Review – ELLE (Paul Verhoeven, 2016, France / Germany / Belgium)

Paul Verhoeven’s Elle begins mid-rape; the rape of its protagonist Michèle (Isabelle Huppert) by a man wearing a ski-mask, as a cat looks on, apparently unmoved. Once finished, the man flees and Michèle, with a puffy face and blood coming out of her vagina, picks herself up, cleans herself off, orders take out and carries…

26th Gotham Independent Film Awards winners

The winners of the 26th Gotham Independent Awards were announced last night during a ceremony which took place at Cipriani Hall Street in New York City, New York. The awards initially started as a way of honoring independent films from the Northwestern Region of the United States. From 2004 onwards, it broadened their scope to…