“Zama”: Film Review

An imperious man stands on a shore, nose aquiline, brow furrowed. Gravity is carved in his features. Noble in stance, he is the perfect image of the 18th century colonial administrator. Within moments, the scene turns to farce. Caught ogling bathing women, he is pursued, fleeing to cries of ‘Voyeur! Voyeur!’. He restores his precarious dignity by turning around and hitting one of the women, a slave.

Berlinale 2018, Drama, Russian Cinema

“Dovlatov” – Aleksey German Jr in Conversation

The past is a dream in this bittersweet tale of a writer adrift in Brezhnev’s USSR. An elegiac journey into a luminously hazy Leningrad, Aleksey German Jr’s new film “Dovlatov” follows the life of the now celebrated writer Sergei Dovlatov over six days in 1971, as he struggles to get published. KinoSelect Editors Victoria Naumova and Nadia Bee met “Dovlatov”‘s director over tea, and discussed the writer’s journey.


“Vita and Virginia”: Film Review

Of the many compelling love affairs that punctuated the lives of the writers and artists of the Bloomsbury set during the first half of the 20th century, Virginia Woolf's involvement with Vita Sackville-West stands out.


“Never Look Away”: Film Review

This is Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s third feature, after his compelling The Lives of Others, set in 1980s East Berlin, and The Tourist, the filmmaker’s Hollywood detour with Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. 


“Good Time”: Film Review

A wild night in New York starts calmly enough. In a psychiatrist’s office, a young man, Nick (Benny Safdie), speaks haltingly.