Hotel by the River is a slight, but interesting experiment for Hong Sang-soo aficionados.
The World of Us is a film of childhood friendship, and therefore it’s a film about rituals of social exclusion.
A gentle, thoughtful reflection on how family punctures our most elaborately-conceived fictions.
Behemoth’s immensity gives way to wounded specificity, in an elegy aching with pain.
Disney’s underdog Ugandan chess story digs a little deeper into the difficulties of overcoming disadvantage.
Personal Shopper offers a challenging reflection upon identity and spirituality, enriched by Kristen Stewart’s extratextual resonance with its themes. Also, there are ghosts.
The Dark Wind tells the story of the Islamic State’s impact on the Yazidi community, a Kurdish group targeted for genocide in 2014.
Trust South Korea to turn a film about elderly sex workers into a black comedy.
For SBS Movies, I run down the top ten films to see at the 2016 Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival.
If Iranian cinema has a home, it’s the automobile. Like Abbas Kiarostami’s Taste of Cherry and Ten, Jafar Panahi’s Tehran Taxi, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s Tales, Ali Ahmadzade’s Atomic Heart is a road movie without any particular destination in mind, drifting idly through Tehran’s twilight streets, through conversations about atomic mothers and dormant dictators. But where those…