese filmmaker is both a pleasant and audacious surprise, premiering at the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

By the Grace of God (Grâce à Dieu)
Francois Ozon's 18th feature film is by far his most politically engaged and incendiary one; it's a very timely call-to-action against paedophilia in the Catholic Church - Silver Bear winner is now on VoD (including Netflix) [Read More...]

Cold Pursuit
Cold and soulless: this blend of thriller and dark comedy starring a lethargic Liam Neeson has very little to offer other than the occasional Colorado wintry landscape - in cinemas Friday, March 22nd [Read More...]

Dolor y Gloria
Watch the trailer for Almodovar's latest drama, a very personal drama about the very nature of filmmaking [Read More...]

Alita: Battle Angel
Bleak, unoriginal and very violent: how the latest American sci-fi movie produced by James Cameron & co left me mostly numb and cold - on Disney+ on Friday, July 2nd. [Read More...]

On the Basis of Sex
Biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (yes, yet another film about her) is a fitting tribute to gender equality, if also a little romanticised - in cinemas Friday, February 22d [Read More...]

The Hole in the Ground
Irish horror about mother convinced that her son isn't her son anymore recycles old suspense tropes, and is effective enough to keep you hooked for 90 minutes - premieres on Friday, January 25th at Sundance and then out in UK cinemas on Friday, March 1st [Read More...]

Green Book
Friendship between Afro-American classical pianist Don Shirley and his Italian-American driver Tony Lip in a country grappling with its "twoness" is the topic of effective tearjerker - Best Picture Academy Award winner is now available on VoD [Read More...]

On Her Shoulders
Isis sexual slavery survivor from mostly overlooked religious minority faces an uphill struggle raising awareness of the horrors suffered by her people - in cinemas Friday, January 25th, and on VoD on Friday, February 1st [Read More...]

Rosa Luxemburg
Biopic of Polish born German revolutionary reveals that she wasn't as "radical" as the modern media would like us to think - Margarethe von Trotta's classic is rereleased on Monday, February 4th [Read More...]

Beautiful Boy
The life of 18-year-old Nic Sheff is turned upside down after he becomes addicted to crystal meth, in this cinema adaptation of best-selling books by Nic and his father David - now available on VoD [Read More...]

London Unplugged
Anthology film comprising 10 segments directed by emerging filmmakers celebrates the British capital, serendipity and isolation, mostly from a very female perspective - in cinemas Friday, January 18th [Read More...]

Stan & Ollie
Late-career biopic following a UK tour of Laurel and Hardy successfully rescues and celebrates slapstick and old Hollywood nostalgia, but it also lacks a little punch (or slap?) - in cinemas on Friday, January 11th [Read More...]

Acceptable Damage
Aspergic teen is taunted and bullied by a street gang in a leafy London suburb, exposing a country with institutions unprepared to handle young people with special needs - winner of National Film Awards is now on VoD [Read More...]

Progressive American Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is celebrated for her mammoth achievements and treated as a celebrity, but should we bestow such treatment upon judges? Our editor reviews and raises questions about doc out in cinemas and also on VoD [Read More...]

Meteors (Meteorlar)
Man strikes, and so does nature! Filmmaker exposes Turkish operation against Kurds by blending footage collected by locals with images of natural phenomena such as a meteorite rain and the eclipse of the sun - streaming now with DMovies [Read More...]

The Black Nights have never been this bright before!
As the 22nd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival draws to a close, we talk to the Festival Director Tiina Lokk and find out the dirty secrets of an event that showcased nearly 260 feature films, seeing more than 80,000 admissions! [Read More...]

Until We Fall (Til vi Falder)
Danish drama set in Spain about couple seeking their missing child descends into a bizarre tale of despondency and recklessness - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

A Shelter Among the Clouds (Streha mes Reve)
Two religions, one temple! Drama set in very rural and traditional Albania proposes a very peculiar gesture of unity between Muslims and Catholics: a joint mosque and church. But is it feasible? from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Australian film directed by Indian filmmaker will hit you like a punch in the face; our editor describes it as "film of the year" - from Sydney Film Festival [Read More...]

A Place to Live
The topics of grief, mourning and reconnecting with the past are the central pillar of this Canadian drama, set in the wintry countryside of Quebec - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Still River (Akinito Potami)
Greek film set in Siberia excels in the sombre and wintry cinematography; it deals with a number of very different topics including corporate interests, Russian Orthodox faith and a dormant libido - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Trust Machine: The Story of Blockchain
Ponzi scheme or power to the people? Documentary investigates the nuts and bolts of Blockchain and Bitcoin, and whether the new technologies could change the way we live - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Is this the Asian (and cisgender) Divine? Completely bonkers Sri Lankan film about fat psychotic woman seeking fame premieres at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Wandering Girl (Niña Errante)
Four half-sisters in Colombia meet for the first time at their father's funeral, and they travel across the country in order to prevent the youngest one from being taken in by social services - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Feuding couple have to conceal a dead body in their flat during their extravagant Diwali party, in dark comedy investigating India's "a-moral" values and traditions - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Two Fridas (Dos Fridas)
The dysfunctional relationship between the ailing Frida Kahlo and her Costa Rican nurse Judy is the backbone of this new Mexican drama - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Winter’s Night (Gyeo-wul-ba-me)
A middle-aged couple return to where they spent their first night together three decades earlier, only to come to the fateful realisation that the years have killed their affection - heartrending Korean drama shows at the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

Bad Poems (Rossz Versek)
Hungarian drama about man in his 30s overcoming being dumped by girlfriend excels in sensibility and ingeniousness; it's a heartfelt ode to masculinity in all of its splendid brittleness - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Werewolf (Wilkolak)
Polish WW2 horror film uses ferocious dogs as a trope for the defeated and still rabid Nazi enemy - in cinemas and VoD [Read More...]

Sensory film filmed in 35 countries during six years premieres in the Competition of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival; the outcome is rather impressive if not without imperfections [Read More...]

Big budget Russian-Armenian production portrays a tragedy that claimed the lives of 25,000 Armenians and left more than half a million people homeless, at the very end of the Soviet era - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Putin’s Witnesses
Documentary about Putin's first year in power in 2000 was directed by his personal cinematographer, who now resents being an "accomplice" of the leader he now describes as an "autocrat" - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

Anna’s War
Six-year-old Jewish orphan survives Nazi occupation of Russia by hiding under her mother's corpse and then in a disused chimney - from the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival [Read More...]

The World is Yours (Le Monde Est à Toi)
Romain Gavras's second feature is a gangster comedy mocking European cliches, while also teeming with the colours of the Mediterranean; sadly the story is just too silly and disjointed - in cinemas Friday, April 26th [Read More...]

Fukushima, A Nuclear Story (Fukushima, Una Storia Nucleare)
Italian documentarist and journalist join forces in order to shed light at a tragedy that narrowly destroyed Tokyo, raising questions about governance and accountability - out on Monday, November 12th as part of the Walk This Way collection [Read More...]

Family drama set in the remote hinterlands of Montana illustrates the gradual and inevitable collapse of a nuclear family, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan - now available on VoD [Read More...]

A little Indiana Jones, a little Guillermo del Toro. American military horror set on D-Day makes use of every conceivable genre cliche, yet it's scary and fun enough to watch - now on Netflix [Read More...]

Bad Reputation
Rockumentary digs down into the life of Joan Jett; it reveals the dirty facets of the rock'n roll pioneer, best known for her recording of I Love Rock'N Roll - in cinemas Friday, October 26th [Read More...]

