Discover the film festival that has all bases covered

Thessaloniki also offers guests and patrons an opportunity to catch a selection of classic Greek cinema in its ‘Motherland I See You’ strand, featuring Dimitris Gaziadis’ 1929 romance Astero and Theo Angelopoulos’ sprawling 1975 masterpiece The Travelling Players, as well as offering a unique ‘Crossing Borders’ selection featuring Greek filmmakers working outside of their home country. This year Thessaloniki also encourages viewers to focus on an artform often overlooked in filmmaking – the ‘Focus on Editing’ programme spans from Alain Resnais’ Muriel, or the Time of Return through to Steven…

Robert Levon Been on scoring The Card Counter

You should probably be in bed by now.’ He was always kind of motherly: ‘We’ll have fun, but you’ve got to eat your peas and carrots.’ It’s strange looking back, because at the time he was one of the more normal ones. It’s almost like the music is a character in that it’s coming alive; I was just throwing in some lines that aren’t really a song and are just kind of waking up, the way the subconscious starts waking to create this arc. There were so many things that…

The Card Counter

Manhattan. Visually, Schrader shoots for extreme asceticism, with casino floors made to resemble the gun-metal austerity of a prison rec room. It’s a supremely compelling tale leavened by its wry humour and a subtle commentary on the essential emptiness of American life. Lots of great stuff here, but this is first and foremost the Oscar Isaac show. A crackerjack finale leads to the film’s bittersweet final shot, which references Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel fresco ‘The Creation of Adam’ and encapsulates so much about Schrader’s cinema, in everything from way back to…

A24 will stream Warwick Thornton’s “looping film” The Beach this Thanksgiving

During the American holiday of Thanksgiving, there’s always a slow burn of anxiety for those bustling about with family, much of it related to elaborate meal preparation. What could be a better tonic for that particular fatigue than solitude, calm, and back-to-basics cooking? He’d gone there for one month all by his lonesome to shoot a slow-cinema project called The Beach, previously broadcast as a three-hour event on Australian TV network SBS, and now coming to a global audience in a curious altered form. A24 will stream Warwick Thornton’s “looping…

Quentin Tarantino is getting into the NFT game

They’re basically digital assets you purchase with a lot of money – except they’re special in some way, and their code may contain secret goodies. But the question of publication does figure significantly here, recalling the case of the one-of-a-king Wu-Tang Clan album now privately owned by a capital group. Hidden content embedded in the NFT file will include scanned pages of the original handwritten script, still covered in Tarantino’s asides, notes, doodles, and cross-outs as the ultimate creator commentary track. This same quandary now applies to what could be…