The White Balloon (1995) Review ― A Uniquely Structured Neorealist Drama

Jafar Panahi’s debut feature about a little girl’s quest to buy a goldfish becomes a vivid study of the little things and emotions, often neglected and forgotten in the hustle and bustle of daily routine, that constitute everyday life. With a screenplay written by another legend of Iranian cinema, Abbas Kiarostami, The White Balloon won…

The New Wave of Political Satire — An Interview with Julian Radlmaier

For admirers of Buñuel and Godard, Julian Radlmaier’s brand of cinema should feel right at home while also offering a fresh take on well-trodden subjects. This new experimental filmmaker, based in Berlin, has impressed festival audiences and critics alike with his debut feature Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog (which we have written about here), which won the…