Friday’s CIFF Dispatch talks up Harlem doc The Apollo, dark fairy tale Adoration, Guatemalan drama Our Mothers, and Minhal Baig’s coming-of-age story Hala.
At CIFF, we take a look at religious drama Maternal, episodic romantic dramedy Babyteeth, German potboiler Lara, and historical queer horror Carmilla.
Today’s CIFF dispatch includes family drama The Truth, death-row issue film Clemency, Guatemalan queer drama Tremors, and the gonzo Twentieth Century.
Our first dispatch of the Chicago International Film Festival highlights Polish drama Sole, 3D dance doc Cunningham, and the experiential Fire Will Come.
Wyrm writer/director Christopher Winterbauer sits down at Fantastic Fest to talk about the analog appeal of ’80s kitsch and adapting shorts to features.
Romania’s Corneliu Pourumbiou bogs down excellent production design in droopy, exposition-heavy noir trappings.
Nadav Lapid’s latest film loads its narrative with impactful stories about masculinity, language, and nationality.
Martin Scorsese returns with another long, sumptuous opus, whose crackling performances and scintillating script are held up by some wonky de-aging tech and a leaden runtime.
Flavio Alves’ story of a trans immigrant in New York City may be rough around the edges, but it serves as important advocacy.
The director of the trans-centric drama sits down to talk about indie filmmaking, the struggles of trans POC, and more.
Bertrand Bonello writes & directs a genre defying story about teenage passion & the thin veil between life & death.
As Fantastic Fest opens, we talk to Johannes Nyholm, the director of the darkly imaginative Koko-Di Koko-Da, about grief, trauma, and the bizarre.
A punk drummer loses his hearing in Darius Marder’s intense, layered personal drama, with an intense lead performance by Ahmed.
The acclaimed filmmaker stumbles in her slick, but inaccessible portrait of the iconic civil rights figure.
Gay swim teams, trans immigrants, and a conflicted horror movie star highlight this year’s slate at Reeling, Chicago’s premier LGBTQ+ film festival.
Danish director Daniel Joseph Borgman’s coming of age drama is an uncomfortable story of abuse, mental illness, and escape.
Michael Barnett’s doc is an inspiring, eye-opening look at the complicated, often painful world of transgender high school athletes.
Despite its stellar cast, including Kaitlyn Dever and Olivia Colman, this indie cult drama slithers away from itself a bit too often.