world cinema

'They're behaving as capitalists': the film inspired by Iceland's farming stranglehold

'They're behaving as capitalists': the film inspired by Iceland's farming stranglehold

His wry parable Rams won acclaim at Cannes, but for his new film The County, Grímur Hákonarson delves into a shady world of farming co-operatives‘The majority of people there support the co-operative,
Michel Piccoli, renowned French acting veteran, dies aged 94

Michel Piccoli, renowned French acting veteran, dies aged 94

Actor best known for his collaborations with Luis Bunuel and other major directors was a stalwart of French art cinema•Peter Bradshaw on Michel Piccoli: a fierce, strong performer who became the
Sleazy bosses, exploited barmaids: US cinema finally discovers the left behinds

Sleazy bosses, exploited barmaids: US cinema finally discovers the left behinds

From The Assistant to Support the Girls, American cinema is swapping feelgood escapism for gritty unsettling realism. We talk to the women spearheading this new wave ‘I wanted it to be relatable to
Haifaa Al-Mansour: 'Female leaders are crushed. Look at Hillary Clinton'

Haifaa Al-Mansour: 'Female leaders are crushed. Look at Hillary Clinton'

The Saudi Arabian director directed her first film, Wadjda, hiding in the back of a van on the streets of Riyadh. Now her latest, The Perfect Candidate, is opening doors in HollywoodHaifaa
Korean cinema's global reach highlighted by Parasite's Oscar win

Korean cinema's global reach highlighted by Parasite's Oscar win

Fans emphasise rich diversity of film-making, which has been thrilling audiences for yearsThe Oscar success of Parasite, which became the first foreign-language film to win best picture, might have
Weathering With You review – thrillingly beautiful anime romance

Weathering With You review – thrillingly beautiful anime romance

A runaway teenager falls for a mysterious ‘sun girl’ who has the power to stop the rain in Japan’s highest-grossing film of 2019Makoto Shinkai, the Japanese anime director dubbed “the new Miyazaki”
War epics, airmen and young Sopranos: essential films for 2020

War epics, airmen and young Sopranos: essential films for 2020

Daniel Craig bows out as Bond, the original Ghostbusters make a slimy return and Dickens gets a razor-sharp reboot – our preview of movie highlights this yearAn epic of Lean-ian proportions is
The Cave review – horror and hope in a Syrian hospital battered by war

The Cave review – horror and hope in a Syrian hospital battered by war

This powerful, immensely moving documentary follows the courageous medical staff who must treat injured children as bombs fall around themFeras Fayyad, the young Syrian documentary-maker who filmed
And the 2019 Braddies go to … Peter Bradshaw's film picks of the year

And the 2019 Braddies go to … Peter Bradshaw's film picks of the year

Ahead of the launch on Tuesday of the Guardian’s films of the year countdown, our critic selects his personal choice of the movies, directors and performances of 2019• The Braddies are listed in
Atlantics review – poetic Dakar love story

Atlantics review – poetic Dakar love story

A prosaic script lets down Mati Diop’s visually arresting, ghostly first featureAlthough set in suburban Dakar, this beguiling debut feature from Mati Diop is a film that walks between worlds. The
La Flor review – 13 thrilling hours of lovers, spies and scorpions

La Flor review – 13 thrilling hours of lovers, spies and scorpions

Six stories featuring the same four actors unfold in inventive and exasperating style in an arthouse ultramarathonSix or so hours into Mariano Llinás’s 13-hours-plus arthouse ultramarathon, the third
Sprinter review – speedy sporting drama runs out of puff

Sprinter review – speedy sporting drama runs out of puff

A Jamaican athlete’s career is jeopardised by problems off the track in this heartwarming tale of ambition and family tiesHere’s a heartfelt sports drama from Jamaica made in the traditional style,
Moffie review – soldiers on the frontline of homophobia

Moffie review – soldiers on the frontline of homophobia

Hidden passions add to the brutish hell of apartheid-era South African conscripts in Oliver Hermanus’s skilfully tense dramaMoffie, screening in the Orizzonti sidebar at Venice, is a tense, stealthy
Spinning conspiracy theories won’t help us prevent another Chernobyl | Serhii Plokhy

Spinning conspiracy theories won’t help us prevent another Chernobyl | Serhii Plokhy

Despite the TV show and the author’s landmark book, the truth about Chernobyl is still contestedDid it really happen? Was it really so bad? Is it true that they were so unprepared? These are the
Gaza review – heartfelt chronicle of life under political siege

Gaza review – heartfelt chronicle of life under political siege

This sombre, angry documentary captures a sense of ordinary life in the strip bordered by Egypt, Israel and the seaGarry Keane and Andrew McConnell’s heartfelt film about the unending misery of Gaza –
Hard Paint review – sex, lies and webcams in Brazil's underworld

Hard Paint review – sex, lies and webcams in Brazil's underworld

A lonely man young facing jail time strikes up an unlikely connection in this absorbing but exasperating urban dramaAn oppressive sort of claustrophobic loneliness is what you’re left with at the end
Die Tomorrow review – dates with death ripped from the headlines

Die Tomorrow review – dates with death ripped from the headlines

This ruminative collection of vignettes steeped in everyday reality was inspired by newspaper accounts of bizarre tragediesNot a Bond film. In Damien Hirst’s celebrated creation, The Physical
Balloon review – airborne escape caper crash lands

Balloon review – airborne escape caper crash lands

Michael Herbig’s overwrought drama sucks the thrills out of this story of two families fleeing communist East GermanyYou could probably choose a less conspicuous method of defecting than floating
Japanese cinema ticket prices go up for first time in 26 years

Japanese cinema ticket prices go up for first time in 26 years

Major multiplex chains raise standard price to help pay for technology upgrades and building work, though not all follow suitThe price of a standard ticket in Japanese cinemas is going up for the
In Safe Hands review – lives collide in intelligent adoption drama

In Safe Hands review – lives collide in intelligent adoption drama

In a welcome but heavy-handed tale, a fortysomething woman embarks on a momentous quest to bring a child into her homeWhile British film-makers such as Ken Loach approach issues rooted in a personal