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FrightFest 2015 Dispatch: SUMMER CAMP, BANJO, GODDESS OF LOVE, And More

As FrightFest 2015 winds down today with a final burst of films, here's a final dispatch of movies seen and nightmares endured.... More »
By Anton Bitel   
  

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch: FRANKENSTEIN, ROAD GAMES, SCHERZO DIABOLICO, And More

Four days in, and FrightFest has entered that bleary-eyed state of exhaustion where everything, on or off screen, seems hallucinatory, and conversations outside the cinema take on a rambling, incoherent trajectory. Everyone is starting to assume the muttered drawl and... More »
By Anton Bitel   
  

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch: BAIT, SOME KIND OF HATE, CONTRACTED: PHASE II And More

Film4 FrightFest has finally achieved the greatest accolade that can ever be conferred on a genre festival: it was picketed by politely determined Christian fundamentalists, concerned for the souls of all who entered the VUE, Leicester Square.. Here are some... More »
By Anton Bitel   
  

FrightFest 2015 Dispatch: CHERRY TREE, THE UNFOLDING, NEVER LET GO, And More

So here we go again. FrightFest 2015 will present 76 features (and sundry shorts and special events) spread over six screens in four and a half days. It's the very best - and some of the worst - that (mostly... More »
By Anton Bitel   
  

Pretty Packaging: 101 Anime's ELFEN LIED Sure Is One Shiny Steelbook

In the struggling market of DVD and Blu-ray distribution, it's always a surprise when you suddenly see a known property appear, released by an unknown company. UK distributor 101 Film has been around for a (little) while, but 101 Anime?... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Karlovy Vary Wrap-Up: Celebrating Half A Century Of The Czech Fest

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival successfully wrapped last week in the Czech spa town, celebrating its 50th anniversary: a true milestone amongst film festivals.In total the 50th edition of the festival screened 226 films for 135,105 viewers.The grand... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Focus On Finland: Nordic Genre Industry Days Spotlights Upcoming European Genre Films

Later this week, Jalmari Helander's Big Game will open in select U.S. theaters, representing the first notable Finnish genre production (or co-production) to hit the States since the director's Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale a few years ago. But Helander... More »
By Peter Martin   
  

GERNIKA: Behind The Scenes Of The Spanish Civil War Drama

Director Koldo Serra greets me with a plate of cookies. This is the first indication that the set of Gernika is not perhaps typical of the usual Spanish Civil War dramas. But this isn't surprising; Serra's first feature film The Backwoods... More »
  

L'Immagine Ritrovata Asia Opens For Business In Hong Kong

Fans of classic cinema may be familiar with L'Immagine Ritrovata, one of the world's leading film restoration and preservation laboratories, based in Bologna, Italy. Well, yesterday saw the organisation spread its wings further afield, as L'Immagine Ritrovata Asia opened for business right... More »
By James Marsh   
  

Mechanical Ghosts On The Run: Peter Tscherkassky Retrospective On Doc Alliance

For two weeks Doc Alliance,an European online streaming platform for documentaries has been presenting many digital copies of Austrian avant-garde filmmaker Peter Tscherkassky's films for free. Tscherkassky, whose latest The Exquisite Corpus premiered a few days ago in Cannes,... More »
  

Panorama Europe 2015 Offers Some Of The Best Recent European Films

Panorama Europe 2015, the seventh edition of the festival (formerly known as Disappearing Act) which brings some to the best recent examples of contemporary European filmmaking to New York, screens from May 29 through June 14 at the Museum of... More »
  

Pretty Packaging: GERMAN ANGST Has A German Uncut Blu-ray/DVD Release

(Not as offending as you might think...) Horror anthologies are doing fine these days, and sometimes allow filmmakers to keep flexing their muscles even when it's hard to get a full feature off the ground. A good example of this... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Cannes 2015 Preview: Get To Know Your Palme d'Or Contenders

It's that time of year again, boys and girls. The 2015 Cannes Film Festival begins next week and you can rest easy knowing TwitchFilm has got you covered from beginning to end.   Our coverage (and you can expect a lot... More »
By Ben Croll   
  

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   
  
 
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