Locarno etc.

Listen Up Philip

2017-05-19T14:29:30+00:00

“The poster quote tells us to “Think Woody Allen meets Wes Anderson” but it’s the dyspeptic spirit of early Noah Baumbach that hangs most heavily over this sardonic 70s-inflected comedy. Jason Schwartzman is narcissistic writer Philip Lewis Friedman, variously described by his acquaintances as “a baby and an asshole” and “selfish and unsentimental” – the [...]

Paradise

2017-05-19T14:29:32+00:00

“A humdrum but quietly affecting character study chronicling everyday sexism in today's Iran, “Paradise” introduces a promising new writer-director from the country in Sina Ataeian Dena. World-premiering in competition at Locarno, this implicitly feminist study of a disaffected 25-year-old schoolteacher has picked up the Ecumenical Prize and was runner-up for the Best First Feature award. [...]