November 2010

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#Carlos: five hours of the Jackal

An epic biopic of legendary terrorist Carlos marks a change of pace for Olivier Assayas. By David Thompson

#English pastoral: Robinson in Ruins

‘Robinson in Ruins’ marks the return of director Patrick Keiller – and a new green sensibility in his work. By Mark Fisher

#Lost and found: O Bobo

Director Eugène Green sings the praises of Portugal’s José Alvaro Morais and his 1987 masterpiece O Bobo

Cover feature: London Film Festival: British Invention

If this month’s London Film Festival is anything to go by, UK cinema is currently at a peak of creativity and diversity:

Richard Ayoade’s Submarine is just one of a string of striking feature debuts showcased at the festival, says Tom Charity

Nick James tries to fathom the secret of Mike Leigh’s “so-called process” in conversation with the director and one of his most regular performers, Lesley Manville

Nick James talks to Clio Barnard about The Arbor, her complex excursion into the world of the late playwright Andrea Dunbar

Lucy Reynolds on Self Made, the feature debut of Turner Prize-winning artist Gillian Wearing

Jonathan Romney on Archipelago, Joanna Hogg’s Scilly-set follow-up to Unrelated

Sight & Sound’s pick of the must-see films at this year’s festival.
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Bryony Dixon on the restoration of The Great White Silence

The Social Network: only connect

In his latest film David Fincher depicts the founding of Facebook as a tale of distrust, loneliness and betrayal that defines our age, says Kent Jones

Venice Film Festival: Over the rainbow

Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere may not be the most deserving Golden Lion winner ever, but love triangles, revisionist histories, Far Eastern swordplay and meditations on cinema helped make this year’s Venice Film Festival the most vibrant Nick James can remember

PLUS Guido Bonsaver gauges the health of the Italian film industry from the selection of local product on show at Venice this year

PLUS Jonathan Romney on a strand of films that raised questions about the nature of movie acting

Make Way for Tomorrow: killing with kindness

Leo McCarey is best remembered for his comic work with Laurel & Hardy, the Marx Brothers and Cary Grant. But his tragic 1937 family drama influenced Tokyo Story. By Nick Bradshaw

Selected reviews

#Film of the month: The Kids Are All Right

Lisa Cholodenko’s ‘The Kids Are All Right’ puts the complications of the ‘alternative family’ under the microscope with a rare mixture of wit, intelligence, laidback naturalism and sexual frankness, says Sophie Mayer

#DVD: Andrzej Zulawski's Possession

Michael Brooke on one of the most viscerally vivid portraits of a disintegrating relationship ever committed to film

#Film review: Mary and Max

Oscar-winner Adam Elliot’s latest mordant claymation comedy considers correspondence and its lack through a sad story of a 1970s pen-friendship. Mark Fisher harks back to an age before the internet

#Film review: Over Your Cities Grass Will Grow

Is this a film about art, or about film as art? That’s the question asked by Sophie Fiennes’ ravishing, hypnotic record of the work of Anselm Kiefer.

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Last Updated: 20 Dec 2011