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Contents June 2019


Weimar cinema special As a major retrospective of Weimar Germany-era cinema comes to BFI Southbank in London to mark the centenary of the Republic’s founding, our special explores this most radical and exciting of epochs in film history. Margaret Deriaz looks beyond the most celebrated films of the period to uncover a cinema that was even more varied and daring than is usually assumed. Joel Finler examines the often overlooked fact that so many of the era’s most brilliant filmmakers were Jewish. And Nick James explores how the era saw the emergence of influential new forms of critical writing about the art of the cinema


5 Editorial Dark mirror

Rushes 6 On Our Radar The month in film 8 Interview: Jemma Desai talks to the director of Madeline’s Madeline 9 Dream Palaces: Neil Jordan hails

Los Angeles’s Nuart cinema 11 The Numbers: Charles Gant on biopics of cultural figures at the box office 12 Tribute: Agnès Varda remembered by Mia Hansen-Løve and others

Festivals 18 Nick Bradshaw reports from

Copenhagen’s CPH:DOX

95 Letters

Endings 96 Tim Hayes on Olivier Assayas’s tech thriller Demonlover

Wide Angle 14 Opinion: Clara Bradbury-Rance wonders if visibility is everything where onscreen lesbians are concerned 16 Primal Screen: Bryony Dixon heralds a new BFI project that puts Victorian film online




20 COVER FEATURE Heavenly bodies A crew of death-row prisoners on a one-way mission to a distant galaxy are forced to contemplate the meaning of life, death and the universe, in Claire Denis’s first English-language film, High Life. Here the director discusses scripts, sets, stars and sci-fi. By Pamela Hutchinson

40 The mysteries of Budapest In Sunset, László Nemes’s spellbinding follow-up to Son of Saul, the director channels the spirit of Franz Kafka in a tale of a young woman searching for her missing brother in Budapest during the last days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. By Jonathan Romney

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