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Gholam (UK-Iran 2017)

This unusual film places a major Iranian star actor, known in the West for three leading roles in the films of Asghar Farhadi, into a downbeat slow-paced thriller set in parts of North London. The director is Mitra Tabrizian, Professor of Photography at the University of Westminster whose 2005 exhibition ‘Border’ appears to have been … Continue reading

The Clan (El Clan, Argentina-Spain 2015)

Pablo Trapero is one of the most successful filmmakers working in Argentina today. To underline that status, his latest film to get a UK release was co-produced by the Almodóvars’ company El Deseo. It won the Silver Lion at Venice in 2015 and had the biggest ever opening box office take for any film in Argentina, … Continue reading

The Hunters (Jägarna, Sweden 1996)

The Hunters was a big hit in Sweden in the 1990s but, as far as I am aware, didn’t receive a UK cinema release. It wasn’t until the success of Scandinavian TV noir dramas that UK distributors began to look out for Scandinavian genre films. Consequently it was only in 2012 that I learned about … Continue reading

In Order of Disappearance (Kraftidioten, Norway-Sweden-Den-Ger 2014)

Kraftidioten got very good reviews at the Berlin Festival in January but has been released by Metrodome on just 25 screens in the UK. That’s a shame because it is an enjoyable black comedy with a star cast offering great entertainment value. The film’s Norwegian title refers to the ‘power idiots’ who operate in part of … Continue reading

Prisoners (US 2013)

There are two reasons for featuring what is ostensibly a Hollywood movie on this blog (apart from its surprising success and controversial readings by critics). First, it’s the product of a creative team in which several of the principal crew members (director, composer, cinematographer, designers etc.) are non-American. Secondly, its length (153 mins) and outline … Continue reading

Welcome to the Punch (UK 2013)

This is a strange film. Writer-director Eran Creevy describes it as a “cops and robbers film’” and tells us that it developed from his love for the Hong Kong ‘heroic bloodshed’ pictures of the late 1980s/early 1990s by directors such as John Woo and Ringo Lam. Quentin Tarantino has already exploited the genre but Creevy … Continue reading

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