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Review / USA

“We are made of all the places we’ve loved, or of all the places where we’ve changed.”

Lauren Elkin, Flâneuse

The Story of America Told Through the Words of James Baldwin

Max Hayward draws our attention to past and present race relations in America through the powerful and poetic words of civil rights activist and writer James Baldwin in the essayistic documentary “I Am Not Your Negro”.

Review / Germany

“Everything, from Christiane’s favourite East German pickles to Alexander’s t-shirts to the statues of political figures throughout Berlin, must one day change.”

Max Hayward on Good Bye, Lenin!

In the Heat and the Haze: Marguerite Duras’s Love Affair

The real life affair of writer Marguerite Duras in 1930s French Indochina (former Vietnam) challenged gender, social and racial stereotypes. Nearly a century later, Rachel Wilson revisits this transgressive yet ever-intoxicating relationship in Duras’s award-winning novel “The Lover.”

Daymé Arocena Creates the New Sound of Cuba

Daymé Arocena takes us to the streets of Havana in her latest record Cubafonía, where a backdrop of soul, jazz, salsa and Afro-Cuban rhythms supports her bold and tender voice.

Review / India

“The organic way in which director Shubhashish Bhutiani approaches aging and death is decidedly anti-Best Exotic Marigold Hotel; the story isn’t about fulfilling dreams, it’s about the acceptance of death.”

Max Hayward on Shubhashish Bhutiani’s Hotel Salvation

Breathless (À Bout de Souffle): Jean-Luc Godard’s New Wave Ode to Youth

Considered one of the films that kick-started the French New Wave (Nouvelle Vague), Jean-Luc Godard’s “Breathless” is a rule-breaking tribute to youthfulness, recklessness and gangster movies. Max Hayward escorts us through this black and white 60s Parisian maze.

Famiglia: a Tale Told Through Food

Food, over family, brings the characters together in Natalia Ginzburg’s 1977 dissection of the Roman middle-class.

Review / USA

“I can’t always work out whether I am in a dark jazz club in Manhattan’s Lower East Side or dancing in Copacabana.”

Olivia Dennis on Eliane Elias’s Dance of Time

Review / Spain

“I gazed at the deep blue Mediterranean below the mountain and felt at peace.”

Sofia Papastergiadis, Hot Milk

Wong Kar-wai’s Cinematic Muse, Hong Kong, Shines in ‘In the Mood for Love’

Max Hayward walks us through Wong Kar-wai's dizzying portrait of a man and a woman living in a ramshackle Hong Kong neighbourhood in—what has been granted time and time again—one of the best films ever made.

Zadie Smith Takes Us to an ‘Ungentrifiable’ North West London

In this review of Zadie Smith’s narrative and experimental novel “NW,” Olivia Dennis introduces us to four 30-somethings born of their location—a diverse and divided district of London.