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”.
Painfully pleasurable and utterly epic, this gothic tale of one-eyed seagulls and men going mad is all crashing waves, booming foghorns, and stark, crepuscular landscapes.
This is a treat of a film. Its raw immediacy and wit both delight and worry.
A tale of unrequited love in three epic chapters is set against the sprawling landscapes of a rapidly changing China.
A quietly intense love story start in a Berlin Konditorei.
Does it matter if wartime resistance is futile? A resolute stand leads to the obscure death of a man, only belatedly turned into a saint by the Church that let him down.
A highly topical thriller and a genuinely engaging bittersweet romance, this tale of complex loyalties, kinship, and love is based on real-life stories of Mossad operatives.
Christopher Nolan is adamant that “Dunkirk” is not a war movie.
A love affair ends dismally, in the elegantly wallpapered breakfast room of a grand London townhouse: a suggestive Belgian iced bun is spurned.