For the first time since 1970, a Balkan feature is taking home the Golden Leopard. Gritty Bulgarian-Danish-French co-production “Godless,” by debuting features helmer Ralitza Petrova, will be sailing…
The film refuses to let up in its depiction of Bulgaria's corrupt post-Communist society, yet its lack of nuance works against any profound statement.
A hospitalized young man in a partial body cast spends years striving to hold on to some quality of life in Radu Jude's 1930s-set distancing drama.
Arthouse lovers, including those not always in synch with João Pedro Rodrigues' style, may be perplexed but are sure to find much pleasure in his distinct individualism.
Designed as a warning to parents, the film is armor-plated against criticism, yet the facile treatment of this hot-button topic never rises above a TV issue-of-the-week broadcast.
A remarkable, frequently unsettling exercise in staged voyeurism, recreating the interdependent lives of painter Zdzisław Beksiński and his family.
A damning portrait of contemporary Bulgarian society fragmented by class and the rural-urban divide, shot with flexible naturalism and quietly building towards inexorable disaster.
An overlong contribution to the genre set in the not-too-distant future, when a fungus has turned most everyone into brain-dead "Hungries" feasting on flesh and blood.
Director Haroun is careful not to present too many voices recounting the nightmare of torture, thereby ensuring the stories avoid becoming a numbing litany.
Trieste's unique cultural make-up adds a level of other-ness which the filmmakers are happy to foreground in this over-long though affectionate documentary.
The documentary barely identifies the wealth of clips, editing them together to convey mood rather than acting as an informative consideration of the movement.