Malcolm is a little unwell
BBC foreign correspondent Malcolm Brabant looks back in time and chronicles his very own descent into madness, which was caused by a very peculiar and unusual trigger - from the Cambridge Film Festival [Read More...]

Meet the man behind the Black Divaz
As the documentary BLACK DIVAZ - about six Aboriginal drag queens - premieres at the Native Spirit Film Festival, we had a dirty talk with the filmmaker Adrian Russell Wills and found out about his inspiration, his impetus and the challenges in making such a thought-provoking movie [Read More...]

The Wife
A dazzling Glenn Close shines in movie about ghost writing wife and the nature of creative writing; sadly the film is lacklustre in almost every other aspect - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Japanese animation master crafts a fascinatingly puerile and colourful tale about only child coming to terms with his newly-arrived sister; it's guaranteed to please children and grown-ups alike - in cinemas Friday, November 2nd [Read More...]

Faces Places (Visages Villages)
The shining facets of filmmaking! Two very subversive artists of different media (film and photography) and very distant generations join forces in order to create a lawless tribute to spontaneity and ephemerality - in cinemas Friday, September 21st [Read More...]

Exquisite tribute to very old age starring a nonagenarian Harry Dean Stanton raises questions about loneliness and "realism" - now on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

King of Thieves
Hatton Garden heist is the subject of crime film starring Michael Caine; just like in the infamous burglary, the outcome is only partly successful - on VoD on Monday, January 14th, and then on DVD and BD on Monday, January 21st. [Read More...]

American Animals
The real-story of four highly ambitious and inept criminals who attempted to rob a library in Kentucky is surprisingly humanistic and moving - in cinemas Friday, September 6th [Read More...]

Winter Ridge
British indie blends the topics of Alzheimer's, grief and loneliness with just the right amount of adrenaline; the outcome is elegant and moving - in cinemas Wednesday, September 5th [Read More...]

Two Brazilian females juggle motherhood, tenderness and survival in a precarious and treacherous urban environment - opening film at the Open City Docs Fest on September 4th [Read More...]

The Gospel According to André
Effective doc about fashion icon reveals audacious artistic streak contrasted against a certain racial ambivalence - in cinemas and on demand on Friday, September 28th. [Read More...]

The Breadwinner
Afghani girl cross-dresses in order to earn a living for the family, after her father is arrested by the Taliban - heart-wrenching animation is out on VoD on Monday, September 14th and on DVD/BD the following week [Read More...]

Flight of a Bullet
Suspected separatist arrested by Ukrainian police shortly after bridge in blown open, in single-take documentary at Donbass War - from the Open City Doc Film Fest [Read More...]

Latest doc about the bigger-than-life Russian ballet dancer is both fun and enlightening to watch, but it neglects at least one crucial topic: his sexuality - in cinemas from Tuesday, September 25th [Read More...]

Down to Earth
The world is just about enough! Dutch family embarks of a journey of reconnection with the Earth by living for five years with the indigenous people of various parts of the planet - in cinemas on Friday, September 14th [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Mohsen Makhmalbaf
DMovies' editor Victor Fraga met with the emblematic Iranian director; they talked about trilogies, the failure of capitalism, the role of the artist in the modern world, Kiarostami's untimely death, Ken Loach, Joshua Oppenheimer and they also shared a very dirty secret [Read More...]

Turkish microbudget film financed by the Biennale Cinema College excels in ingeniousness, establishing a wild and oneiric environment virtually detached from reality - live from Venice, and you can also watch the film from home with Festival Scope [Read More...]

The King
Not your average Elvis doc! Two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner rides Elvis Presley's 1963 Rolls Royce and deconstructs the American Dream using the iconic singer as a gauge - in cinemas Friday, August 24th [Read More...]

The Children Act
Emma Thompson is a prominent high court judge grappling with a case that returns to haunt her, in court drama based on novel by Ian McEwan - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Distant Constellation
Because we're all made of stars! Turkish doc about residents of a retirement home has tasteful dreamy touch, and is a fitting tribute to those in their twilight years - in cinemas Friday, August 17th [Read More...]

The Guardians (Les Gardiennes)
Compelling French drama investigates the role of women safeguarding the family and the home during WW1, as well as the tough and "unjust" decisions that they have to make - available now on VoD [Read More...]

The Heiresses (Las Herederas)
Shy and reserved middle-aged Lesbian has to face a classist society after her partner is imprisoned and financial difficulties arise, in Paraguayan director's impressive first feature - now on Mubi [Read More...]

Dog Days
Unabashedly glee and optimistic film about man's best friend is also dogged with clichés and empty platitudes - now also available on VoD [Read More...]

Hearts Beat Loud
American indie about father and daughter who bond through music has its heart in the right place, but it's also a little drab and syrupy - in cinemas Friday, August 3rd [Read More...]

Elvis: ’68 Comeback Special
Seminal television show that catapulted Elvis Presley back to the top of the music showbiz world celebrates 50 anniversary by returning to cinemas for one night only with special commentary by the film director and Priscilla - on Thursday, August 16th. [Read More...]

The cult classic that helped to catapult a very young Winona Ryder and Christian Slater to fame is now 30 years old, but is its black humour still effective so many decades later? [Read More...]

Sicilian Ghost Story
Teen fantasy drama based on a real-life event is moving enough, but it also overdoes the ethereal tropes, and the outcome is sometimes a little contrived - in cinemas Friday, August 3rd, and on VoD the following Monday, August 6th [Read More...]

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
Story of most decorated WW1 dog gets translated into child-friendly animation, with abundant military and nationalistic celebration - in cinemas Friday, August 10th [Read More...]

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales… (Le Grand Méchant Renard et Autres Contes…)
The magnificent return of the squiggly line! Dirty French animation rescues the silliness and simplicity of Looney Tunes, with an animalistic European flavour - in cinemas Friday, August 3rd [Read More...]

The Nun (La Religieuse)
Previously banned adaptation of Denis Diderot's tale of forced religious initiation starring Anna Karina is back in cinemas more than 50 years after its original release - now on DVD, BD and EST [Read More...]

Dance me to the end of love!
Our editor Victor Fraga shares the five songs that got the both film characters and his heart dancing, changing the way he sees cinema and the world forever! [Read More...]

In the name of the father, the son and all the male Elders in my local church! Magnificent British drama permeates the highly insular life of a Jehovah's Witness family and investigates the excruciating pain of a mother forced to choose between her faith and her family allegiances - in cinemas Friday, July 27th [Read More...]

Father-Son Bootcamp (Père Fils Thérapie)
Your daddy loves you!!! Sarcastic and dry French comedy about fathers and sons attempting to rekindle their bond through group therapy has quite a few dirty surprises in store - on all major VoD platforms on July 9th as part of Walk This Way [Read More...]

Ideal Home
Gay romcom featuring Steve Coogan and Paul Rudd blends anal plugs, cocaine and mental health problems with... childhood! Now also available on VoD [Read More...]

Postcards from the 48%
Do you hear the blues? They are everywhere! Highly insightful documentary provides detailed and finely corroborated arguments as to why Brexit is nothing short of a disaster, and it also conveys a necessary message of blue hope - now available on VoD [Read More...]

