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Silence

Martin Scorsese is no stranger to period films, but not since The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) has he reached so far into the past to tell a story that resonates so powerfully today. Appropriately, his latest film, Silence, is...

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...

Headshot (2016) - courtesy Vertical Entertainment

Headshot

Iko Uwais’s star has risen after his energetic, concussive appearances in Gareth Evans’s The Raid (2011) and its even more violent sequel, The Raid 2 (2014). Uwais’s rapid, destructive style of martial arts combat, coupled with Evans’s balletic camerawork, brought...

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....

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