Western: A place and a face

It’s summer, a heatwave has hit hard in the gorgeous wooded, lofty landscape of the Bulgarian nature reserve of Ali Botush, not far from the Greek border, and a group of men are hoisting their national,...

The Other Side of Hope

The Other Side of Hope: A timeless humanism

“I live here! This is my room!” — “No, it’s my bin shelter!” A Syrian fleeing the tragedies of war goes underground in the heart of Helsinki after his...

The Last Family

The Last Family: Four funerals and a murder

Emerging Polish director Jan P Matuszynski’s debut film, The Last Family, premiering in the official competition of the 69th Locarno International Film Festival, might be described as a...

Summer 1993

Summer 1993: A lump in the back of the throat

In Summer 1993, selected to compete in the Generation KPlus section of the 2017 Berlinale, Carla Simón has granted us access to a decisive moment in her own life. In a difficult,...

Sámi Blood

Sámi Blood: Becoming someone else

It was in traditional clothes that the cast of Sámi Blood turned up on the Lido to present the film in the Venice Days section of Venice, in its world premiere. A touch of colour that...