Surviving Life – Theory and Practice (Czech Republic/Slovakia/Japan 2010)

What better way to escape the madness of consumer Christmas than watching a Jan Svankmajer film? This is the potential treat for lucky filmgoers in a handful of UK cities over the next few weeks. See this distributor website for a list of cinemas showing the film. I’m usually a fan of Verve Pictures but… Read More Surviving Life – Theory and Practice (Czech Republic/Slovakia/Japan 2010)

Mitsuko Delivers (Hara Ga Kore Nande, Japan 2011)

The Leeds Film Festival Programme tells us that writer-director Ishii Yuya is a ‘Leeds favourite’. I assume that this is a reference to the young man’s (he’s still only 27/28) previous film Sawako Decides that seems to have been very successful on the international festival circuit. In fact he has produced some eight features in six… Read More Mitsuko Delivers (Hara Ga Kore Nande, Japan 2011)

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)