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Reviews of documentaries (and some non-fiction films)

Theo Angelopoulos, the filmmaker of migration
(Letter to Theo)

In Letter to Theo, French director Élodie Lélu revisits Angelopoulos’ unfinished film, reminiscing on their collaborative work on the project that was in some ways prophetic of the present-day Greece.

Far from the shallow now: two highlights from Underdox
(Sec Rouge / Accession)

Two newcomers stood out from the crowd at this year’s Underdox in Munich. Sec Rouge – one of 2018's most striking, accomplished and beautiful films of any length – and the seminal and glowingly delicate 48-minute film, Accession.

A perverted portrait of an artist
(The Artist & The Pervert)

The Artist & The Pervert is a somewhat atypical portrait of an artist that tells less about composer Georg Friedrich Haas’ microtonal music then it does about his BDSM-based relationship with his wife.

What do you really know about Donbass? (Other than what you read in the news)
(Donbass)

Loznitsa's journey through the Donbass region is composed of a series of crazy adventures in which the grotesque and the tragic merge.

Sugar: The sweetest poison?
(Sugar Coated / Sugar Blues)

Should sugar be regarded as a toxin equal to that of tobacco? Two documentaries focus on the sweet drug's damaging effects and on the sugar industry's attempt to trivialise them.

The houses we were, the cities we are
(The Houses We Were / DIALOGUE)

Two important but very different documentaries from 2018 showcase the power of the short film form.

The overlooked «in-betweener»
(Topo y Wera / Centar)

Two highlights of Doclisboa 2018 were documentaries from an often-overlooked category – the mid-length film.

Taking down a regime
(Light a Candle, Write a History)

South Korean citizens made history when – armed with lighted candles and demands of justice – they brought down president Park Geun-hye and her conservative party in 2017. Director Nungcool and her crew documented the experience.

The Cuban veteran for whom the Revolution lives on
(To War)

As his country slowly moves past its communist decades, a Cuban veteran is stuck in the past.

Intimacy versus American convention
(Reconstructing Utøya / 22 July)

Between the two recent films depicting the Utøya massacre, Reconstructing Utøya is the one that succeeds.
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