BIFF 2013 #23: The Reluctant Fundamentalist (US/UK/Qatar 2012)

You have to admire the chutzpah of BIFF programmers Tom Vincent and Neil Young in starting their festival with Michael Winterbottom and finishing it with Mira Nair. They are two of my favourite directors but both are almost guaranteed to cause controversy or to produce films that critics write about negatively (which is important for… Read More BIFF 2013 #23: The Reluctant Fundamentalist (US/UK/Qatar 2012)

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