Fat Girl remains a radical reflection on female sexuality and power

The Pingots are richly realised, realistically contradictory young women. Eventually, a worn-down Elena allows him to have anal sex with her. Breillat perfectly captures the prickly push-pull of sisterhood, and that unique teenage blend of naivety and filthy-mindedness. The conclusion’s extreme gendered violence lives on the same continuum as Fernando’s “seduction.” Both acts are the inevitable consequence of a misogynistic society. The final shot, a freeze-frame of Anaïs’ defiant face, offers determination not despair. Released in 2001, Fat Girl is Breillat at her brutal best. Her 1999 breakthrough Romance caused…

Female authenticity takes centre stage at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021

The festival has a long tradition of representing a wide slice of society through the medium of film, and this year’s line-up is testament to that. The line-up at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest has some serious wisdom to impart – regarding the treatment of elderly people, the subjugation of minorities and the chronic underfunding of female-led projects. Female authenticity takes centre stage at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2021 Three films at this year’s festival combined female-centred stories with inspiring acts of protest.For better or for worse, film reflects the world we live…

How Ace in the Hole foreshadowed the post-truth era

However, the exploitative reporter turns this into an attention-grabbing headline that reads: “Ancient curse entombs local man”. Share this Words Thomas Hobbs @thobbsjourno Share this Share this The experience of making Ace in the Hole clearly left a bad taste in Billy Wilder’s mouth. Wilder seemed to know that his “talent for exaggeration” would only become more and more prevalent within journalism in the years that followed, with the director correctly envisioning a future where journalists were less interested in reporting stories and more preoccupied with becoming the story itself.…

In praise of Shiva Baby and the Messy Bisexual

While historically the sexual fluidity of bisexual characters has been presented as something to fear and distrust, Emma Seligman’s feature-length directorial debut creates a Messy Bisexual for the ages. Yet film has been curiously slow to catch up. “Danielle is a Messy Bisexual, yes, but crucially her sexuality does not define her messiness.” Meanwhile, Broad City’s Ilana is an oversexed bisexual tornado but is still devoted to her friendship with Abbi; Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Rosa Diaz, who comes out as bisexual in the fifth season, has a lot more to her…

LWLies Sixties Presents… 2001: A Space Odyssey reimagined

The poster in question – one of several commissioned for the film’s initial theatrical run – was painted by famed American illustrator Robert McCall, who worked as NASA’s official in-house artist at the height of the Space Race. Discover more at 99designs.com It’s one of the most iconic pieces of film art ever created: a rocket ship blasting out of a giant, wheel-spaced space station as the Earth hangs serenely in the background. Stoten built his poster “like a collage, using iconic images to represent different aspects of what I…

The Father

It becomes clear early on that Anthony is suffering from dementia, and Anne is struggling to help him come to terms with the illness. Florian Zeller’s directorial debut doesn’t answer these questions, but it does open the door to a world of torment that will be all too familiar to those who have witnessed the impact of dementia. It’s a stark, unglamorous turn from a master of his craft, capturing the sense of a person being slowly erased by their illness, and just how confusing, frustrating and frightening that must…

Jessica Chastain praises the good lord in The Eyes of Tammy Faye trailer

In the new film from Michael Showalter, she appears alongside Andrew Garfield (as her oily husband, Jim Bakker) and Vincent D’Onofrio (as Jerry Falwell, the kingmaker of the Christian right) to recount Tammy Faye’s surprising rise and fall. In the press, Chastain has been vocal about her commitment to producing and starring in films that showcase complex female characters finding their own strength, a pledge reflected in her recent gig on Molly’s Game and in her upcoming all-women spy thriller The 355. Today brings the first trailer, and a look…

The Amusement Park

The Amusement Park comes with two frames. The prizes that our protagonist wins at a sideshow are bags of groceries, but he cannot find anyone to help him carry them away. At the freakshow, curtains are pulled to reveal that the freaks are just the elderly. Once again, in the decrepitude and deflation of his other, the man who has just arrived is getting a glimpse of his own future. After a series of bizarre encounters in this funfair setting, he will, like any passenger on a ride, end up…

