Udine 2015: TwitchFilm's Most Anticipated Picks

We've been waiting for this moment for a whole year now: Thursday, April 23rd marks the grand opening of the 17th Udine Far East Film Festival, without a doubt one of the world's most important cultural events dedicated exclusively to... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

Imagine 2015: What The Audiences Liked Best

All good things must come to an end. And even though, at eleven days long, the 31st Imagine Film Festival Amsterdam was longer than ever, this weekend it still ended. Last Friday saw the awards ceremony, where Liza, the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Night Visions 2015: Inaugural 'Nordic Genre Industry Days' - The Nordic Challenge

Held in conjunction with the Night Visions film festival in Helsinki, Finland, the inaugural edition of Nordic Genre Industry Days presented panel discussions and pitch sessions for projects that are currently in development. As might be imagined from the title,... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Tribeca 2015: TwitchFilm Raises The Curtain With 10 Must-See Films

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, which runs through April 26, kicked off with its opening night presentation at the Beacon Theater of Live From New York!, Bao Nguyen's documentary on Saturday Night Live, that venerable 40-year old comedy institution. The... More »
  

Night Visions 2015: THE GUNMAN, Starring Peter Franzen And A Lot Of Sean Penn's Muscles

Peter Franzen is not the star of The Gunman -- that would be the clench-jawed Sean Penn, unbelievably bulked up, muscle groups well defined, as though he were auditioning for an art house version of The Expendables -- yet the... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Night Visions Preview: Finland's Biggest Genre Fest Kicks Off

The biggest and oldest genre festival in Finland, Night Visions, will kick off tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15, and run through Sunday, April 19. Because I drew the lucky straw, I will be attending the fest for the first time, and... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

TIFF Kids Talk Film: MAYA THE BEE

TwitchFilm's tiniest film reviewers will be doing tiny reviews for the TIFF Kids Film Festival currently happening at Toronto's Lightbox Cinema from April 7-19. Willem (age 12) and Miranda (age 10) kick off these video micro-reviews with the German/Australian animated 3D... More »
By Kurt Halfyard   
  

KINO! 2015: A Showcase For Contemporary German Cinema

KINO!, a celebration of contemporary German films, returns to New York for its 36th edition, setting up shop at Cinema Village in the West Village for the second year, April 9 - 16. Selected from across the great expanse of... More »
By Dustin Chang   
  

Spring Film Festival 2015 Preview: TwitchFilm's Top Picks

Now in its 21st edition, Spring Film Festival (Wiosna Filmów), traditionally known as Summer Film Festival, marks the beginning of the festival season in Poland. One of the country's oldest and most celebrated events dedicated to promoting awareness of international... More »
By Patryk Czekaj   
  

New Directors/New Films 2015: 10 Notable Selections From An Impressive Slate

As this year's edition of New Directors/New Films, co-programmed by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, winds up (it closes tomorrow), the festival once again confirms its stellar reputation for introducing New Yorkers to... More »
  

Now On Blu-ray: UN BIANCO VESTITO PER MARIALE And COME CANI ARRABBIATI From Camera Obscura

As the physical media hording masses of the world look to Blu-ray as their next best option, it's only a matter of time before our favorite distributors do the same. This time around it's the underappreciated German label, Camera Obscura.... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

A Year In Czech Cinema

On the day before the Academy Awards were handed out Stateside, another feast of awards occurred in the Czech Republic. The Czech Lions, an annual event, welcomed domestic filmmakers and people from the film industry to celebrate their yearly work. The... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Drafthouse Films' Obscure Objects Of Desire: Ari Folman's THE CONGRESS

Drafthouse Films' Obscure Objects of Desire (or Drafthouse FOOD if you must) is a new regular column assessing the home cinema releases from the Austin-based distributor.Ari Folman's follow-up to his animated Oscar-nominated documentary, Waltz With Bashir, is a loose adaptation... More »
By James Marsh   
  

San Cristóbal De Las Casas 2015 Dispatch: Costa-Gavras On Charlie Hebdo, Mexico's Missing Students, And More

The San Cristóbal De Las Casas International Film Festival honored master filmmaker Costa-Gavras, who was in town for a couple of days. Gavras received the festival's highest honor, the Ámbar award, and the Cineteca Nacional medal. He also offered a one-hour... More »
  

Films That Haunt: HORSEHEAD, A Potent Mix Of Dreams And Reality

Do movies haunt your consciousness? I'm not thinking so much about straight horror flicks, per se, but movies that enter your mind and continue to percolate long after you've seen them. In particular, I've been thinking about Horsehead (aka Fievre)... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

Now On Blu-ray: CAMERA OBSCURA: THE WALERIAN BOROWCZYK COLLECTION Is A Stunner

Polish filmmaker/animator/artisan Walerian Borowczyk is one of cinema's great, under appreciated geniuses. While his work has been largely relegated to obscurity, its influence upon filmmakers like Terry Gilliam is undeniable. For many years, it has been a challenge to see much... More »
By J Hurtado   
  

The Best Masters Of Cinema Blu-ray Releases Of 2014

We are huge fans of the Masters of Cinema series here at TwitchFilm, and their commitment to bringing masterpieces of world cinema to modern audiences in sparkling new editions. At one time viewed as simply "Criterion for the UK", MoC... More »
By James Marsh   
  

NYC Happenings: First Look 2015 Offers A Thrillingly Eclectic Lineup

January at first glance may not seem to have that much to offer as far as moviegoing goes, other than mostly unpromising studio comedies and thrillers, and awards-season hopefuls if you're seeking better quality. Thankfully, there are alternatives available, especially... More »
  

Ard's Dozen Of Musings About 2014

When we discussed the "Best of 2014" lists here at Twitchfilm, the first thing I asked was: "Can I do mine in February or March, please?". I'm so hopelessly behind on 2014's theatrical releases that it isn't even funny. Yes,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Pretty Packaging: NEKROMANTIK (With A Major NSFW Warning...)

(Mind, this film employs an, ehm... VERY wide definition of "pretty".) Confession time: in the past, I never intended to even see this movie, considering it, as a friend eloquently noted, "too sick to be on my shelf". But then... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
 
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