Lucile Hadžihalilović

Imagery of Education in Lucile Hadžihalilović (2022)

Rites of Passage, Fluidity and Metamorphoses: The Imagery of Education in Lucile Hadžihalilović’s Innocence, Evolution and Earwig first published by Senses of Cinema, Issue 102, August 2022 Coming of age is often conceptualised in religious terms as a rite of passage and an initiation into adulthood – and so Lucile Hadžihalilović’s films figure themselves as ritualised mysteries, with children at…

Mosquito State

Mosquito State (2020)

Mosquito State first published by The title sequence with which Filip Jan Rymsza’s Mosquito State opens is set on a microscopic scale. Extreme close-ups show an island of mosquito eggs floating on water, the larvae within developing into pupae, and then emerging as an adult imago. It is a metamorphic cycle, with each of…


Woman of the Photographs (2020)

As its very title suggests, writer/director Takeshi Kushida’s Woman of the Photographs is a film concerned with images. Shy, taciturn Kai (Hideki Nagai) is a one-time award-winning photographer who works and lives in an old, rather run-down studio shop where he takes people’s ID photos and retouches their images digitally to remove any unflattering features….


Phenomena (aka Creepers) (1985)

Phenomena (Creepers) first published by Little White Lies They have been allowed to rampage destructively through New York (King Kong, Planet of the Apes) and Los Angeles (Mighty Joe Young). One has buddied up with a truck-driving Clint Eastwood (Every Which Way But Loose), another has romanced Charlotte Rampling (Max Mon Amour), yet another has got…


The Duke Of Burgundy (2014)

Review first published by FilmLand Empire His first feature, Katalin Varga (2009), is a rape/revenge story shot in Transylvania with exclusively Hungarian dialogue. His second feature, the metacinematic mystery Berberian Sound Studio (2012), is set in Seventies Italy and uses the grammar and tropes of giallo to explore the misogynies in and around an unseen…

Woman of the Dunes

Woman of the Dunes (Suna no onna) (1964)

Woman of the Dunes first published by EyeforFilm Hiroshi Teshigahara’s Woman of the Dunes (Suna no onna) opens with the image of a strange crystal shape whose uneven enormity fills the entire screen, challenging viewers to identify what it is. The next, equally baffling shot, taken from further back, is of a pyramid-like pile of these alien rocks,…