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Lost in space with Gravity, in time with Computer Chess, at sea with Leviathan and in love with Blue is the Warmest Colour. Lost in space with Gravity, in time with Computer Chess, at sea with Leviathan and in love with Blue is the Warmest Colour.
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Cover feature: Space is the place

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity tries to depict the dangers of spaceflight realistically. But the fantasies of science-fiction cinema and the realities of mankind’s ventures beyond the atmosphere have never been too far apart. By Roger Luckhurst.

Leaving the earth behind

Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón and the film’s visual effects supervisor Tim Webber, of London’s Framestore, explain the unique challenges of realising the film’s zero-gravity setting. Fight fire with fire Czech and Slovak filmmakers have struggled to capture the reality of ‘normalisation’ – the repression that followed the Prague Spring. Now a Pole, Agnieszka Holland, has succeeded, with Burning Bush, a TV series that begins with the self-immolation of Jan Palach. By Peter Hames.

Past masters

When it comes to 1980s period authenticity, Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess has got it taped, thanks to the magic of old-fashioned video technology: and Bujalski’s not alone. Is this return to analogue a symptom of nostalgia, a protest against digital – or something more? By Calum Marsh.

Women in love

Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour has caused no small amount of controversy since winning the Palme d’Or in Cannes – not least because of a perceived male slant to its depiction of a lesbian love affair. But, says the director, you might as well tell him he has no right to film the life of an airline pilot because he can’t fly. By Jonathan Romney.

All at sea

An abstract painting set to a musique concrète soundtrack, an ocean-going Le Sang des bêtes, a Moby-Dick for trawlermen – Leviathan is both a documentary about the fishing industry, and something far more rich and strange. By Trevor Johnston.

Realm of the sensory

Leviathan is the latest in a line of adventurous documentaries from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab that set out to experience the real world, not just talk about it. By Trevor Johnston.

Love for sale

François Ozon’s latest film, Jeune & jolie, is a cool, provocative blend of teen coming-of-age drama and Belle de jour, overlaid with a Françoise Hardy soundtrack. Ozon talks about sex, money and the modern teenager. By Nick Roddick.

Reviews

Films of the month

Blue is the Warmest Colour / La Vie d’Adèle Chapitres 1 et 2 Child’s Pose / Pozitia copilului / The Counsellor / Jeune & jolie

plus reviews of

Baggage Claim; Battle of the Year; Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson; Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2; Computer Chess; Day of the Flowers; Dirty Wars; Dom Hemingway; Don Jon; Either Way/A annan veg; Ender’s Game; Escape Plan; The Family/Malavita; Future My Love; Gravity; The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia; How to Survive a Plague; In Fear; Leviathan; Love Tomorrow; Marius; Metallica Through the Never; Milius; Pandora’s Promise; Parkland; Romeo & Juliet ;Runner Runner; Rurouni Kenshin; Saving Mr. Banks; Seduced and Abandoned; Sunshine on Leith; Utopia; uwantme2killhim?; V/H/S/2; ¡Vivan las antípodas!; Who Needs Enemies; Wolf Children

Features

Cover feature: Space is the place

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity tries to depict the dangers of spaceflight realistically. But the fantasies of science-fiction cinema and the realities of mankind’s ventures beyond the atmosphere have never been too far apart. By Roger Luckhurst.

Leaving the earth behind

Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón and the film’s visual effects supervisor Tim Webber, of London’s Framestore, explain the unique challenges of realising the film’s zero-gravity setting. Fight fire with fire Czech and Slovak filmmakers have struggled to capture the reality of ‘normalisation’ – the repression that followed the Prague Spring. Now a Pole, Agnieszka Holland, has succeeded, with Burning Bush, a TV series that begins with the self-immolation of Jan Palach. By Peter Hames.

Past masters

When it comes to 1980s period authenticity, Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess has got it taped, thanks to the magic of old-fashioned video technology: and Bujalski’s not alone. Is this return to analogue a symptom of nostalgia, a protest against digital – or something more? By Calum Marsh.

Women in love

Abdellatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour has caused no small amount of controversy since winning the Palme d’Or in Cannes – not least because of a perceived male slant to its depiction of a lesbian love affair. But, says the director, you might as well tell him he has no right to film the life of an airline pilot because he can’t fly. By Jonathan Romney.

All at sea

An abstract painting set to a musique concrète soundtrack, an ocean-going Le Sang des bêtes, a Moby-Dick for trawlermen – Leviathan is both a documentary about the fishing industry, and something far more rich and strange. By Trevor Johnston.

Realm of the sensory

Leviathan is the latest in a line of adventurous documentaries from Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab that set out to experience the real world, not just talk about it. By Trevor Johnston.

Love for sale

François Ozon’s latest film, Jeune & jolie, is a cool, provocative blend of teen coming-of-age drama and Belle de jour, overlaid with a Françoise Hardy soundtrack. Ozon talks about sex, money and the modern teenager. By Nick Roddick.

Reviews

Films of the month

Blue is the Warmest Colour / La Vie d’Adèle Chapitres 1 et 2 Child’s Pose / Pozitia copilului / The Counsellor / Jeune & jolie

plus reviews of

Baggage Claim; Battle of the Year; Breakfast with Jonny Wilkinson; Bring Me the Head of the Machine Gun Woman; Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2; Computer Chess; Day of the Flowers; Dirty Wars; Dom Hemingway; Don Jon; Either Way/A annan veg; Ender’s Game; Escape Plan; The Family/Malavita; Future My Love; Gravity; The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia; How to Survive a Plague; In Fear; Leviathan; Love Tomorrow; Marius; Metallica Through the Never; Milius; Pandora’s Promise; Parkland; Romeo & Juliet ;Runner Runner; Rurouni Kenshin; Saving Mr. Banks; Seduced and Abandoned; Sunshine on Leith; Utopia; uwantme2killhim?; V/H/S/2; ¡Vivan las antípodas!; Who Needs Enemies; Wolf Children

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