Mustang [SFF2016]

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Jun 092016


In the breathtaking and bracing French/Turkish feminist drama Mustang the performances from co-writer and director Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s striking and fiercely resilient young female cast are inarguably tremendous, and possess extraordinary range, but, for me, it is the assertive direction that is the film’s most exciting trait. You don’t often find a female-directed début film collect accolades as diverse as the Cannes Director’s Fortnight Prize, the Best First Feature Cesar Award, and an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. You can be sure, it deserves them. This film will floor you.

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Son of Saul

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Mar 082016


Son of Saul, the sensational, technically audacious and emotionally gruelling début feature film from 38-year-old Hungarian filmmaker Laszlo Nemes, was one of the best reviewed films at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Prix. It then went on to receive near-universal acclaim and was awarded Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. A horror film above all, this courageous work depicts two days in the life of Saul Auslander (Géza Röhrig), a Jewish-Hungarian prisoner working as a member of the Sonderkommando – Jewish prisoners enlisted to assist with the disposal of gas chamber victims for meagre rations – at one of the Auschwitz concentration camp crematoriums. Continue reading »