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…