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Lav Diaz's dark Season of the Devil, Samuel Collardey's luminous A Polar Year

By Rosslyn Hyams

In this month's Cinefile Rosslyn Hyams meets French director Samuel Pollardey who filmed a year in Greenland for Une Année Polaire (A Polar Year), and Lav Diaz, Filipino director of Season of the Devil, a four-hour film entirely sung, shot in black and white, which is more 'scuro' than 'chiaro'.

Cannes Film Festival awards and The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

Is Gemma Arterton a happy woman; Walid Mattar follows the Northern Wind

The Prayer; The International Paris documentary film festival

Two wrongs don't make a right in the tense movie, The Insult

A unique look at war in Philippe van Leeuw's In Syria and Raoul Peck's lesser-bearded The Young Karl Marx

Egypt in the foreground and background In the Last Days of the City

Nothingwood - a French filmmaker's take on an Afghan film star

Cannes Film Festival makes space for Andrew Steggall's Departure along with Abel Ferrara's Alive in France