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Victor Fraga

Victor Fraga

Victor Fraga (Writer and Publisher)
Dirty Brazilian immigrant in London

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

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

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

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

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

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


Other posts by Victor Fraga
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 - from the Edinburgh International Film Festival [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 - in cinemas Friday, June 22nd [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 - in cinemas Friday, June 22nd [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 - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Yomeddine
Egyptian comedy about leper seeking his father juggles lighthearted humour with very profound sense of humanity - live from Cannes [Read More...]

The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Agaci)
Palme d'Or winning Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan returns to Cannes with a profound meditation on family and the role of the artist with almost 200 minutes of duration - live from Cannes [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...]

Capharnaum
Lebanese film about about child who has committed a horrific crime and blames his parents for procreating deals with a vast array of socio-political issues - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Dogman
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 [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; sadly it doesn't get its language quite right - live from Cannes [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 - live from Cannes [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 - live from Cannes [Read More...]

The House That Jack Built
The controversial Danish director returns to Cannes after his "lifetime" ban is lifted, and delivers his most violent and sadistic film to date, about a prolific serial killer and his perceived sense of superiority [Read More...]

BlacKkKlansman
The iconic American director astonishes Cannes 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, and successfully tying it with Trump's racist rhetoric [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 - live from Cannes [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 - live from Cannes [Read More...]

Happy as Lazzaro (Lazzaro Felice)
Superb Italian drama with strong religious connotations meditates on compassion, trust and selflessness, and receives rousing ovation in Cannes [Read More...]

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

The Image Book (Le Livre d’Image]
The enfant terrible of French cinema stuns Cannes (or not) with a filthy masterpiece you will probably never watch - live from the event [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 - live from Cannes [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 - live from Cannes [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 - in cinemas May 17th [Read More...]

Beast
Love hurts! Serial killer romance set in Jersey is infectious with lyrical ambiguity and undertones, in an impressive debut work - in cinemas April 27th [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 - WINNER OF THE GOLDEN BEAR [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 - from the Edinburgh International Film Festival [Read More...]

Unsane
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 - in cinemas March 23rd [Read More...]

Ága
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...]

Eldorado
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 - live from the Berlinale [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 two years ago, and it's aptly named after a novel by the German-speaking writer - at the Sheffield Doc Fest [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 - live from the Berlinale [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 and profoundly disturbing and contains very current messages - live from the Berlinale [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 - from BFI Flare [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 - live from the Berlinale [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...]

Transit
Just a little bit of history repeating? Audacious German film transposes Holoucast novel from 1942 onto modern Marseilles; the outcome is odd and yet bewitching - from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Eva
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...]

Dovlatov
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 Berlinale [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 - from Sheffield Doc/Fest [Read More...]

Damsel
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 - live from the Berlinale [Read More...]

Diverge
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 - in cinemas February 23rd [Read More...]

Homesick
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...]

Sebastian
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...]

Makala
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...]

Psychotic!
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 - available for online streaming [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 - watch now on ArteKino [Read More...]

Menashe
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 BFI Player [Read More...]

Fluid0
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...]

Dalida
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...]

Suburbicon
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...]

Pitanga
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...]

Democracy
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 - now on VoD [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 - British horror is out in cinemas on Friday the 13th [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 out in cinemas on Friday, March 2nd [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 - out in cinemas April 6th [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 (As Boas Maneiras)
Outstanding Brazilian horror blends the tender with the bizarre, in a very original story about motherhood, pregnancy and reclusion from society - from BFI Flare [Read More...]

I am not a Witch
Superb Zambian fiction movie about witchcraft is guaranteed to make you both laugh and cry, thereby raising awareness of a very serious issue - on all major VoD platforms [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 - out in cinemas Friday [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 The Vault is a hybrid of horror and bank heist starring James Franco; it does work on some levels, but it eventually loses the plot - in cinemas [Read More...]

Stratton
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...]

Detroit
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 on BFI Player and all major VoD platforms [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...]

Quest
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 - in cinemas and BFI Player [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...]

Risk
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...]

Hampstead
This sloppy rom-com is bursting with clichés and hardly plausible, but it still has a certain je-ne-sais-quois - in cinemas this week [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...]

Churchill
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...]

Nails
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 - out in cinemas Friday, April 13th [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 in cinemas on Friday, June 1st [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...]

Rodin
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 premiered in Cannes last year and it's out in cinemas Friday, May 18th [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 - from the Cannes 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 - available for digital streaming [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 showing at the BFI London Film Festival [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...]

Filmworker
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 - in cinemas Friday, May 18th [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 - in cinemas [Read More...]

Wonderstruck
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 - in cinemas April 6th [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...]

Spaceship
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...]

Mindhorn
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 - out in cinemas [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 [Read More...]

Dragonfly
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...]

Clash
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 reaches UK cinemas [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 BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival [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...]

Jesús
Disturbing Chilean drama uses a famous real-life homophobic crime as a gauge for the strained relationship between a father and a son - from the BFI Flare London LGBT Film Festival [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...]

1:54
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 [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...]

Uncertain
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...]

Elle
Verhoeven's latest movie is a sensual ballad of visceral sex and dysfunctional relationships, elegant in its eccentricity and deliciously repulsive in its pathology, starring Isabelle Huppert - 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...]

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

Ana, mon Amour
Romanian drama with about turbulent relationship has great emotional depth and unusual chronology - 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...]

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

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

Colo
The silent collapse of a Portuguese family due to the effects of the economic crisis makes for languid and painful watching, a rich feast for lovers of 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 - to very convincing results [Read More...]

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

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

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

Viceroy’s House
REMEMBER THE PARTITION OF INDIA: Urgent lesson of British history, accountability and vested interests is now out in cinemas everywhere, but the movie is not without faults. [Read More...]

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

Vaya
Johannesburg is a city of violence and shattered dreams where three very different migrant stories interlock - from the 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...]

Chavela
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 [Read More...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Great Trumptator
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...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neruda
Redreaming the dreamer: biopic of the Chilean poet and politician Pablo Neruda is as imaginative and colourful as the man it portrays, and a fitting tribute to one of the most important voices of literature and communism in the 20th century - now on Blu-ray, DVD, and iTunes [Read More...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zoology (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...]

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

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

Moonlight
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...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dirty Pretty Things
Is it dirty being illegal? As the EU referendum approaches, 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...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Akron
An American story of bereavement and forgiveness, where homosexuality is the background but never the leitmotif - 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)
Debutant filmmaker explores the dull urban cacophony that ties together middle-class neighbours in the Brazilian city of Recife - to outstanding results [Read More...]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mahana
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 [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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