She's every woman! Documentary about Whitney Houston (yes, another one!) contains unseen footage and a bombastic revelation, and it's moving enough even for non-fans - now on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

Swimming with Men
The float monty! British comedy about a group of males who bond through synchronised swimming is as close as you will get to THE FULL MONTY, with your knickers on! Now available on VoD [Read More...]

Real story of human resilience is profoundly moving, and it will twist and shake your notions of sanity and romance - in cinemas Friday, June 29th [Read More...]

Bengal Shadows
The REAL darkest hour of Churchill! Documentary reveals why the British Prime Minister is directly responsible for deaths of up to five million people during the Bengal famine of 1943 - from the London Indian Film Festival [Read More...]

Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms
Japanese animation unusually directed by a female has a very interesting twist on motherhood and is worth a watch, despite the highly elliptical narrative - in cinemas Wednesday, June 27th [Read More...]

Cold War (Zimna Wojna)
Director of the instant classic IDA returns with an equally stunning "melodrama" dealing with Polish identity, war allegiances and the inability to settle down, all harmonically tied together by sumptuous music - on Mubi on Sunday, July 17th; also available on other platforms [Read More...]

In The Fade (Aus dem Nichts)
German thriller starring an electrifying Diane Kruger blends an explosive mixture of neo-Nazi terrorism, pan-European fundamentalism and court drama - on Mubi on Friday, May 21st [Read More...]

Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
Dirty words, scrawls and scribbles! Documentary about one of the most subversive artists of the 20th century, who treated the entire world much like his own private scrapbook, investigates a very specific segment of his life - on VoD on Monday, November 26th [Read More...]

That Summer
Documentary about the eccentric Beales and their decrepit mansion of East Hampton blends decadence with glamour at equal measures, but also fails to hook those unfamiliar with the kooky mother and daughter - in cinemas and VoD [Read More...]

This is Congo
Nearly 60 years after its independence, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is still grappling with the most basic foundations of democracy, particularly on the Eastern border with Rwanda - doc is in cinemas Friday, May 25th [Read More...]

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
Terry Gilliam's intended magnum opus is a cauldron of self-references with a few good moments, but also a little hackneyed and unintelligible - now on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

Egyptian comedy about leper seeking his father juggles lighthearted humour with very profound sense of humanity - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci)
Palme d'Or winning Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan returns with a profound meditation on family and the role of the artist with almost 200 minutes of duration - in cinemas Friday, November 30th, and then on VoD Monday, December 3rd; on BFI Player on Monday, April 6th [Read More...]

My Little One (Ayka)
Kazakh-Russian movie about illegal immigrant in Moscow deals with failed motherhood, lack of humanity and the collapse of the relations between Russia and its former friends - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Capharnaüm (aka Capernaum)
Lebanese film about child who has committed a horrific crime and blames his parents for procreating deals with a vast array of socio-political issues - in cinemas Friday, February 22nd. [Read More...]

Who's the real animal? Italian film is a spectacular tale of revenge and a catharsis of bestial impulses, as a dog groomer exacts revenge on a friend with his very own hands - on Mubi on Sunday, June 12th; also available on other platforms [Read More...]

The Dead and the Others (Chuva e Cantoria na Aldeia dos Mortos)
Docufiction about the Kraho indigenous people of Brazil has its heart at the right place and is of great ethnographic relevance, despite a few shortcomings - on Mubi [Read More...]

Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Di Qiu Zui Hou De Ye Wan)
Take a 3D journey into the nostalgic memories of a lonely Chinese man, in a film that excels in technical wizardly and has flavours of Tarkosvky - now availabel on VoD! [Read More...]

At War (En Guerre)
French director returns to the topic of labour rights, and how globalisation is crushing blue collar workers in France, in another electric documentary-like fiction starring Vincent Lindon - streaming now with DMovies [Read More...]

The House That Jack Built
The controversial Danish director delivers his most violent and sadistic film to date, about a prolific serial killer and his perceived sense of superiority - on Mubi on Sunday, June 24th; also available on other platforms [Read More...]

The iconic American director returns with a magnetic police thriller retelling the story of a black officer who worked undercover in order to infiltrate the KKK in the late 1970s, successfully tying it with Trump's racist rhetoric - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Asako I & II (Nemeto Sametemo)
Japanese romance is lame and tedious in almost every conceivable aspect; a thespian feline is probably the best thing about it - on Mubi on Saturday, February 12th [Read More...]

Pope Francis – A Man of His Word
Despite being doused in saccharine and carefully crafted to elicit tears from audiences, Wim Wenders's latest doc carries urgent messages of tolerance and solidarity - now available on Netflix [Read More...]

Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice)
Superb Italian drama with strong religious connotations meditates on compassion, trust and selflessness - now available on Google Play, Netflix and other platforms on July 31st [Read More...]

Girls of the Sun (Les Filles du Soleil)
Kurdish women take arms and fight for survival and against a life as sex slaves, in an epic and moving film but also not without flaws - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

The Angel (El Ángel)
Argentinian film produced by the Almodovar brothers about prolific and sexually "deviant" serial killer excels in originality; it's literally a film to die for - now on Amazon Prime [Read More...]

Ash is Purest White (Jiang Hu Er Nv)
Chinese director's most expensive film to date retains the auteur's distinctive streak and is mostly effective, albeit hardly innovative - in cinemas Friday, April 26th, and then on VoD on Monday, April 29th [Read More...]

The Image Book (Le Livre d’Image]
The enfant terrible of French cinema stuns audiences (or not) with a filthy masterpiece you will probably never watch - now available on Mubi [Read More...]

Sextape (À Genoux Les Gars)
French teen movie about revenge porn starts off well, but then slips into mannerism and, far more seriously, becomes complacent with a type of behaviour that should never be tolerated - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Sorry Angel (Plaire, Aimer et Courir Vite)
French director's latest LGBT drama is profoundly personal and not without touching moments, but it's also idiosyncratic and riddled with references and namedropping - in cinemas Friday, March 22nd, and then on VoD on Sunday, March 31st [Read More...]

Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben)
Iranian director's first endeavour abroad featuring a top-drawer cast fails to glue together and to add anything new to helmer's rich filmography - now available on VoD [Read More...]

A Cambodian Spring
People have the power? Documentary follows activists in Cambodia for six years as they fight against forced resettlement and the country's illiberal democracy - now available on BFI Player [Read More...]

Love hurts! Serial killer romance set in Jersey is infectious with lyrical ambiguity and undertones, in an impressive debut work - now on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

The Deminer
When altruism knows no bounds: army colonel Fakhir Berwari devoted his time to defusing mines in Iraq, despite knowing that his dangerous job would almost inevitably lead to his very own death - in cinemas April 27th [Read More...]

Dirty expectations: 10 films to look out for in Cannes
With just over two weeks left before Cannes begins, our editor has picked 10 potentially dirty gems to keep an eye for; we'll be live at the event unearthing the dirt exclusively for you! [Read More...]

Never Steady, Never Still
Rural Canada provides a serene backdrop to grief-ridden family drama about young widow with advanced Parkinson's disease and a introverted and confused son - in cinemas Friday, April 20th and then on VoD the following week [Read More...]

Touch Me Not
Can you feel it? This a film that will touch you. It will also embrace you, caress you, stroke you, hit you in the face and make you scream with joy and anger - Golden Bear winner is out in cinemas Friday, October 19th [Read More...]

Mug (Twarz)
Polish film about face transplant and a giant Jesus statue combines elements of drama and comedy, but the outcome is a little clumsy - on Mubi on Tuesday, May 10th; also available on other platforms [Read More...]

