The film year is starting with the release of Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s subtle domestic drama Tokyo Sonata, the South Korean retelling of the Grimm fairy tale Hansel and Gretel, Frost/Nixon, adapted from Peter Morgan’s intelligent play, atmospheric Hitchcockian thriller The Broken and poetic-realist British rural drama Better Things. Not to forget Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, showing as part of the BFI Southbank’s Sam Peckinpah season.
In the DVD releases, we look at the exuberant Japanese pop melodrama Memories of Matsuko, Jim Jarmusch’s masterful take on the Western Dead Man, Marcel L’Herbier’s 1928 ambitious depiction of greed L’Argent, the controversial Vietnam vets documentary Winter Soldier and the Flaming Lips’ space oddity Christmas on Mars.
The screening of Code 46 as part of the Architecture on Film season at the Barbican was the occasion for an interview with Michael Winterbottom. We also bring you a preview of the brilliant London Short Film Festival and reports of Tallinn’s Black Nights Film Festival and Discovering Latin America 7.
The Electric Sheep Magazine team