Saf (2018)

ALI VATANSEVER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.   Turkey/Germany/Romania, 2018.  Terminal Film, 2Pilots Filmproduction, 4 Proof Film.  Screenplay by Ali Vatansever.  Cinematography by Tudor Vladimir Panduru.  Produced by Selin Vatansever, Oya Özden.  Production Design by Meral Efe Yurtseven, Yunus Emre Yurtseven. Costume Design by Yasemin Kuzey.  Film Editing by Evren Lus.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Kemil (Erol Afsin) is…

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Ash Is Purest White (2018)

ZHANGKE JIA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  Original title:  Jiang hu er nü China/France/Japan, 2018.  Arte France Cinema, Beijing Runjin Investment, Huanxi Media Group, MK2 Productions, Office Kitano, Shanghai Film Group, Xstream Pictures.  Screenplay by Zhangke Jia.  Cinematography by Eric Gautier.  Produced by Shozo Ichiyama, Nathanael Karmitz.  Music by Giong Lim.  Production Design by Weixin…

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Capernaum (2018)

NADINE LABAKI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Lebanon/France/USA, 2018.  Mooz Films, Cedrus Invest Bank, Sunnyland Film, Doha Film Institute, KNM Films, Boo Pictures, The Bridge Production, Louverture Films, Open City Films, Les Films des Tournelles, Clandestino Films.  Screenplay by Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwany, in collaboration with Georges Khabbaz, Khaled Mouzanar.  Cinematography by…

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Gloria Bell (2018)

SEBASTIAN LELIO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Chile/USA, 2018.  Fabula, FilmNation Entertainment.  Screenplay by Alice Johnson Boher, Sebastian Lelio, based on the story by Gonzalo Maza, screenplay by Sebastián Lelio.  Cinematography by Natasha Braier.  Produced by Juan de Dios Larrain, Pablo Larrain, Sebastián Lelio.  Music by Matthew Herbert.  Production Design by Shannon Walsh.  Costume Design…

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Birds of Passage (2018)

CRISTINA GALLEGO, CIRO GUERRA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.  Original title:  Pájaros de verano Columbia/Denmark/Mexico/Germany/Switzerland, 2018.  Blond Indian Films, Bord Cadre Films, Ciudad Lunar Producciones, Films Boutique, Labodigital, Pimienta Films, Snowglobe Films.  Original idea by Cristina Gallego, Screenplay by Maria Camila Arias, Jacques Toulemonde Vidal.  Cinematography by David Gallego.  Produced by Cristina Gallego, Katrin Pors.  Music…

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Never Look Away (2018)

FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  Original title:  Werk ohne Autor Germany/Italy, 2018.  Pergamon Film, Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion, Beta Cinema, ARD Degeto Film, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Sky Deutschland, Rai Cinema, W.o.A. Film, ARTE.  Screenplay by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck.  Cinematography by Caleb Deschanel.  Produced by Quirin Berg, Christiane Henckel von Donnersmarck, Florian…

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Greta (2018)

NEIL JORDAN Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Ireland/USA, 2018.  Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Lawrence Bender Productions, Little Wave Productions.  Story by Ray Wright, Screenplay by Ray Wright, Neil Jordan.  Cinematography by Seamus McGarvey.  Produced by Lawrence Bender, James Flynn, Sidney Kimmel, John Penotti.  Music by Javier Navarrete.  Production Design by Anna Rackard.  Film Editing by Nick Emerson.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Chloë Grace…

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Everybody Knows (2018)

ASGHAR FARHADI Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   Original title:  Todos lo Saben Spain/France/Italy, 2018.  Memento Films Production, Morena Films, Lucky Red.  Screenplay by Asghar Farhadi.  Cinematography by Jose Luis Alcaine.  Produced by Álvaro Longoria, Alexandre Mallet-Guy.  Music by Javier Limón.  Production Design by Maria Clara Notari.  Costume Design by Sonia Grande.  Film Editing by Hayedeh Safiyari.  Cannes Film Festival 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018….

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The Image Book (2018)

JEAN-LUC GODARD Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   Switzerland/France, 2018.  Casa Azul Films, Ecran Noir productions.  Screenplay by Jean-Luc Godard.  Cinematography by Fabrice Aragno.  Produced by Fabrice Aragno, Mitra Farahani.  Production Design by Jean-Paul Battaggia.  Film Editing by Jean-Luc Godard.  Cannes Film Festival 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Jean-Luc Godard whittles away at his editing machine to once again come up with a…

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Wildlife (2018)

PAUL DANO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.   USA, 2018.  June Pictures, Nine Stories Productions, Sight Unseen Pictures.  Screenplay by Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, based on the book by Richard Ford.  Cinematography by Diego García.  Produced by Paul Dano, Andrew Duncan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Riva Marker, Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, Alex Saks.  Music by David Lang.  Production Design by Akin McKenzie.  Costume Design…

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Destroyer (2018)

KARYN KUSAMA Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.   USA, 2018.  30West, Automatik.  Screenplay by Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.  Cinematography by Julie Kirkwood.  Produced by Fred Berger, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi.   Music by Theodore Shapiro.  Production Design by Kay Lee.  Costume Design by Audrey Fisher.  Film Editing by Plummy Tucker.  Golden Globe Awards 2018.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. A grizzled, self-destructive Los Angeles cop…

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The Land of Steady Habits (2018)

NICOLE HOLOFCENER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.   USA, 2018.  Likely Story.  Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener, based on the novel by Ted Thompson.  Cinematography by Alar Kivilo.  Produced by Stefanie Azpiazu, Anthony Bregman.  Music by Marcelo Zarvos.  Production Design by Dina Goldman.  Costume Design by Alex Bovaird.  Film Editing by Robert Frazen.  Toronto International Film Festival 2018. Ben Mendelsohn is enjoying life in early…

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