“Mirai”…. A universal family story told through time travel and ingenious animation!

Filmmaker Mamoru Hosoda, over the years, has evolved into a fine force to reckon with in the anime genre (Wolf Children, Summer Wars). With enterprises like Studio Ghibli (founded by Hosoda’s mentor Hayao Miyazaki) spearheading nothing short of a revolution, Japanese animation, in general, has set a cutting-edge benchmark for […]

“Disobedience”… A sombre tale of love and loss that quietly unmasks the society that we live in!

Filmmaker Sebastián Lelio is one who is adept at exposing societal orthodoxy through his layered and, often, shocking screenplays. His films that are seen to cleverly juxtapose a taboo subject to surroundings that are disturbingly conventional. In his Academy Award-winning transgender drama A Fantastic Woman, Lelio examined how a traditional […]

“Shoplifters (万引き家族) “… An affecting, layered film that paints human bonding with great beauty!

Acclaimed Japanese director whose films radiate a definite auteurial quality, Hirokazu Kore-eda is no stranger to the domestic drama genre. The portrayal of families with parenting (including foster), inadequacies and complicated relationships in their hinge is by now a forte of the filmmaker. Akin to many of his previous films, […]

“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” is a bittersweet take on the curious case of ‘gender confusions’!

In one of the most powerful scenes in Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post, a supposedly ‘reformed gay man’ breaks down before the protagonist when he is quizzed about a mishap that occurred to a homosexual teenager. A close advocate of the idea that same sex attraction is a “sin” as […]

“Love Sonia”… An evocative film that uncovers flesh trade and limitless human spirit!

It is a difficult deal for films that attempt to picture the loss of innocence – especially where there are children and teenagers robbed off their basic right to be themselves. These stories agitate and sadden us while imparting what might simply be an uncomfortable social reality. Filmmaker Tabrez Noorani’s […]