Capriccio, Garsington Opera

Capriccio, Garsington Opera

No contest By Robert Thicknesse It’s a legal requirement these days to preface any discussion of Richard Strauss’s final opera with snarky comments on its wartime composition in Munich. Sure, it seems a bit odd to us now to have premiered this whimsical...
Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace

A delayed follow-up to Winter’s Bone gives Debra Granik a second triumphant drama By Mansel Stimpson It was Debra Granik’s second feature, Winter’s Bone of 2010, that brought stardom to Jennifer Lawrence, but that film also won enormous acclaim in...
Roméo et Juliette, Grange Park Opera

Roméo et Juliette, Grange Park Opera

Juliette bravo “Dramatic art is the art of a portraitist,” Gounod wrote in his Mémoires d’un artiste. “It must translate characters as a painter depicts a face or an attitude.” It is a curious proposition, indeed it might be thought to raise more questions...
Between Tragedy and Broken Dreams

Between Tragedy and Broken Dreams

Mohammed Rouda discusses five recent films about the Syrian War It is natural that war in Syria, which has been raging for seven years, should provide film-makers with subjects to express their beliefs and views. The same goes for events since 2010 in other Arab...
10 films to see at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

10 films to see at the Edinburgh International Film Festival

From edgy British indies to family favourites, Anna Smith picks 10 promising films to watch out for in this year’s selection. Puzzle EIFF regular Kelly Macdonald plays a jigsaw genius in character-driven drama that’s opening the festival on Wednesday. Lucid Can lucid...