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Contents December 2018



Bringing up baby Hosoda Mamoru’s Mirai, about a boy whose world is turned upside down by the arrival of a baby sister, mixes fantasy with delicate realism and psychological acuity. By Nick Bradshaw


5 Editorial The perfect storm

Rushes 6 On Our Radar: what to see and do in the world of cinema this month 8 Interview: Sophie Monks Kaufman talks to Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan about Wildlife, a searing portrait of a family in crisis 9 Dream Palaces: Mark Cousins kicks off a new regular column exploring the world’s most beloved cinemas 11 The Numbers: Charles Gant on Glenn Close’s box-office attraction with The Wife 12 Rediscovery: Pamela Hutchinson investigates the career of the Free Cinema movement’s Lorenza Mazzetti

Wide Angle 14 Profile: Ros Murray traces the screen career of avant-gardist extraordinaire Antonin Artaud 17 Primal Screen: David Cairns swoons at the gritty romance of Frank Borzage 18 Tribute: Sukhdev Sandhu on the eclectic, electric cultural criticism of the late Mark Fisher, aka k-punk

Festivals 21 Tony Rayns visits DMZ Docs

95 Letters

Endings 96 Neil Young is dazzled by Dario

Argento’s frenzied finale to Deep Red


22 COVER FEATURE White lines Boots Riley talks to Kaleem Aftab about capitalism, race and resistance in his fabulous absurdist comedy Sorry to Bother You. PLUS Hannah McGill examines Hollywood’s long history of workplace satires

32 Trigger happy The Coen brothers’ The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is an anthology of six violent tales of the American frontier. Here they ponder the intractable links between character, story and setting in the western, the pros and cons of digital filmmaking and why there are no stories about Serbians in the movie. By Ben Walters

42 No place like home Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience explores the forbidden love affair between two women from an Orthodox Jewish community in north-west London. Here the director discusses quietude in his films, being an outsider in London and what his tale owes to mythology. By Nick James

46 Return of the native Employing his signature blend of analytical detachment, wry humour and unsentimental compassion, Nuri Bilge Ceylan tells the story of a young man with uncertain prospects reluctantly returning to the town where he grew up, in the elegant The Wild Pear Tree. By Geoff Andrew


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