On Cinema

“War is the original human state,” Russian directors seem to say

Real men have grit in their eye

What to watch inform yourself about the rich Ukrainian cinematic tradition

Christopher Silvester reviews two semi-autobiographical movies: Oscar-contender Belfast and arthouse The Souvenir

Acting ability should matter more than “lived experience”

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