Strong hostage drama from reality

DANISH IS-CATCH: The feature film about Danish Daniel Rye captured by IS in Syria shows that Scandinavian film does not have to be toothless entertainment to hit wide.
Bait Director Mark Jenkin UK

The limits of the genuine

TOURISM AND AUTHENTICITY: The distinctive feature film Bait describes the conflict between local fishermen and holidaymakers in Cornwall and is a social realist drama portrayed in a strikingly small social realist way.
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To escape the ultra-Orthodox lifestyle

Thoughtful story of a young girl leaving a Hasidic society for a better life outside.
DEVS amaya office

The omniscient but predetermined man

FREE WILL: Masterfully, the miniseries ask Dev's big questions about a deterministic worldview versus free will, and the almost unlimited power of modern "tech" companies.
The Plot Against America TV SERIES Series Creators David Simon and Ed Burns

Ground Fascism

ANTI-SEMITISM: Although depicting an alternate history of the United States during World War II, The Plot Against America paints a frighteningly realistic picture of how fascist ideology can unfold in practice.
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Arms exports: A shameful political theater

WAR INDUSTRY:When the oil age is over, we can survive war - if we turn right. Drama series Made in Norway raises ethical issues for the Norwegian arms industry.

Saudi women's struggle mediated with soap aesthetics

CLOSED SOCIETY: The fight for equality and justice in a gender-divided everyday life is the theme of al-Mansour's fourth feature film Maryam, an "adult version" of the first movie Wadjda.
Messiah Series Creator Michael Petroni USA

Jesus from Instagram

RELIGION: The Netflix series Messiah asks the fascinating question of how Jesus - or someone who appears to be him - would be received today.

Dancing without freedom

NORWEGIAN GAME FILM: Jorunn Myklebust Syversen's second feature film is a strong and disturbing portrayal of social control in Norwegian Pentecostal communities.

The tragic mafia

VENICE: Mafia and corruption were the themes of several films at the Venice Film Festival in September. But why are so many attracted to power, since it so easily corrupts over time?
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The dream factory and reality

MOVIE ABOUT MOVIE: Quentin Tarantino's new movie is a grand and captivating tribute to Hollywood, against a not-so-escapist backdrop of hippie time, the Vietnam War and the Manson family's misdeeds.
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When the victims' defense goes wrong

#METOO: Fate-pregnant family relationships and abuse of power can be a success formula for film. The Queen offers a nuanced female abuser.

The Chernobyl disaster - a Soviet science fiction?

Nuclear disaster: As a major docu-fiction, the Chernobyl miniseries is now on HBO. The series reveals that the Soviet authorities were on a misunderstood line of reassurance. But the same thing happened in Norway.
Manila Lover

Slive kick about power play in intimate relationships

WORLD PREMIERE: For the first time in 16 years, a Norwegian short film has been selected for the critique week in Cannes.

Realists Stanley Kubrick

He is a filmmaker who has meant a lot to many of us. In a world that is globalized and militarized, Kubrick is still relevant.

Are you a human being?

The way we see - and do not see - the outside world is largely determined by the culture and society in which we grow up and are shaped. But is it possible to reveal our own blind spots in our day? asks author Hanne Ramsdal.

One in a million

In The Poetess, we get to follow the only female participant in the most popular talent show in the Middle East, who through her poetry exhibits an extraordinary courage against gender segregation.

A jihadist family portrait

Talal Derki's new documentary provides a rare insight into how the sons of al-Nusra warriors in Syria's Idlib province are being raised to become the next generation of jihadists.

They are careless

Poppe's feature film paves the way for care and a new focus on the survivors of the Utøya tragedy.

Short Film Festival Celebrates 40 Anniversary

The short film festival in Clermont-Ferrand is the world's largest of its kind, and celebrated its 40 anniversary in February. Through 8 packed days, over 500 films were shown on 12 different arenas.

Unintentional effects of violence

The shadow of violence can extend far and wide, and these two films show the indirect damage that continues long after the direct violence has ceased.

Clear satire in the route

Ruben Östlund's new film is very precise and direct in its socially critical questions, but has no answers itself.

The chewing ice cream I like is back in fashion

David Lynch is at the height of his career in the recent issue of the television series Twin Peaks. 

Goodbye, dream castle

A cultural opponent is dead.

Science fiction anthology with a view to the abyss

The Netflix anthology Black Mirror delves deep into the human abyss. How far will technological developments go?