D: Timur Bekmambetov (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Wanted, Day Watch, Night Watch).
S: Valene Kane, Shazad Latif.
Like SEARCHING, an inventive, tense film using a computer screen as the cinema frame. Social media, online communication, etc are utilised to create a heart-in-your-mouth journalistic thriller.
WILD ROSE ★★★☆☆
D: Tom Harper (The Woman in Black 2).
S: Julie Walters, Jessie Buckley, Sophie Okonedo.
Charm and positivity in spades. BILLY ELLIOT with country music. The climax hits the heartwarming notes.
D: László Nemes (Son of Saul).
S: Juli Jakab, Vlad Ivanov, Susanne Wuest, Björn Freiberg, Judit Bárdos, Mónika Balsai.
The eve of the end of an empire, from the perspective of a woman with impressive focus. The film feels unnecessarily opaque. A disappointment compared to the director's debut.
3 FACES ★★★★☆
D: Jafar Panahi (Taxi Tehran, Closed Curtain, This Is Not a Film, Offside, Crimson Gold, The Circle).
S: Behnaz Jafari, Jafar Panahi, Marziyeh Rezaei.
Jafar Panahi is one of the top 10 directors working today. He continues to examine humanity compassionately, in endlessly fascinating ways.