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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'.

In which... Denis Lavant talks about Alverson's 'The Mountain', Lav Diaz about 'The Halt'

Nadav Lapid's Synonymes and Alvaro Brechner's A Twelve Year Night

January Special : French film Kabullywood harnesses youths' hunger for arts

CINEFILE January 2019 Another Day of Life and Les invisibles

Love smoulders in Cold War and embers refuse to die in L'amour Flou

Young men make tough, clear choices in 'Shéhérazade' and 'Sauvage'

Martel's colonial, absurd and splendid 'Zama' and Silver's rare Franco-US coprod 'Thirst Street'

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