Trial on the Road (Proverka na dorogakh, USSR 1971/1985)

The Leeds International Film Festival excelled itself with this tribute to director Aleksai German who died earlier this year aged 74. I didn’t do any research before the screening and I was completely blown away by some of the scenes as well as intrigued by the overall ideological discourse of this anti-war film set during… Read More Trial on the Road (Proverka na dorogakh, USSR 1971/1985)

Rossellini #1: An Introduction to Roberto Rossellini (1906-1977)

The British Film Institute has just released a digital restored print of Roberto Rossellini’s important film Viaggio in Italia (Italy 1953). I’m preparing an introduction to the film and I realised that there is nothing on the blog directly about Rossellini, one of the most important directors in the history of global film. I’ve dug… Read More Rossellini #1: An Introduction to Roberto Rossellini (1906-1977)

BIFF 2013 #21: European Features Competition

Last year’s inaugural European Features Competition featured six films by debutant directors. This year there were another three first-timers plus three established filmmakers. Again the six films have not achieved UK distribution and Festival Director Tom Vincent told us at the award ceremony that this was the chief aim of the prize – to highlight… Read More BIFF 2013 #21: European Features Competition