Ghosts of the Ozarks

Ghosts of the Ozarks (2021)

Ghosts of the Ozarks has its international première at Grimmfest Easter Edition 2022 In 1866, America was a scarred country which, having just emerged from the violent divisions of Civil War, was in need of healing. As a young physician who had served the Union as a field surgeon, African-American James McCune (Thomas Hobson) might…

Screamers

Screamers (1995)

Screamers first published by Little White Lies, as entry 104 in my Cinema Psychotronicum column In 2058, the mining corporation known as the New Economic Bloc (or N.E.B.) discovered a new energy source known as Berynium on the planet Sirius 6B – but when miners learnt that its extraction also released radiation and other pollutants,…

Tramontane

Tramontane (2016)

Tramontane first published by Sight & Sound, October 2017 Review: “Send me an answer… and relieve me. Even if you wish to accuse me, don’t spare me. Send me an answer.” In the opening scene of Tramontane, a 24-year-old musician (Barakat Jabbar) sings this traditional song – whose lyrics are a plea for truth, however painful –…

Beasts of No Nation

Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Beasts of No Nation first published by Sight & Sound, December 2015 Review: [contains spoilers] We hear children chanting a childish song, and see them playing in a dusty field, their game framed through a screenless television set. “It is starting like this,” says the voice-over of young Agu (extraordinary newcomer Abraham Attah), who, with the…

Tangerines (Mandariinid) (2013)

First published by Sight & Sound, October 2015 Synopsis: Abkhazia, Georgia, 1992. Where the other ethnic Estonians have fled their small village in the face of civil war, old carpenter Ivo and tangerine grower Margus have stayed behind. Wounded in a skirmish that kills all their comrades, the Chechen mercenary Ahmed and the Georgian volunteer…