Entirely shot on iPhone, Steven Soderbergh's latest film starts out as a complex and moving psychological drama, but then slips into action and slasher clichés - on various VoD platforms; now also available on Mubi [Read More...]

Have you ever been emotionally snowblind? Drama set in the icy vastness of the tundra relies on sparse verbal communication and jaw-dropping visuals in order to convey a profound sense of isolation and impending death - live from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Where is the land of milk and honey? Swiss documentarist combines his own personal history with the predicament of African refugees crossing the Mediterranean, reminding Europe that fleeing poverty and persecution is no modern phenomenon - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

The Trial (O Processo)
A trial so dirty even Kafka would be perplexed! Doc reveals twisted nature of the coup d'état that took place in Brazil in 2016, and it's aptly named after a novel by the German-speaking writer - now also available on Netflix [Read More...]

When Trees Fall (Koly Padayut Dereva)
The colour of my female dreams! Ukrainian film by first-time female director is visually exquisite and sophisticated, despite a very commonplace script - from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Tranny Fag (Bixa Travesty)
Are you man enough for me? Brazilian gender terrorist Linn da Quebrada is in Europe in order to savage your primitive notions of masculinity and femininity - in London on Friday, June 15th [Read More...]

Kinshasa Makambo
Audacious doc registers the rebel struggle against the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila, who has been in power for 17 years and still refuses to budge - from Sheffield Doc Fest [Read More...]

Lemonade (Luna de Miere)
Welcome to the house of green cards! Romanian drama exposes an American society and immigration system infested with patriotism and corruption - from the Cambridge Film Festival [Read More...]

U – July 22 (Utøya 22. Juli)
Terror has no colour and nationality. And it wields a gun. Reconstruction of Norwegian massacre in 2011 is profoundly disturbing and contains very current messages - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Hard Paint (Tinta Bruta)
All the colours of the rainbow! Brazilian queer film about young man earning a living as a sexy glow paint performer in chat rooms avoids cliches, is psychologically multilayered and surprisingly moving - in cinemas Friday, August 2nd [Read More...]

Daughter of Mine (Figlia mia)
Tale of disputed motherhood set in impoverished and scorching hot coastal village of Sardinia has flavours of Italian Neorealism - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

The Prayer (La Prière)
French director examines faith and devotion as the cure for drug addiction in a profoundly humanistic film, while also avoiding provocative statements - live from Berlinale [Read More...]

Just a little bit of history repeating? Audacious German film transposes Holocaust novel from 1942 onto modern Marseilles; the outcome is odd and yet bewitching - now Mubi in July/August [Read More...]

Isabelle Huppert stars as a prostitute in an affair with a phony writer in psycho-sexual thriller adapted from a novel by British writer James Hadley Chase - live from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Biopic of Russian writer offers insight into a Soviet Union suffocated by censorship, plus it has plenty of anecdotes and bite-size treats for literature lovers and a convincing photography by Polish DOP Luykasz Zal (of Ida) - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Central Airport THF (Zentralflughafen THF)
The disused Tempelhof airport of Berlin has now become home to refugees from all over the world; their stories are as fascinating as the airport's history - watch it for free in December only with ArteKino [Read More...]

Walk on the wild west: blend of Western and comedy starring Robert Pattinson attempts to be a feminist movie, but the outcome is a little awkward - on Netflix on Monday, January 18th [Read More...]

American indie sci-fi about time travel and a deadly virus that wipes out humanity is visually and narratively compelling enough to keep you hooked throughout - watch it now on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

Sol Alegria
Nuns with guns, trannies and other outlaws! Unconventional rebels resist a military junta, in an outlandish allegory of the country's chaotic political landscape - watch it now at home with Festival Scope [Read More...]

I, Tonya
Break a leg! The biopic of Tonya Harding is a finely acted and well-crafted piece of filmmaking attempting to celebrate and redeem the controversial figure skater - now on VoD [Read More...]

Creepy neighbours, a little gaslighting plus a twist of violence! Austrian movie with taste of Haneke and Polanski has all the ingredients of a good suspense - now on DVD [Read More...]

Young, gay and good-looking? Canadian LGBT romance is mostly predictable, but it also caters effectively for a very specialised audience - now on VoD [Read More...]

A horrific journey that needs to end!
The anti-war movie Journey's End joined forces with mental health charity Combat Stress in order to fight shell shock and PSTD; DMovies investigated the devastating impact that war can have on the lives of veterans, and found out the role of cinema in raising awareness and combating mental health disorders [Read More...]

The Mercy
The waves rule Britannia! The real story of British sailor Donald Crowhurst, who wanted to complete a round-the-world voyage on his own vessel but lost the battle to the seas, is the subject of film starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz - on DVD, BD and digital download June 4th [Read More...]

Earth, wind, and fire: the mundane and arduous existence of a charcoal-maker in Congo is the subject of fascinating and exquisitely beautiful documentary by French filmmaker Emmanuel Gras - in cinemas February 2nd [Read More...]

Tokyo Ghoul (Tôkyô Gûru)
Not just your average zombie! Fantasy horror is based on the eponymous manga series, in which flesh-eating colourful tentacled monsters with can only survive by hiding their true nature and living among real humans - in cinemas January 31st [Read More...]

Psychedelic slasher is bleeding colours and infectious with explosive sounds, adhering to all rules of the genre and blending quite a few references - on VoD and selected cinemas [Read More...]

Early Man
Sweet, engrossing and utterly British: stop frame animation about passion for football is fun and universal enough for anyone to watch - on Netflix on August 20th (also available on other platforms) [Read More...]

Last Flag Flying
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Flag! Latest movie by emblematic Texas director has his usual realistic and humanist streak, deep diving into the world of three war veterans grieving over the death of a young soldier (the son of one of the men); sadly the anti-war message eventually gets a little diluted in nationalism - in cinemas [Read More...]

The Final Year
Fired up, ready to go? Documentary about Obama's last year in office provides a fascinating peek into the lives of the then president and his associates, and reflects whether the message of "hope" can survive the current tenure; sadly the film also lacks a little balance - in cinemas [Read More...]

Cinema is Brexit’s BFF
Ever wondered why people support Brexit? Three mainstream films from the past 12 months provide a clue: British cinema is infested with nationalism and anti-German/European resentment [Read More...]

In defence of Catherine Deneuve and wordless seduction
Our editor remembers "the most erotic scene in the history of cinema" in Ingmar Bergman's PERSONA, and argues that seduction often precludes verbal communication, and that some of the #MeToo arguments can be used for questionable purposes [Read More...]

A Woman’s Life (Une Vie)
Stéphane Brizé's adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's romance about the illusions and the unfortunate fate of a French woman in the early 19th century is a very moving and yet subtle piece of filmmaking - now on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

Brad’s Status
A life so ordinary: Ben Stiller plays middle-aged American faced with the realisation of his own normalcy, and his anxiety to be extraordinary - in cinemas [Read More...]

The man who made a sullen Brazil laugh
Daniel Rezende is a young Brazilian director whose first film, about a very dirty and subversive TV clown, has brought laughter and reflection to a country undergoing tragic changes - he now answers our dirty questions [Read More...]

The Prince of Nothingwood
This is neither Bollywood nor Hollywood. Salim Shaleen is the "Afghan Spielberg", a filmmaker with 108 films under his belt as well as an intense joi de vivre - fascinating doc about charismatic artist in cinemas Friday [Read More...]

