Issue 21

Cinema this month is all about Baader-Meinhof, with the release of the controversial drama The Baader-Meinhof Complex and the screening of Andres Veiel‘s acclaimed 1993 documentary Black Box Germany at the German Film Festival on November 30.

This month also sees the release of one of the year’s best films, the astonishing Israeli animated documentary Waltz with Bashir, which is included in our round-up of the best of the 52nd London Film Festival. Also out this month is lo-fi Japanese charmer Fine, Totally Fine, the Chuck Palahniuk adaptation Choke and sharp observer of French social mores Agnès Jaoui’s Let’s Talk about the Rain.

In the DVD releases, we have the mighty Joseph Losey Collection, Johnnie To’s schizophrenia thriller Mad Detective, and Hitchockian suspense story The Clouded Yellow. And we review Starfish Hotel, a captivating East meets West dark fairy tale, and interview its Welsh-born, Tokyo-based director John Williams.

At this year’s Raindance film festival we were able to interview Peter Greenaway, who told us about his multi-media project around Rembrandt’s The Nightwatch. Elsewhere we have a feature on Dolly Mixture, who were the subject of a film shown at the Barbican’s Pop Mavericks season. And we report from the Colombiage festival, which makes us very much look forward to the Discovering Latin America film festival, opening on November 27.

In the Short Cuts we review the Future Shorts DVD. And in the Film Jukebox, indie popsters with an edge Shrag tell us about their favourite films.

The Electric Sheep Magazine team