Shiva Baby

Enjoyed Seligman’s short film. At a time when the traditional markers of adulthood feel more out of reach for young people than ever, the overwhelming pressure to have it all figured out remains. She is inundated with a seemingly endless stream of probing questions about her romantic status, career plans and her weight (“What are you up to, besides starving yourself to death?”) With tensions already running high, she is thrown completely off balance by three unexpected guests: Max; his wife Kim (Dianna Agron); and their infant daughter. Danielle is…

The enduring legacy of Ousmane Sembène

As his biographer, documentarian and friend Dr Samba Gadjigo puts it, “He is not a filmmaker who uses politics, he is a politician who uses filmmaking.” Filmmaking was not his first medium, having first started out in the 1950s as a celebrated novelist, but the Senegalese population was, at that time, over 80 per cent illiterate and it became apparent that novels had limited scope to affect widespread change. Yet for all his artistry and enduring legacy as a filmmaker, Sembène considered his films to be tools of his political…

The Souvenir Part II will premiere in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight

Feature Films Ouistreham, Emmanuel Carrère A Chiara, Jonas Carpignano Ali & Ava, Clio Barnard Clara Sola, Nathalie Álvarez Mesen De bas étage, Yassine Qnia Diários de Otsoga, Miguel Gomes, Maureen Fazendeiro El empleado y el patrón, Manuel Nieto Zas Entre les vagues, Anaïs Volpé Europa, Haider Rashid Futura, Pietro Marcello, Alice Rohrwacher, Francesco Munzi Hit the Road, Panah Panahi Întregalde, Radu Muntean The Hill Where Lionesses Roar, Luàna Bajrami Les Magnétiques, Vincent Maël Cardona Medusa, Anita Rocha da Silveira Murina, Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović Neptune Frost, Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman A…

Bryan Fuller is pumping the gas on a remake of Stephen King’s Christine

Little does he know, the demonically possessed automobile gives him a full makeover, taking over his body and warping his personality as the body count continues to rise. In the novel, Christine is the name of a 1957 Plymouth Fury that comes into the ownership of one Arnie Cunningham, a chronically uncool teen who fixes up the vehicle in the hopes that the hot rod will improve his reputation. This would join a docket of pending King projects that also includes a film version of The Dark Half from Alex…

Nobody

Hutch still can’t face inflicting any significant violence on them but he’s now a coiled spring wanting revenge on… someone. This mundane existence is soon shattered when the Mansell home is invaded by two burglars who he hesitates from hurting. Enjoyment. Share this Share this Bob Odenkirk turns action hero in this effective beat ’em up from John Wick writer Derek Kolstad.After more than a decade portraying pseudonymous shady lawyer Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad and its prequel series Better Call Saul, Bob Odenkirk has turned action hero. Some of…

Uprising is an urgent, emotional account of a national tragedy

Uprising is an urgent, emotional account of a national tragedy Steve McQueen and James Rogan’s three-part docuseries examines three pivotal events from 1981.Britain, 1981. In the first episode, Southeast London is rendered vibrant and sunny. The second and third episodes of Uprising follow on from the New Cross fire, exploring the increasingly fractured relationship between local communities, the police and the media, which was exacerbated by the poor handling of the investigation. Published 7 Jun 2021 Share this Uprising, a new three-part documentary series directed by Steve McQueen and James…

Everyone’s armed and dangerous in the first trailer for No Sudden Move

After the relatively talky, static seafaring voyage of his last film, the pistols-blazing action should come as a refreshing change of pace. Share this Words Charles Bramesco @intothecrevasse Share this Share this Never a dull moment with Steven Soderbergh – though his most recent feature Let Them All Talk still has yet to receive a release in the UK, he’s getting ready to raise the curtain on the next one, his period crime thriller No Sudden Move. Don Cheadle leads the deep-benched cast as Curt Goynes, a small-time crook hired…