Living and Other Fictions (Vivir y Otras Ficciones)
Disabled man unabashed by his sexual desires strikes a friendship with a very kind and considerate criminal, as they both seek to live comfortably in their own skin - watch it now on ArteKino Festival [Read More...]

Bingo: The King of the Mornings (Bingo: O Rei das Manhãs)
Think clowns don't get dirty? Real-life story of Brazilian television clown exudes charm, nostalgia, swagger and, dare I say, sensuality, plus it's one of the best films you will see this year - in cinemas Friday [Read More...]

Godless (Bezbog)
A life without dignity and self-respect: corrupt nurse barely makes a living in a Bulgarian society riddled with degradation of every type conceivable - streaming now with DMovies [Read More...]

Tale about a clumsy father and widower in the hermetically closed Hasidic community of New York has a universal topic, but lacks a certain dramatic fizz - now on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

Human Flow
Why are we failing so many fellow human beings? Chinese artists's eagerly awaited doc takes looks at the shocking plight of refugees in various corners of the planet, in a heartbreaking 140-minute journey - now on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

Europe at Sea
Italian filmmaker crafts insightful - if highly biased - documentary into the heart of EU security and immigration policy , with exclusive access to Foreign Affairs Chief, the also Italian Federica Mogherini - brand new on VoD [Read More...]

How dirty are cigarettes in film?
Talks about a potential smoking ban in French movies have reignited the discussion around the role of cigarettes in cinema. Are puffing actors a bad influence or is the whole debate just hot air? [Read More...]

Saint George (São Jorge)
The bitter mendacity of capitalism: set in Portugal during the European debt crisis, this dirty tale of despondency and complicity sends an urgent warning and a subtle message of hope - watch now on VoD [Read More...]

Beach Rats
Not your average coming-out tale! Movie about teen juggling his homosexual inclinations against a heteronormative circle of friends in Brooklyn is both moving and gently disturbing - on Mubi on Sunday, January 22nd [Read More...]

Taiwanese multimedia artist imagines a plush and futuristic world where Aids has been eradicated and bodily fluids and harvested as a powerful psychoactive drug - from Fringe! [Read More...]

A Caribbean Dream
This re-imagining of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream set in Barbados is sadly very poorly-crafted and amateurish - in cinemas [Read More...]

Biopic of Italo-Egyptian chanteuse is filled with passionate music, untimely deaths and unfathomable pain, much like the tragic life of the singer - from French Film Festival and soon on VoD [Read More...]

George Clooney's satire of suburban "Little America" has quite a few problems, but it still conveys a fitting message of tolerance plus it's mostly enjoyable to watch - in cinemas [Read More...]

Raving Iran
When music can land you in jail: doc follows two DJs battling to play their music in Tehran, always teetering on the edge of legality - from the Doc'n Roll Film Festival [Read More...]

The Allins
The s**ttiest show on Earth! Rockumentary examines the legacy of GG Allin, best remembered for defecating on stage and assaulting his fans - from the Doc'n Roll Film Fest [Read More...]

My heart belongs to daddy: Brazilian doc will take you on a fascinating journey through the country's history and the history of cinema, and it's also an ode fatherhood - showing on November 13th and 14th only [Read More...]

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
British filmmaker Sophie Fiennes followed the iconic Miss Jones for five years and created an intimate portrait of the bigger-than-life diva and music icon - now on BFI Player [Read More...]

Data is the oil of the 21st century - are you keeping yours safe and protected? Doc examines legislative process behind the EU data protection reform, which is coming into force next Spring - watch it now online and make sure your valuable personal personal data is cared for! [Read More...]

The King of Belgians
Do I look regal in this? Belgian king is stranded abroad as his country breaks down, and he has to resort to extreme measures in order to return home, in very clever mockumentary - from the Cambridge Film Festival [Read More...]

The Death of Stalin
Hailed as "film of the year", this Franco-British comedy about the controversial Soviet leader is in reality teeming with prejudices and schadenfreude - on Netflix on Friday, April 21st [Read More...]

The Ritual
Not a walk in the park: four young men mourning the tragic death of a friend go on a hiking trip in Swedish woods, but what they encounter is far from comforting - on Shudder on March 7th; also available on other platforms [Read More...]

A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica)
No transface, no clichés and no caricature! Superb Chilean drama about a trans woman facing the bereavement of her lover and an outpouring of problems associated is on Mubi on Saturday, July 4th; also available on other platforms [Read More...]

120 BPM (120 Battements par Minute)
Because the heart never stops beating: French movie is an energetic and yet painful reminder of the Aids crisis of the 1980s/1990s and the activism that it triggered - now finally available on Netflix [Read More...]

Looking for Oum Kulthum
Iranian filmmakers concoct a complex "film with a film" about the emblematic diva of the Arab world, but the elaborate narrative gimmicks ultimately feel a little pointless - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

My Friend Dahmer
The boy before the murderer: Marc Meyers' My Friend Dahmer is a portrayal of the most prolific gay serial killer before he started murdering people, based on a graphic novel by his friend Derf - in cinemas and VoD [Read More...]

Good Manners (Boas Maneiras)
Outstanding Brazilian horror blends the tender with the bizarre, in a very original story about motherhood, pregnancy and reclusion from society - streaming now with DMovies [Read More...]

I am not a Witch
Superb British-Zambian fiction movie about witchcraft is guaranteed to make you both laugh and cry, thereby raising awareness of a very serious issue - on BritBox on Monday, March 17th [Read More...]

On the Road
Michael Winterbottom's latest music doc does exactly what it says on the tin: it follows the British rock band Wolf Alice on the road. And that's pretty much it. You might like it if you are a fan. Otherwise you'll likely get bored - out in cinemas soon [Read More...]

Let the Corpses Tan (Laissez Bronzer les Cadavres)
Belgian duo create a colourful and plush tribute to the sexploitation genre, set somewhere in the sunny Mediterranean - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

The Road to Mandalay
Wear the shoes of the dirty immigrant: a sobering and harrowing film about the plight of Burmese immigrants living and working in Thailand - in cinemas [Read More...]

In the Crosswind (Risttuules)
The moving picture that doesn't move: superb Estonian film uses innovative tableaux vivants technique in order to portray the Stalin's forced removal of 40,000 Estonians to Siberia in 1941 - available now as part of the Walk this Way collection [Read More...]

Five dirty picks from the Raindance Film Festival
Check out top five recommendations for the Raindance Film Festival, one of the largest showcases for independent cinema in the world, starting this week in London [Read More...]

The Road Movie
This jaw-dropping documentary entirely filmed from dashcams on Russian cars provides a shocking, bleak and despondent portrait of the largest country in the world - in cinemas (US only) [Read More...]

Our Last Tango (Un Tango Más)
It takes two to tango... or not! Intimate doc takes a look at the fiery personal and professional relationship living legends of tango María Nieves and Juan Carlos Copes, and why they've been apart for so long - in cinemas soon! [Read More...]

Victoria & Abdul
Stephen Frears once again offers you the opportunity to look at a British monarch in the eyes, and what you will see is refreshingly human and candid - on Netflix on Sunday, January 1st; also available on other platforms [Read More...]

Rat Film
THERE'S GNAW WAY! American filmmaker uses feral rodents as a gauge of social segregation in Baltimore, in very innovative doc also not without flaws - for our dirty readers across the pond, and rat-lovers in general! [Read More...]

