Review: Système K

Focusing on a movement of Congolese street artists in the slums of Kinshasa that ‘feed on chaos’, Systeme K is provocative filmmaking purely due to the inspiring group of people it follows. ‘This entire city is sick’, decries Freddy, a sculptor and visual artist who builds nightmarish pieces out of rusting bullet casings and machetes…

Review: We Are Little Zombies

‘Reality’s too stupid to cry over’ Hakira proclaims at the cremation of his parents. The teenage main character of We Are Little Zombies could easily pass for the lead in a Wes Anderson film – wise beyond his years, with a wry quip for every occasion. That is, if Wes Anderson had spent his childhood…

Feature: Bait Has Berlinale Hooked

Bait may well be one of the most unique films to come out of Britain in recent years. Ian Mantgani hit the nail on the head when he commented that the film feels like it’s been ‘belched up by the angry sea’ in his Sight and Sound review – a shear force of nature that…

Review: God Exists, Her Name is Petrunija

One simple, spontaneous act of rebellion sends a small Macedonian town into an ethical meltdown in Teona Strugar Mitevska’s lowkey comic drama God Exists, Her Name is Petrunija. Tradition is disrupted when layabout history enthusiast Petrunija comes away from a failed job interview and decides to take the plunge into the town’s river. A regional…

Review: Goldie

Goldie’s dream is to be a dancer in a hip hop video. And nothing, even being thrown onto the streets and made homeless, will get in the way of her achieving that dream. Engagement with this drama set in the poverty-stricken South Bronx will heavily depend on how you feel about social media stardom and…

Review: Monos

Far from the reaches of civilisation, the impressively resourceful Monos concerns itself with the unsettling, and sadly all-too-true reality of adolescent soldiers in Columbia. The audience are airlifted and dropped onto a serene mountain-top, a brutal playground where a group of teenage soldiers play nihilistic games and casually treat weapons as toys – their base…