As a result of my recent, intense encounter with the films of Roberto Rossellini, I'm thinking a lot lately about the possibilities entailed in breaking style conventions not simply for innovation's sake but in the name of moving past the limits of style itself. Such...

The Square (dir. Jehane Noujaim — Egypt) Omar (dir. Hany Abu-Assad — Palestine) Ladder to Damascus (dir. Mohammad Malas — Syria) Manuscripts Don't Burn (dir. Mohammad Rasoulof — Iran) Closed Curtain (dir. Jafar Panahi, Kambozia Partovi — Iran) While it's been repeatedly commented that the running theme of this year's TIFF was torture—and indeed, 10 of the 21 films I saw either depicted or...

Yep, the blog is back after a six-month hiatus—I am getting into gear for another ten days of bingeing on world cinema.  Here are my picks for which  I have locked down tickets so far: Closed Curtain 12 Years a Slave Like Father, Like Son Abuse of Weakness Visitors Devil's Knot The...