Dennis Skinner: Nature of the Beast
Doc about the iconic "hard-left" Labour politician from Bolsover is insightful and engaging, but it also slips into clichés and neglects urgent topics - now on DVD [Read More...]

The Vault
Dan Bush's hybrid of horror and bank heist stars James Franco; it does work on some levels, but it eventually loses the plot - on VoD on Friday, August 27th [Read More...]

British action flick about WMDs and a chemical attack in London is a shining example of cinema as a fearmongering tool, and the last thing you need to watch right now - in cinemas [Read More...]

The Limehouse Golem
British horror starring Bill Nighy is a twisted feminist movie revisiting the past and our notions of memory, but perhaps it would work better as a TV series - now on VoD [Read More...]

Moon Dogs
Is there life on the Shetland Islands? Take a walk on the wild side of Britain, in this blend of pan-Celtic and Viking youth romance and scenic adventure set in the most remote areas of the country - in cinemas soon [Read More...]

Logan Lucky
Steven Soderbergh's latest film Logan Lucky is a perfectly-executed and pleasant comedy about clumsy and kind-hearted criminals carrying out a heist, but it lacks a certain je-ne-sais-quoi - now on DVD, BD and VoD [Read More...]

Blackface, yellowface, transface – where do you draw the line?
As the debate around blackface, yellowface and transface heats up, DMovies' editor Victor Fraga discusses the relation between race/gender identity and representation in cinema and questions the limits of acceptability [Read More...]

Wear the shoes of the "negro": white female filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow delivers an enrapturing and harrowing portrayal of police impunity and racism in the US during the riots of the 1960s - now also on Amazon Prime) [Read More...]

The Future of Work and Death
Is technology ready to challenge the two biggest inevitabilities of life: working and dying? And more crucially, are we prepared for such changes? Outstanding doc raises urgent economic, sociological and philosophical questions - watch now on VoD [Read More...]

Hope, not fear: doc follows family in Philadelphia during the Obama years, and reveals that being Black in the US means facing an uphill struggle everyday while juggling not to lose the tenderness - in selected cinemas and VoD [Read More...]

Celebrate your inner s**t, with Twin Town!!!
As the cult classic celebrates its 20th anniversary, you too can learn a thing or two from Welsh on how to reclaim the ugly beauty of your "pretty shitty city" - and you can watch the film now at home [Read More...]

Liberation Day
As weird as it gets: documentary about the highly controversial avant-garde band Laibach's concert in extremely secretive North Korea offers unique insight into an extremely peculiar and explosive event - from DokuFest [Read More...]

Why did Nigel Farage like Dunkirk so much?
Apart from the obvious analogy of withdrawing from Europe, there's another underlying reason why the controversial British politician endorsed the blockbuster: Dunkirk is an adrenaline-inducing canticle for nationalism [Read More...]

Tom of Finland
A dirty life in pictures: Tom of Finland's eagerly awaited biopic is finally out; the result is an accomplished and elegant movie, however with one BIG AND HARD shortcoming - on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

Land of Mine (Under Sandet)
A genuinely anti-war movie: released almost simultaneously as Dunkirk and also set on a European beach during WW2, this outstanding Danish-German production highlights the pointlessness of the conflict - in cinemas [Read More...]

47 Metres Down
Taking immersive cinema to a whole new level: British survival horror successfully recycles devices from the shark and claustrophobia horror movies to very convincing results, in a film that will leave your nails bleeding - in cinemas [Read More...]

The Anti-War Battalion is fired up!!!
The emblematic Czech anti-war novel The Good Soldier Schwejk is being turned into a movie, but this isn't your average period drama; film director Christine Edzard is throwing in some very modern flavours as well as a groundbreaking theatrical twist, all from her studios in Rotherhithe [Read More...]

Scribe (La Mécanique de l’Ombre)
Ears without a face: French political thriller about a secret transcriber has flavours of 1970s conspiracy theory and Latin American cinema - in cinemas this week [Read More...]

The most extreme physical reactions to a film EVER!
Are you taking the piss? From temperamental bladders and seizures to a miscarriage and even a fatal heart attack, these are the most absurd, ludicrous and shocking physical reactions that a film has ever caused to a moviegoer! [Read More...]

SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock
It's only Mick Rock but I like it!!! Legendary photographer "who shot the 1970s" captures the very essence of rock'n roll in a career spanning nearly four decades - in equally impressive doc out now on YouTube [Read More...]

The Human Surge (El Auge Humano)
Young without a cause: Highly experimental and audacious doc with homemade feel investigates the aimlessness of youth across three different continents - in cinemas now [Read More...]

Passport to Pimlico is the ultimate anti-Brexit movie
The 1949 Ealing comedy Passport to Pimlico isn't just one of the funniest British films ever made, it's also a prescient warning and the perfect allegory of Brexit, and why it might be doomed to fail [Read More...]

Whistle-blowing the whistle-blower: Documentary by Laura Poitras offers an insider's view into the predicament of Wikileak's founder Julian Assange and his acolytes Jacob Appelbaum and Sarah Harrison, including information that the Australian activist would rather keep confidential - out in cinemas this week [Read More...]

Hide and Seek (Lapachhapi)
Remember Children of the Corn? 'Tis time for children of the sugarcane! Deeply disturbing and yet widely practised Indian tradition is the centrepiece of this effective and socially engaged horror - from the London Indian Film Festival [Read More...]

This sloppy rom-com is bursting with clichés and hardly plausible, but it still has a certain je-ne-sais-quois - on BritBox on Thursday, April 1st [Read More...]

Just HOW HOT can you handle it?
We have picked the 10 HOTTEST films ever made in order to celebrate the sweltering heatwave that has suddenly embraced the UK. Handle with care, you could get hurt! [Read More...]

Film set on the eve of D-Day portrays Churchill as feeble and fainthearted, but not without celebrating an old-fashioned British identity constructed upon military belligerence - out in cinemas [Read More...]

Is this the year of “minority” horror?
The first six months of 2017 saw a number of dirty films either made by women or dealing with the subject of racism. Is the mutant beast of horror changing shape or is this just a quick fad? [Read More...]

Nail-biting Irish horror about a ghost haunting a woman recovering from an accident in a hospital will make you want to jump from your seat... but what if your body refuses to budge? In cinemas this week [Read More...]

Destination Unknown
A nightmare lasting 70 years: Holocaust survivors remember the chilling details of their predicament more than seven decades after it came to an end - in brand new doc out in cinemas [Read More...]

Berlin Syndrome
Forget Stockholm Syndrome! This German-flavoured kidnap is far more twisted than anything you've seen before - one of the dirtiest films of the year is out in cinemas Friday [Read More...]

After the Storm
A hurricane of emotions: Japanese family drama rescues complex sentiments from candid dialogues and trivial events, with inevitable comparisons to Ozu's Tokyo Story - now on BFI Player [Read More...]

The Summit (La Cordillera)
Into the heart of politics: this Argentinean fiction about a summit for Latin American presidents blends geopolitics with a very personal breakdown - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

A Gentle Creature (Krotkaya)
Russia has no time for kindness and solidarity, in this hellish portrayal of a woman in search of her incarcerated husband - now also available on VoD [Read More...]

The Double Lover (L’Amant Double)
François Ozon's latest movie is a breathtaking sexual and psychological thriller in no way inferior to Swimming Pool, with an unbelievable twist at the end - out on Mubi on Sunday, February 13th; also available on other platforms [Read More...]

