An aesthetically stunning cinematic feat, Roma gives a vivid account of a Mexico City childhood set against a backdrop of surging political repression.
It is a delight to see how a film can make the past feel so vivid. In the case of Shiraz, doubly so. Made in 1928, Shiraz tells the tale of a great love which came to be immortalised in stone – in the shape of the Taj Mahal.
Self-possessed, proud, glacially witty and maddeningly funny: Barbara Stanwyck is a dame like no other in this scintillating, effervescent screwball comedy.
What better way to transcend harrowing guilt and grief, than to be immersed in a world of primal fear?
South London, City lights in the distance. The crepuscular gloom envelops a man felled by loss, drink and impending homelessness. He has nowhere to go, and no loved ones. Yet “Jawbone” is a quietly exhilarating film.
A palimpsestic chamber piece in a minor key, Kore-eda’s “The Truth” stars Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche in a film that is as French as they come – almost.
There is a particular glamour to party nights in cities like Beirut or Tel Aviv – the proximity of the sea, the dark starry nights, suntanned boys and girls dancing the night away at impromptu gatherings, smoking on balconies and rooftop terraces, sometimes encountering that unexpected spark of attraction.
On the last day of 1930, a young man wrote a prescient article for the Cardiff Western Mail: “Liberty, for which fighters in Britain have struggled for centuries, is now considered pre-Victorian humbug throughout the world”.
The Berlinale distinguishes itself through its openness – a large-scale competitive festival, widely open to the public, with screenings in multiple cinemas throughout the city.
Céline Sciamma’s critically acclaimed tale of a silently rebellious love on a strange island, set in the 18th century, starts with a splash.
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A Cannes 2018 favourite, Alice Rohrwacher’s film is a deliciously subtle tragi-comic fable, told with the lightest of touches.
The best film about love?
The past brings up unexpected treasures in Ingmar Bergman’s 1971 “The Touch”.