Romantics Anonymous


A first date can certainly bring butterflies and clammy hands to even the most confident of people, but if you suffer from severe shyness this can be a truly terrifying situation. Maria Sell reviews ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS

The Silver Cliff (O Abismo Prateado)


THE SILVER CLIFF was inspired by a song by Brazilian musician Chico Buarque, called Eye to Eye, about the impossibility of love and forgiveness. Having already won many admirers with MADAM SATA, SUELY IN THE SKY and I TRAVEL BECAUSE I HAVE TO, I COME BACK BECAUSE I LOVE YOU. Director Karim Ainouz here takes us on the lyrical and poetic journey of Violeta, who retrieves a voicemail during her work at a dentail clinic, in which her husband informs her he won’t be returning. Graham Hughes reviews.

Sweet Smell of Success


Continuing with the HOLD THE FRONT PAGE series of films, the Cambridge Film Festival brings us SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. A cautionary tale, we follow the Machiavellian machinations of one Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis), a press agent with a problem. He needs pieces for his clients in the widely syndicated column of J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster), but he’s been shut out.

Rembrandt Fecit 1669


Jos Stelling’s third film examines the painting of Rembrandt as he moves to Amsterdam in the latter part of his life. An extended study in light and composition, the film pursues Rembrandt’s – and Stelling’s – search for ideal representation of the world.

Street Kids United


Introducing us to Durban in the same year as South Africa played host to the World Cup, this documentary records an event that was just as paramount to those involved – the Street Child World Cup. Review by Naomi Barnwell.

Stuff and Dough (Marfa Si Banii)


Opportunity and opportunism form the central themes in Christi Puiu’s tense, simple Romanian road movie. Ovidiu (Alexandra Papadopol) plays the young man who undergoes the transformative odyssey, delivering some “medical supplies” for a local gangster in his home town, to an address in Bucharest.



The beauty of documentary is that no matter how brilliant an author or how talented a screenwriter, there really is no competing with real life. In the case of Joyce McKinney, no author in the world could even begin to dream such a surreal tale.

The Illusionist


Part of the 31st Cambridge Film Festival’s retrospective on the Dutch film director Jos Stelling, THE ILLUSIONIST (1984) sets the spectator straight away into an oneiric world in pure Fellinian vein.

The Last Projectionist


In 1909, the Electric Cinema in Birmingham opened, and through the decades, wars, eras and films, took on different titles and roles within the film exhibition world, finally now remaining the longest running cinema in the UK. Tom Lawes’ THE LAST PROJECTIONIST is in essence the story of this cinema.

The Oak (Balanţa)


Romanian master Lucian Pintilie constructs a “Theatre of the Absurd” darker and more acerbic than any from Eugene Ionesco’s imagination.

The Show Must Go On


Set in an unspecified near future, Croatian director Nevio Marasovic’s THE SHOW MUST GO ON begins with a daunting play on the familiarity of a certain reality television show; a handful of contestants stuck in an enclosed space where their every move is exposed to both a variety of cameras and projected to thousands of baying voyeurs.



The Dutch entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards (though it didn’t make the final shortlist), TIRZA stars Gijs Scholten van Aschat as Jörgen Hofmeester, a weary, bemused man who is deemed superfluous both at work and at home, not least by his demanding ex-wife.

Under Control (Unter Kontrolle)


Attempting a somewhat strict dogmatic stance to the state, or lack there of, of nuclear power stations and their rigorous maintenance, Volker Sattel’s second documentary is a serene, sterile and stimulating assessment of such a hotly debated subject in modern society.

The City Below (Unter Dir Die Stadt)


Jim Ross reviews Christoph Hochhäusler’s THE CITY BELOW (UNTER DIR DIE STADT), an interesting film with some fine acting performances that falls slightly short due to its muddled approach to a serious but confused script.



Claire Henry reviews David Fincher’s ZODIAC (2007) which expands and extends on the 2005 feature about the Zodiac serial killer, THE ZODIAC.