Demons in Paradise
The Brits are the devil: how the legacy of shortsighted British imperialism led an extremely violent and continuous civil war in Sri Lanka - doc live from Cannes [Read More...]

Biopic of the French sculptor Auguster Rodin lacks movement, energy and vigour - unlike the vibrant pieces by the artist - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Happy End
Michael Haneke's eagerly anticipated Happy End deconstructs a French bourgeois family living in Calais, in all of their profound hopelessness and despondency; but the director uses old and somewhat trite devices - in cinemas [Read More...]

Jeune Femme
There's a young woman living inside each one of us, and sometimes she goes a little crazy. And that's ok! Effective drama by debutante French filmmaker is on Mubi in June/July [Read More...]

Golden Years (Nos Anées Folles)
André Techiné celebrates 50 years of filmmaking with a five-star and five-splat film, impeccable in style and profoundly subversive in its subject - live from Cannes [Read More...]

The Day After (Geu-Hu)
Korean director Hong Sang-soo has taught our editor Victor Fraga to be patient when looking at cinema; sometimes you have to open your heart before a story penetrates your soul - from the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

The Villainess (Ak-Nyeo)
Punch! Kick! Twist his arm! Slash that throat! This extremely violent Korean thriller tries it very hard, but it's not going to hit you in the face [Read More...]

Claire’s Camera (Keul-Le-Eo-Ui Ka-Me-La)
Korean film set in Cannes and starring Isabelle tells a very plain and yet moving story, with a very French flavour à la Eric Rohmer to it - showing on July 23rd as a teaser of the London Korean Film Festival [Read More...]

Redoubtable (Le Redoutable)
Biopic of the legendary French filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard and his former wife Anne Wiazemsky is a very touching, funny and yet profound tribute to the revolutionary fervour of the late 1960s in all of its wonderful contradictions - on Mubi in June 2020 [Read More...]

A Prayer Before Dawn
Just beat it! A combination of extreme violence and realism are not a surefire recipe for a good movie - the true story of British boxer Billy Moore is out in cinemas Friday, July 20th [Read More...]

The Square
You won't die laughing with this extremely long, caustic and strange Scandinavian comedy, but the movie does have some arresting and clever moments - Palme d'Or winner is in cinemas Friday, March 16th. [Read More...]

Behind every great man there's always a great... assistant! Doc explores the life of Leon Vitali, Stanley Kubrick's right-hand, and reveals the immense importance of his work both before and after the filmmaker's death - now available on VoD [Read More...]

Jupiter’s Moon (Jupiter Holdja)
Where Syrians fly: Hungarian film adds a very unexpected twist to the refugee crisis afflicting Europe, providing the afflicted with supernatural powers - on Mubi on Tuesday, May 24th; also available on Amazon Prime [Read More...]

Todd Haynes's latest excels in ingeniousness and technical wizardry, supported by outstanding performances and elegant photography, but the story gets a little diluted in its own complexity - now available for digital streaming [Read More...]

Loveless (Nelyubov)
To Russia with loathe: the latest movie by the director of the superb Leviathan is an allegory of hateful mother Russia, and how she's sacrificing her own children - now on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

How do you penetrate into the inscrutable dream world of a teenage girl? This charming British indie takes a peek inside the colourful imagination of an adolescent, and the outcome is delicate and dainty - now on VoD [Read More...]

Tomcat (Kater)
This Austrian drama about two gay men and a cat is almost certain to move animal lovers, but others may find it a little petty - from the Fringe! Queer Film Fest [Read More...]

Lost in London
Woody Harrelson's "first live broadcast movie ever made" is spectacularly inventive and original in its technical wizardry and ludicrous self-satire, but it's not without shortcomings - in cinemas now [Read More...]

Chubby Funny
This lighthearted and unpretentious blend of romcom and career drama set in London lends a whole new meaning to the expression "boy next door", according to DMovies editor Victor Fraga - in cinemas now [Read More...]

This quintessentially British comedy will elicit laughter if you grew up on the British Isles; otherwise you might find the film a little esoteric and "insular" - now on BFI Player [Read More...]

Heal the Living (Réparer les Vivants)
Heartwrenching tale of organ donation is extremely profound and graphic in its depiction of a transplant - yet it will stir your emotions, not your stomach - compulsory watching for everyone out now in cinemas [Read More...]

Handsome Devil
This warm and tender Irish drama about homophobic bullying in a boarding school is simple and lighthearted on the surface, but the message is no less pertinent and compelling - on Disney + UK on Friday, July 29th; also available on other platforms [Read More...]

Chief Kunstable Jason Williamson talks dirty
Following the launch of Bunch of Kunst last week, a slow-burn doc about the ferociously anti-establishment British duo Sleaford Mods, singer Jason Williamson talks to DMovies about music, cinema and politics [Read More...]

The Promise
Under the false premise of celebrating a people's resilience, saccharine-doused romance set against the Armenian genocide is but a poorly crafted piece of American propaganda - don't waste your time and your money! [Read More...]

Bunch of Kunst
Meet the angriest band in the UK, and find out what is it that fuels their wrath. Here's a clue: it's NOT immigrants "stealing English jobs"! [Read More...]

Letters from Baghdad
Gertrude Bell is often overlooked as an ardent champion of Iraq independence in the early 20th century, and her criticism of British meddling in the Middle East remains astonishingly accurate; doc made by two women and voiced by Tilda Swinton rescues her legacy - now available for digital streaming [Read More...]

Andrew Tiernan's indie-neo-noir-flirts-with-occultism has a delectable photography throughout and a very nice surprise in store at the end [Read More...]

Almost entirely set in a police van during the protests following the Arab Spring, this claustrophobic and intense fiction lends a whole new meaning to the phrase "insider's view" [Read More...]

Fabergé: a Life of its Own
New doc reveals the most expensive Easter egg ever made, created by a man whose history and legacy have come to epitomise the cravings of the super rich [Read More...]

Raw (Grave)
We have a very dirty surprise for you: bloody disgusting French horror about vegetarian-turned-cannibal will keep your head spinning and your stomach churning - out in cinemas this week! [Read More...]

We got diversity all wrong!!!
Liberals like myself like to embrace and demand diversity, but we often come up with flawed arguments; Fassbinder has taught me that this can backfire with catastrophic consequences - Victor Fraga reflects on the 1974 classic 'Fear Eats the Soul', as the film is made available on Mubi [Read More...]

The Proud Valley
A deliciously sharp and crisp restored version of the Ealing classic is now available on DVD and Blu-ray; the story of a Black American in the Welsh mines a milestone for diversity and Marxism in British cinema [Read More...]

The man with the nightmare vision
Andrew Tiernan, the director of the dystopian extreme surveillance sci-fi UK18, talks about the rise of neofacism, why he thinks the UK is moving in the wrong direction, how his work with Derek Jarman influenced his latest project, and much more! [Read More...]

Waiting for B
Beyoncé is far more than a pop star to these Brazilians queueing for two months to see their idol: she's an instrument for personal liberation in more ways than you can imagine - from Fringe! Queer Film Fest [Read More...]

I Love You Both
How much can two loving twins share? What about the same man? Lighthearted and heartfelt American LGBT romcom tests the allegiances of twins Krystal and Donnie - from BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival [Read More...]

Disturbing Chilean drama uses a famous real-life homophobic crime as a gauge for the strained relationship between a father and a son - streaming now with DMovies [Read More...]

