• The Other Side of Hope / Toivon tuolla puolen

    The latest outing by Finnish master filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki is a melancholy yet hopeful meditation on the plight of refugees in Helsinki – and by extension, the world. Kaurismäki’s effortless mix of deadpan black comedy, faux hipness and humanism have made him a perpetual favourite in international critics’ circles, and all these ingredients are on

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  • Small Town Killers / Dræberne fra Nibe

    It’s such a shame that Small Town Killers has been so unanimously hated among Danish critics. Described as ‘simply not funny’ and ‘something of a mess’, the film has had very little success since it premiered in Denmark back in January. For a film with a talented cast (Nicolas Bro, Søren Malling and Ulrich Thomsen), as

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  • The Ex-Wife / Exfrun

    Comprised of three narratives linked together by a common theme, The Ex-Wife is an artistically styled insight into relationships, spread out between three characters: there’s The Girlfriend, who is smitten with her boyfriend, The Wife, who is tired of her husband’s childish ways, and The Ex-Wife, who is framed as the result of the previous two’s

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  • Little Wing / Tyttö nimeltä Varpu

    There’s that song by Arcade Fire, In the Backseat, the last song on their epoch-defining Funeral. It’s about going from the backseat to the front seat, about gaining responsibility as one gets older. At the end, Régine Chassagne sings: I’ve been learning to drive / My whole life. Well, some learn to drive faster than

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  • Handle With Care / Hjertestart

    What do you do when you feel nothing for your adopted son? That’s the question Handle With Care dares to ask, and the answers it provides will question not only your own parental decisions but that of the main character, Kjetil (Kristoffer Joner). It doesn’t set out to create a comforting, emotionally rewarding journey between

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  • GÖTEBORG 2017: Heartstone

    It’s been a while since the festival world has seen an Icelandic film that takes place in Reykjavik. The latest wave of great films from the small nation all seems to take place in the valleys, the fjords, the mountainsides. Most of them are named after rock or animal: Of Horses and Men, Rams, Volcano,

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  • Göteborg 2017: Tom of Finland

    Tom of Finland spent much of his life hiding who he truly was; only recognised and admired by those in the gay community. While there have been books written, plays performed and a couple documentaries and films made about the life of Touko Laaksonen, it is thanks to Dome Karukoski’s Tom of Finland that this leading figure

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