“Girls of the sun,” Eva Husson’s retelling of the Kurdistan girl fighter batallion

Iraqi Kurdistan, 2014
Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot and Zübeyde Bulut
Directed by Eva Husson

Bahar (Golshifteh Farahani) is commander of the Daughters of the Sun battalion in Kurdistan. They are preparing to free her city from the hands of Islamists and find her son who is behind enemy lines. A French journalist on assignment in the area, Mathilde (Emmanuelle Bercot, of "Mon Roi" fame, among others), joins their platoon to cover the offensive and help bring the spotlight on these women ... more >


“Trial by fire,” or when the Texas penal system is put under the microscope for negligence

Produced by Allyn Stewart, Kipp Nelson, Edward Zwick and Alex Soros
Jack O’Connell, Laura Dern and Emily Meade
Directed by Edward Zwick

“Trial by Fire” is the true story of the unlikely bond that developped between a death row inmate (Jack O'Connell) and a mother of two from Houston (Laura Dern) who, although she faced great odds, fought hard for his freedom. Cameron Todd Willingham, a poor, uneducated heavy metal devotee with a violent streak and a criminal record, was convicted of arson-related triple homicide in 1992. During ... more >


“Photograph,” a made-in-Bombay fairytale

From the director of “The Lunchbox”
Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Sanya Malhotra, Farrukh Jaffar and Deepak Chauhan
Directed by Ritesh Patra

She’s a young, well-educated and well-to-do woman studying to become an accountant. He is poor, works as a street photographer, comes from the countryside and is, in the eyes of his grandmother, too old to find another woman (but hope, it springs eternal, yadi yadi yada). They meet on the streets of Bombay. And thus begins Ritesh Batra's new film "Photograph," an(other) impossible love story, one ... more >

#CANNES2019: “THE DEAD DON’T DIE” to open Cannes Festival

THIS JUST IN: "The Dead Don't Die" will open this year's Cannes Festival (April 10th, 2019). After the dead rise from their graves, the tranquil town of Centerville has no choice but to battle the hordes of zombies come threaten their way of life. "The dead don't die" was written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, produced by Joshua Astrachan and Carter Logan and produced by Animal Kingdom (they ... more >


EDITORIAL : Advertising’s phenomenon Karim Huu Do, and some soul searching

Advertising director Huu Do has done work for Adidas, Rita Ora and David Beckham

(EDITORIAL) What is this site's future, how do we talk about all filmmakers who matter, no matter their industry? Thinking of new ways for Screen Comment to get more reach has meant pushing walls out, rethinking editorial lines. What is Screen Comment today, thirteen years after its creation? The filmed entertainment landscape is constantly moving, tentpole franchises number in the double digits, ... more >


“Rafiki,” a Kenyan tale of sapphic love

What good Kenyan girls also do
Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati and Nice Githinji
Directed by Wanuri Kahiu

“Rafiki,” which comes out on Friday, was directed by Wanuri Kahiu. The Nairobi-born director (b. 1980) has just one other feature-length film under her belt, “From a whisper.” She’s new on the scene, young(er) and taking risks. In “Rafiki” Kena (Samantha Mugatsia) and Ziki (Sheila Munyiva) eye each other from across the street, with a mixture of suspicion and attraction. The former is thin like ... more >


In “The Wind,” tricks of the mind in the old West, demons and prairie madness

A woman confronts the harshness and isolation of the rugged Western frontier in the late 1800s
Miles Anderson, Caitlin Gerard and Julia Goldani Telles
Directed by Emma Tammi [Soapbox Films]

"The Wind" is the first fiction feature film by Emma Tammi, a filmmaker thus far known for her documentary film work. The inspiration for the film is real, however, and comes from a true story told in the newspapers left behind by women suffering from prairie madness, a common affliction amid European farmers come to colonize the American west in the 1800s. "The Wind" was adapted by Teresa ... more >