Review: Vitalina Varela

Director: Pedro Costa Stars: Vitalina Varela, Ventura, Manuel Tavares Almeida A new Pedro Costa film invites excitement and intimidation in those fond of world cinema and the art-house. His work can appear impenetrable, linked as it so often is with a very particular and specific cultural identity; that of Portugal's black community and its storied … Continue reading Review: Vitalina Varela

Review: Arabian Nights Vol. 3 – The Enchanted One

I sit here dumbfounded, perplexed, baffled and almost impressed. Miguel Gomes' Arabian Nights trilogy comes to a close in a manner I could not possibly have anticipated. In a way it's genius. In a more pressing way it's also probably the worst cinematic experience I've ever had. I can't decide if I want to praise Gomes or put … Continue reading Review: Arabian Nights Vol. 3 – The Enchanted One

Review: Arabian Nights Vol. 2 – The Desolate One

It's my birthday. In a move that felt more like penance than a treat, I elected to spend a portion of the day alone, returning to Miguel Gomes' beguiling and confounding trilogy which had something of an inauspicious start last week. My local independent cinema is showing an instalment every Tuesday. Having made it a … Continue reading Review: Arabian Nights Vol. 2 – The Desolate One

Review: Arabian Nights Vol. 1 – The Restless One

I'm fairly new to the cinema of Miguel Gomes; my awareness and interest in him piqued by his 2012 film Tabu, a collision of styles with a two-fold narrative that I found charming in a Wes Anderson fashion - well, the fanciful extended flashback fairy tale of its second half - but overall somewhat listless. A film I … Continue reading Review: Arabian Nights Vol. 1 – The Restless One