Review: Singing on the Rooftops

Written and directed by Enric Ribes, co-written by Isa Campo, Xènia Puiggrós and Marta Vivet, a tribute to an artist, considered the last drag queen in the final days of Barcelona’s ‘Barrio Chino’ red light district Gilda Love, who continues to take to the stage every night at the age of ninety.

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Review: Beba

Written and directed by Rebeca Huntt, reflecting on her childhood and adolescence in New York City as the daughter of a Dominican father and Venezuelan mother, Huntt investigates the historical, societal, and generational trauma she’s inherited and ponders how those ancient wounds have shaped her, while simultaneously considering the universal truths that connect us all as humans. Huntt searches for a way to forge her own creative path amid a landscape of intense racial and political unrest.

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Review: Infinity According to Florian

Written and directed by Oleksiy Radynski, Florian Yuriev was a painter who developed a whole theory of color and musicality. He was an architect whose most famous creation was also used as a movie hall, and was designed to host what he called Light Theatre performances. As a true man of the 20th century, he did, of course, shoot films – yet without ever feeling the need to finish them.

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Review: Ithaka

Written and directed by Ben Lawrence, Julian Assange remains a remand prisoner at U.K.’s maximum security Belmarsh Prison as he appeals an extradition order to the U.S. where he could face 175 years in prison for his role in the release of classified U.S. diplomatic files.

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Review: No Place for You in Our Town

Written and directed by Nikolay Stefanov, co-written by Ralitsa Golemanova and Mariana Sabeva, follows hardcore skinhead and single father Tsetso and his gang, who are violently devoted to the success of their local third division football team. For these residents of Pernik, a slowly decaying ex-mining centre, the team has become a source of identity and a site of aggressively toxic masculinity.

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Review: Beauty of the Beast

Directed by Anna Nemes, four women, Csonka, Yvette, Eszter and Noemi are middle-aged women who transform themselves into a sculpted mass of muscle. Their physique is both a temple and a tool – outer and inner strength manifested as one. This film looks at these women’s lives out of the spotlight and beyond the gym, exploring the reasons that made them choose this singular and often punishing lifestyle.

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Review: Fragile Memory

Written and directed by Igor Ivanko, co-written by Mariia Ponomarova, a young filmmaker Ihor finds a hidden and unpublished photo archive of his grandfather Leonid Burlaka, a famous Soviet cinematographer. Discovering a man that he never knew well enough through the damaged pictures, he gets closer to his grandpa suffering with dementia, facing the tension between memory and forgetting.

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Review: My Name is Andrea

Written and directed by Pratibha Parmar, exploring key moments from the life of feminist outlaw, maverick thinker and intellectual genius of the 20th Century, Andrea Dworkin. Unapologetic, loud and indifferently dressed the film reveals the enduring influence of America’s most controversial feminist thinker. Starring: Amandla Stenberg, Soko, Andrea Riseborough, Ashley Judd and Christine Lahti.

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Review: Garçonnières (Man Caves)

Directed by Céline Pernet, following a lengthy period on dating websites and meeting a variety of men, Pernet decides to embark on a deeper investigation into what men feel and think. Through an advert, she whittles her subjects down to 30 men, whose ages span 15 years, and who are willing to talk frankly and openly about all aspects of their lives.

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Review: A Bunch of Amateurs

Written and directed by Kim Hopkins, formed in 1932, Bradford Movie Makers is one of the oldest amateur filmmaking clubs in the world. But continuing in this day and age is no easy task. To ensure its survival, the group has decided to embark on its most ambitious project: to remake a beloved musical. Desperately clinging to their dreams – and each other – and fuelled by endless cups of tea, this group speaks to the escapist dreamer in us all.

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