On Cinema

Two political thrillers reveal the intimate cruelties of life under dictatorship

Christopher Silvester on two extraordinary films from Eastern Europe shown at the London Film Festival

Christopher Silvester on a war movie with no rousing patriotic music or violence, but nevertheless filled with unexpected delights and discoveries

To get a handle on African cinema, watch Mandabi

Christopher Silvester on films of faith and the canonisation of three children’s divine visions

Christopher Silvester on a documentary with a solely animalistic cast

Director Betrand Tavernier was able to admire both blacklisted directors and those who named names

Christopher Silvester shows how Konchalovsky has one of the strangest careers in world cinema

Christopher Silvester explains how censorship has suppressed Nigerian films that have won international acclaim

Chloé Zhao is the first Asian woman likely to be nominated in the Best Director category for Nomadland, says Christopher Silvester