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Francofonia (2015) - courtesy Music Box Films

Francofonia

‘Time is a knot,’ remarks Alexandr Sokurov during his voiceover for his period docu-fiction, Francofonia. Anyone who has seen the director’s previous masterpiece, Russian Ark (2002), will remember that film’s complicated web of Russian history and the graceful, uninterrupted dance...

Isabelle Huppert in Elle (2016) - courtesy Mongrel Media

Elle

It says a lot that Paul Verhoeven, director of gratuitously violent films like Robocop (1987) and highly sexualised ones like Basic Instinct (1992) and Showgirls (1995), judged his latest film, Elle, to be too ‘amoral’ to be filmed in America....

François Leterrier in A Man Escaped (1956)

A Man Escaped

Jailbreak films have a unique attraction. Their heroes are the greatest underdogs, those who defy their persecutors after being reduced to the humblest form of existence. The audacity of any escape is thrilling; the ingenuity of the best ones can...

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