A film critic for more than 55 years and Screen International’s critic-at-large, Dan has written for the title since 2001. Honorary vice-president of Fipresci, he is editor of Israeli film magazine Cinematheque.
Dir Cristi Puiu
A three-hour-long minimalist saga shot almost entirely in a cramped Bucharest flat, crowded with members of one family, 40 days after the death of its paterfamilias. No one is particularly concerned with the deceased — they’re just waiting for the priest to show up for the traditional ceremony, before they can attack the food on the table. Deeply rooted in Romanian soil, this is a stunning portrait of the contemporary middle class, its preoccupations, worries and frazzled relationships.Profoundly human and universally valid, it is masterfully directed by Puiu and boasts vibrantly true performances.
CONTACT Elle Driver email@example.com
- I Am Not Madame Bovary
Dir Feng Xiaogang
Precise, brilliantly shot and meticulously planned, with wonderfully shaped round frames, this is a biting social satire of today’s Chinese society and its egalitarian presumptions.
CONTACT Wild Bunch firstname.lastname@example.org
Dir Jim Jarmusch
Poetry of everyday life, tongue-in-cheek, tender, gentle and whimsical; a delightful antidote to the routine multiplex drudge.
CONTACT K5 International email@example.com
Dir Cristian Mungiu
Paternal devotion and moral standards are put to the most severe test in a drama that never cries, but whispers the uncomfortable truths we’d all rather ignore.
CONTACT Wild Bunch firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hell Or High Water
Dir David Mackenzie
Despite the scenery, not a western but a witty morality tale with bank robbers for heroes and banks for villains. Cast, written and directed to perfection.
CONTACT Sierra/Affinity email@example.com
A Journey Through French Cinema
Dir Bertrand Tavernier
Tavernier’s affection for the cinema of his country resonates in this 190-minute voyage through acknowledged classics and forgotten masterpieces. Less like a lesson, more like a guided tour, and always keeping in mind that behind every director there are actors, musicians and set designers who should never be ignored.
CONTACT Pathe Distribution firstname.lastname@example.org
Dir William Oldroyd
Nothing to do with Shakespeare, rather this is furious Russian passion chilled down into an austere, scrupulously directed 19th-century British tragedy. Every frame, every set and every look painted on the faces of the actors is carefully shaped by a master hand. As Katherine, lead performer Florence Pugh’s transition from innocent Victorian bride to ruthless murderer is unique.
CONTACT Protagonist Pictures email@example.com