Sting

Sting (2024)

You wait years for a spider movie, and several scuttle along. Recently we have seen spiders attack the (apartment) block in Sébastien Vanicek’s Infested (Vermines, 2023) and an outsized arachnid on a spaceship in Johan Renck’s Spaceman (2024) – and now Kiah Roache-Turner’s Sting combines the two, as an asteroid-borne Alien egg shoots through a…

Tiger Stripes

Tiger Stripes (2023)

Tiger Stripes seen at the BFI London Film Festival 2023 Tiger Stripes opens with a diptych of scenes. In the first, we see 12-year-old Zaffan (Zafreen Zairizal) in close-up, panting heavily as she stares into the camera with barely contained defiance, even aggression, like a trapped, truculent animal. In the second, set a little earlier,…

Hatching

Hatching (Pahanhautoja) (2022)

Menarche is the transitional rite of passage in a young woman’s life when she first starts to ovulate and to bleed. An egg, and a lot of blood, will also play prominent parts in Hanna Bergholm’s feature debut Hatching (Pahanhautoja), as Tinja (Siiri Solalinna) emerges from childhood into adolescence and from innocence into experience, along…

Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders

Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (Valerie a týden divu) (1970)

Valerie and her Week of Wonders (Valerie a týden divu) first published by Film4 Synopsis: With Czechoslovakia under Soviet Occupation, director Jaromil Jires retreats into this oneiric fantasy of a young girl’s journey into adulthood. Review: When Jaromil Jires’ Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders (Valerie a týden divu) enjoyed its UK premiere at the National…