Body Electric (Corpo Elétrico)
This brand new LGBT feature is a sexy, candid and colourful eulogy to Brazil's rich racial an sexual diversity - now on BFI Player [Read More...]

The Handmaiden
Park Chan-wook's lesbian soft porn thriller has enough colour, vigour and libido to keep you hooked for nearly 150 minutes, but it's also bursting with unnecessary clichés and repetitions - in cinemas now [Read More...]

What are the inevitable consequences of bullying? French Canadian LGBT drama exposes the disturbing face of high school life if you're gay, with a very surprising twist at the end - in the MyFrenchFilmFestival (online) [Read More...]

Centre of my World (Die Mitte der Welt)
This fairy tale teen gay romance set in Germany takes a very unexpected turn, but not in the direction many LGBT fans would expect - now on BFI Player [Read More...]

Our dirty questions to Olivier Assayas
The director of the unusual blend of horror and fashion Personal Shopper and the classic lesbian romance Clouds of Sils Maria talks to the DMovies about his latest movie, which is out this weekend. [Read More...]

The filmmaker who denounced the Brazilian coup d’état
The director of the internationally-acclaimed Brazilian drama Aquarius flies to London for his film release, and he talks to Victor Fraga from DMovies about fiery topics such as greedy real estate developers and the coup d'état in Brazil last year [Read More...]

The Eyes of my Mother
Ouch, that hurts! Eye-gouging and bloodcurdling American horror blends old-fashioned Lynchian and Cronenbergian devices to surprising results [Read More...]

Personal Shopper
This very unusual French ghost movie is a kaleidoscope of genres, references and nationalities, hardly comparable to anything you've seen before - on Disney + UK on Friday, July 22nd; also available on other platforms [Read More...]

Carol is a great film, just not a very dirty one
Outstanding acting? Tick. Superb direction? Tick. Greatest LGBT film of all times? I don't think so! Dirty movie? NO WAY!! Todd Haynes's Carol is indeed a masterpiece, but it also represents the consummation of the gay bourgeois ideal, making it a thoroughly sanitised piece of cinema [Read More...]

The Chamber
You're trapped! Claustrophobic Welsh thriller set in the pitch-black depths of North Korean Yellow Sea is certain to cause you anguish and fear - out in cinemas [Read More...]

Saving Banksy
The anti-capitalistic graffiti artist whose real identity remains as elusive as the giant squid is the subject of documentary available on iTunes [Read More...]

I am not your Negro
Yes, it's that black and white: the future of the US will only be as bright or as dark as the future of the negroes - one of the best films if 2017 in now on all major VoD platforms [Read More...]

Touching yet at times gruesome doc examines the lives of the outcasts in one of the most remote and unlikely places of the American Deep South - in cinemas and VoD [Read More...]

Freaks is a radical diversity statement
Nearly a century on, Tod Browning's Freaks remains the most radical and misunderstood statement for diversity in film ever made [Read More...]

Moonlight and intersectionality
Moonlight's Oscar win was a tremendous achievement in the struggle against racism and homophobia; now let's be careful not to confuse intersectionality with sectarianism [Read More...]

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...]

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 - now on BFI Player [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...]

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 - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

Have a Nice Day (Hao Ji Le)
When the capitalistic dreams of the Chinese turn into a bloody nightmare - this filthy animation is a delightful surprise now in UK cinemas [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 - from the BFI London Film Festival [Read More...]

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...]

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 prolonged torment and gloom - watch it now at home on ArteKino [Read More...]

The Misandrists
Man-hating female revolutionaries do not want equality, and instead they have established an alternative society of their own - Bruce LaBruce's latest movie is out on DVD April 30th [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 - now available on Mubi [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: despite a top-drawer cast, her latest endeavour is a mediocre comedy eliciting the occasional laughter - now available on VoD [Read More...]

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 - in cinemas now [Read More...]

Viceroy’s House
Remember the partition of India: Urgent lesson of British history, accountability and vested interests is on Netflix on Wednesday, July 6th [Read More...]

Meditative and sensorial movie about anonymous sex and dysfunctional family relations is now available for digital streaming [Read More...]

Johannesburg is a city of violence and shattered dreams where three very different migrant stories interlock - from the Cambridge 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 - in cinemas this week [Read More...]

Cry with the llorona: doc follows the life of the extraordinary Chavela Vargas from cradle to grave, in an emotional journey that's sure to grip you - from the Fringe! Queer Film Fest [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 - now also available on Netflix [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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
CHARLES CHAPLIN WAS RIGHT: DONALD TRUMP IS A LIAR. FROM OUR ARCHIVES - "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...]

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 - now also available on Disney+ UK [Read More...]

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 - now on Blu-ray, DVD, and iTunes [Read More...]

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 - now on Netflix! [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...]

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 - in cinemas [Read More...]

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...]

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 (Zoologiya)
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 - now in cinemas and on BFI Player [Read More...]

Don't go into the basement! The Japanese hold very dark secrets in their cellar, and it's not mommy's stuffed corpse - Kurosawa's horror is now on Mubi! [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 - in selected cinemas [Read More...]

The moon enlightens but also it can also drive you insane: auspicious drama questions how to be simultaneously 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...]

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...]

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 - from the Jewish Film Festival [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 - now on VoD [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
REMEMBER THE PARTITION: 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? [Read More...]

Naanu Avanalla 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...]

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
Ken Loach's realistic classic from 1967 rescues the discreet charm of the British working class and portrays the nation in all of its insular magnificence - on BritBox on Thursday, June 9th [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, DMovies 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...]

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 DMovies like few others - the movie acquires a new relevance during the Ukrainian War [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...]

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...]

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 now 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 Palestine and the refugee crisis - now available on VoD [Read More...]

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 - on BFI Player on Monday, September 11th [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...]

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 that wrapped up the BFI Flare LGBT Film Festival a few years ago is now on Mubi [Read More...]

An American story of bereavement and forgiveness, where homosexuality is the background but never the leitmotif - now available on BFI player [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 - now on Amazon [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)
In his first film, Kleber Mendonca Filho explores the dull urban cacophony that ties together middle-class neighbours in the Brazilian city of Recife - on MUBI for 30 days only! [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...]

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 - now available on Mubi [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...]

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 - in cinemas now [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)
German film investigates the difficult decision that a woman has to be between having a dirty abortion and a "disgusting" severely sick and disabled child - available on ArteKino throughout December [Read More...]

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...]

Things to Come (L’Avenir)
A downcast and passive Isabelle Huppert is a philosophy teacher unable to act out her teachings, in a beautiful reflection on intellectual futility - now on Mubi [Read More...]

Oscar’s too white, Carnival’s too black – or not?
As Brazil and the world prepare for Carnival, DMovies remembers Black Orpheus and cordial racism in Brazilian cinema - plus we do a very special giveaway [Read More...]

Here Come the Brides (Vestidas de Noiva)
The day the excretory system gave birth, and the fitting cinematic response thereafter [Read More...]

Futuro Beach (Praia do Futuro)
Immigration to Europe leads gay lifeguard to a violent rupture with Brazil, in the latest film by Brazilian veteran Karim Ainouz [Read More...]

Rat Fever (Febre do Rato)
The Brazilian Northeastern town of Recife is intoxicated with a heady mixture of artistic, sexual freedom and anarchy [Read More...]

The Dead Girl’s Feast (A Festa da Menina Morta)
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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