Films From the South #15: Virgin Goat (Ladli Laila, India 2009)

There were several new Indian films in the festival, but most were on at times that were inconvenient for me. Virgin Goat turned out to be quite distinctive. Essentially a form of ‘parallel film’ it isn’t what one might expect from that label, nor from its other institutional classification as a ‘festival film’ (with funding… Read More Films From the South #15: Virgin Goat (Ladli Laila, India 2009)

Films From the South #14: The Bengali Detective (UK/India/US 2011)

Part of the ‘Doc South’ strand of the festival, The Bengali Detective was perhaps the most enjoyable film that I watched during my festival visit, perhaps because it is set in Kolkata, a fascinating city that I visited in 2009. At its centre is the head of a ‘Detective Agency’, Rajesh Ji. British director Philip… Read More Films From the South #14: The Bengali Detective (UK/India/US 2011)

Films From the South #11: Carancho (Argentine/Chile/France/S. Korea 2010)

Carancho is directed and part-written by Pablo Trapero whose 2002 film El bonaerense achieved a wide international release. It’s a mainstream crime thriller of the kind that Argentinian Cinema does very well and it stars the most recognisable Argentinian actor for international audiences, Ricardo Darin. In Spanish, ‘carancho’ refers to various birds of prey and… Read More Films From the South #11: Carancho (Argentine/Chile/France/S. Korea 2010)