World cinema

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Jailbreak review – the great, ingenious, Chilean escape
The last days of Pinochet’s regime form the backdrop of this exciting dramatisation of a real prison-break plot

Phuong Le

23, Feb, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Erēmīta (Anthologies) review – lockdown experiments of varying accomplishment
Alexis Zabé’s mini-doc about a Venice Beach homeless community is the pick of this studiously serious grab-bag of shorts shot in lockdown

Cath Clarke

22, Feb, 2021 @2:00 PM

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'People want imperfection': Hiam Abbass on Succession, Ramy and playing complex women
She is all calm as enigmatic Marcia Roy in the media-dynasty saga, but as the Egyptian-American mother in the award-winning comedy, she’s a hoot. The Palestinian actor examines her many-layered roles

Hannah J Davies

16, Feb, 2021 @3:39 PM

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Bad Tales review – suburban dysfunction in visceral Italian drama
Superbly shot, the D’Innocenzo brothers’ film focuses on families, neighbourly envy and the feral behaviour of men which culminates in tragedy

Peter Bradshaw

16, Feb, 2021 @11:00 AM

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'My father and I disagree on the purpose of cinema': Anders and Nicolas Winding Refn on film-making
The two Danish directors have known the joy of success and the pain of failure in their respective careers. Just don’t expect them to see eye to eye on anything else

Xan Brooks

11, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Oscars release first shortlists for 2021 Academy Awards
Boys State, MLK/FBI and Crip Camp among contenders as categories announced include best documentary and best international film

Andrew Pulver

10, Feb, 2021 @1:38 PM

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Breeder review – muddled torture porn horror
Gonzo violence brings down what could have been an enjoyably bizarre melodrama about a creepy eternal-youth biotech facility

Peter Bradshaw

09, Feb, 2021 @5:00 PM

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Dead Pigs review – winding tale of life in cash-crazed Shanghai
Cathy Yan’s sprawling drama uses a real-life discovery of 16,000 porcine corpses to pick away at Chinese commercialism

Peter Bradshaw

09, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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If It Were Love review – a dance doc powered by the exuberance of youth
Patric Chiha’s film follows a troupe rehearsing a major production and draws its charm from the carefree energy of its performers

Peter Bradshaw

08, Feb, 2021 @3:00 PM

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The Recce review – crossing enemy lines in South African action-drama
An elite soldier is sent on a perilous solo mission in this underwhelming drama set during the Namibian war of independence

Leslie Felperin

03, Feb, 2021 @4:00 PM

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Birds (Or How to Be One) review – flighty avian-themed drama-doc
Babis Makridis takes to the sky with an experimental and sometimes difficult to watch manifesto inspired by Aristophanes’s play The Birds

Phil Hoad

02, Feb, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Winter Flies review – teen tearaways ride their luck with a smile
Olmo Omerzu steers this Czech road movie gently, teasing wonderfully natural performances from his young leads

Phil Hoad

01, Feb, 2021 @1:00 PM

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