Marie Amiguet & Vincent Munier – La panthère des neiges AKA The Velvet Queen (2021)

Two men explore the high-altitude wilderness of Tibet with many cameras, filming wildlife from a respectful distance and searching for the rare snow leopard. Read More »

Aleksey German Jr. – Delo AKA House Arrest (2021)

David, a university professor, takes to social media to criticize his city’s administration. But instead of the mayor’s dodgy dealings being investigated, David is himself accused of embezzlement and placed under house arrest. Despite the overbearing surveillance, double-crossing acquaintances, and growing media interest, David remains defiant and will not apologise. With the court case drawing ever nearer, does David have any hope of winning this battle against Goliath? Read More »

Dario Argento – Occhiali neri AKA Dark Glasses (2022)

A serial killer who preys on prostitutes sets his sights on Diana. As he pursues her, he causes a car crash in which she is blinded and 10-year-old Chin’s entire family dies. Despite her blindness, Diane resolves to take the boy in. But the killer is still on the loose… Read More »

Peter Brunner – Luzifer (2021)

A man with the mental faculties of a child must save his mother, thereby becoming god and devil. Read More »

Xavier Giannoli – Illusions perdues AKA Lost Illusions (2021)

PLOT: Story of the rise and the fall of a young man in Paris who dreamed to be a writer and became a journalist

A 2021 French drama film directed by Xavier Giannoli, based upon Illusions perdues by Honoré de Balzac. It stars Benjamin Voisin, Xavier Dolan, Vincent Lacoste, Cécile de France, Gérard Depardieu and Jeanne Balibar. Read More »

Pietro Marcello & Francesco Munzi & Alice Rohrwacher – Futura (2021)

Alice Rohrwacher, Pietro Marcello, and Francesco Munzi, three of the most interesting voices in contemporary Italian filmmaking, pool their talent in this captivating collective work, with a self-assured nod to the film Comizi d’amore (Love Meetings) by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1964). In their travels across Italy, the filmmakers hear from a diverse range of young people, resulting in a snapshot of a generation for whom hope is always marred with uncertainty. Disarmingly simple and strikingly effective, this documentary captures the spirit of a troubled time, in which the global pandemic throws doubt on the future. Read More »

Toshiaki Toyoda – Senritsu seshimeyo AKA Shiver (2021)

Essentially a series of vignettes that present an impressive combination of image and sound, “Shiver” seems to focus on concepts as tradition, through a distinct jidai-geki approach, nature and particularly water, as exhibited in the waves of the sea and the flow of the waterfalls, and the human body as connected to the playing of different percussion instruments. More intensely though, Toshiaki Toyoda focuses on the ways music is formed from a vibration that becomes a sound, that becomes a rhythm, that eventually becomes a piece of music. Read More »