10 great films shot by Michael Ballhaus

Cinematographer Michael Ballhaus died on April 11, 2017, at the age of 81. A revered innovator of his craft, Ballhaus worked on countless great movies, many of which resulted out of long lasting collaborations with two directors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Martin Scorsese. We pay tribute to his legacy with a list of ten of…

All film criticism should be cognitive

The vast majority of the film criticism of the 21st century is amateurish and deeply focused on story and aesthetics. This can be seen as neither a step up or a step down from the Grand Theory, especially of the period from the 60’s to the 90’s, when a large number of theorists readily borrowed…

10 films you must see if you liked “La La Land”

La La Land by Damien Chazelle was certainly one of the most beloved and successful films of this past cinematic seasons. Having won a number of Academy Awards, this song-and-dance journey through the life-changing romance between an idealistic jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and a hopeful young actress against captured the hearts of an international audience.…

Il Cinema Ritrovato: first news from the 2017 edition

Il Cinema Ritrovato, the annual festival organized by the Cineteca di Bologna and dedicated to the rediscovery of rare and little-known films from all over the world, will take place in Bologna, Italy from June 24 to July 2. The festival will feature a selection of 400 films, closing officially with a screening an open…

EFP’s Westwind to showcase of European cinema in Russia

European Film Promotion (EFP) is organizing Westwind, a showcase of European cinema which will take place in St. Petersburg in Russia on April 19-23. The spotlight will feature European Oscar submissions for Best Foreign Language Film. Westwind aims to continue and intensify European cultural exchange with Russian audiences. The program of the five-day event features:…