A visually rich though narratively challenging film that aims to fold Buddhist ideas into an imaginative reflection on the unstable notion of anonymity.
Locarno Film Festival
An unpretentious delight that replicates the quasi-stilted dialogue of language classes to disarmingly grant deeper life to the immigrant experience.
A nice guy trapped when his car is crushed by a collapsed tunnel tries to maintain his spirits while the rescue operation flounders.
A quietly intense femme-centric drama about a woman trying to negotiate patriarchal traditions in order to get her younger sister engaged.
Expectedly epic though disappointingly weak in production numbers, the film has sporadic visual enjoyments yet doesn't live up to its potential.
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.
2016-2017 Oscar Predictions