Wild Tales (15) : Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Damián Szifrón, Argentina, 2015, 122 mins, in Spanish with English subtitles
Cast: Ricardo Darín, Óscar Martínez, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Érica Rivas, Rita Cortese, Julieta Zylberberg, Darío Grandinetti

Rigor Mortis (18) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Juno Mak, Hong Kong, 2013, 105 mins, in Cantonese with subtitles

Cast: Chin Sui-Ho, Anthony Chan, Paw Hee Ching, Kara Hui, Richard Ng

The Calcium Kid (15) | Home Ents Review

Dir. Alex De Rakoff, UK, 2004, 89 mins, English

Cast: Orlando BloomBillie Piper, Michael Peña, Rafe Spall, Tamer Hassan, Omid Djalili

Phoenix (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Christian Petzold, Germany/Poland, 2014, 98 mins, in English and German with subtitles where appropriate

Cast: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf 

Coffy (18) | Home Ents Review

Dir. Jack Hills, US, 1973, 91 mins, English

Cast: Pam GrierBooker Bradshaw, William Elliot, Robert DoQuiAllan Arbus, Sid Haig

Anti-Social (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Reg Traviss, UK/Hungary, 2014, 117 mins

Cast: Gregg Sulkin, Meghan Markle, Josh Myers, Christian Berkel 

Samba (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, France, 2014, 120 mins, in French, English, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian with English subtitles

Cast: Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tahar Rahim

Silent Youth (12) | Home Ents Review

Dir. Diemo Kemmesies, Spain, 2012, 73 mins, in German with subtitles

Cast: Martin Bruchmann, Josef Mattes, Mathias Neuber, Linda Schüle

Interview: Director of Futuro Beach Karim Aïnouz

Close-Up Film caught up with Karim Aïnouz, director of Futuro Beach (also known as ‘Praia do Futuro’), to find out about his initial motivation in

making a male melodrama, its literary origins and the symbolism that runs throughout.

Timbuktu (12A) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako, France/Mauritania, 2014, 97 mins, in French/Arabic/Bambara/English and Songhay with English subtitles

Cast: Ibrahim Ahmed, Toulou Kiki, Abel Jafri, Fatoumata Diawara, Hichem Yacoubi, Kettly Noël, Layla Walet Mohamed, Mehdi A.G. Mohamed

Spy (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Paul Feig, US, 2015, 120 mins

Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Jude Law, Rose Bryne

Four Corners (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Ian Gabriel, South Africa, 2013, 119 mins, in Afrikaans and English with subtitles where appropriate

Cast: Brendon Daniels, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Irshaad Ally, Abduragman Adams, Jezriel Skei, Jerry Mofokeng, Israel Makoe

Listen Up Philip (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Alex Ross Perry, US, 2014, 108 mins

Cast: Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter, Joséphine De La Baume, Jonathan Pryce 

The Burning (El Ardor) (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Pablo Fendrik, Argentina/Mexico/Brazil/France and USA, 2014, 101 mins, Spanish (with English subs)

Cast: Alice Braga, Gael García Bernal, Claudio Tolcachir, Chico Diaz, Jorge Sesan, Lautaro Vilo, Julian Tello

Theeb (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Naji Abu Nowar, Jordan/UK/UAE/Qatar, 2014, 100 mins, in Arabic with English subtitles

Cast: Jacir Eid-Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh and Jack Fox

Director Naji Abu Nowar Discusses Making Of Theeb

Close-Up Film caught up with Naji Abu Nowar, director of the recently released Theeb (translating to ‘Wolf’), to discuss some of the difficulties in making a

film steeped so heavily in culture, discussing the more universal life lessons to be learned from his debut film and ideas for his next feature.

Pressure (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Ron Scalpello, USA, 2015, 91 mins

Cast: Alan McKenna, Matthew Goode, Danny Huston, Joe Cole, Daisy Lowe

Director Ron Scalpello Talks Pressure

Close-Up caught up with Ron Scalpello, director of the recently released intense psychological-thriller ‘Pressure’, starring Danny Huston, Alan McKenna,

Matthew Goode and Joe Cole to discuss trying to stand out in the current film market, working on a budget and a CU-F exclusive for his (potential) next feature.

P’tit Quinquin (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Bruno Dumont, France, 2014, 200 mins, in French with English subtitles

Cast: Alane Delhaye, Lucy Caron, Bernard Pruvost, Philippe Jore, Baptiste Anquez, Stephane Boutillier

Dear White People (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Justin Simien and Adriana Serrano, US, 2014, 103 mins

Cast: Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Teyonah Parris, Kyle Gallner, Brandon P. Bell

City of London Festival 2015 – Singapore on Film series

Just ahead of the 53rd annual City of London Film Festival 2015, we at CU-F have decided to take a minute to discuss some of the many good things we

anticipate at this year’s festival. With over 200 events spanning over a three-week period, with a special section specifically dedicated to Singapore on Film, 

this June/July offers a number of opportunities to become involved in this long standing festival.

Unity (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Shaun Monson, US, 2015, 99 mins

Cast: approximately 100 guest star narrators including Casey Affleck, Dianna Argon,

Malin Akerman, Rik Allen, Pamela Andersen, Kristen Bell, Rose Bryne, Jessica Chastain

Closed Curtain (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Jafar Panahi and Kambuzia Partovi, Iran, 2013, 106 mins, Persian with English subtitles

Cast: Kambuzia Partovia, Maryam Moqadam, Jafar Panahi, Hadi Saeedi, Boy the Dog

Buttercup Bill (18) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Émilie Richard-Froozan and Rémy Bennett, US, 2014, 96 mins

Cast: Rémy Bennett, Evan Louison

Pasolini (18) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Abel Ferrara, France/Belgium/Italy, 2014, 84 mins, in English and Italian with subtitles where appropriate

Cast: Willem Defoe, Riccardo ScamarcioNinetto Davoli, Valerio Mastandrea

Just Jim (15) | Close-Up Film Review

DIr. Craig Roberts, UK, 2015, 84 mins

Cast. Craig Roberts, Emile Hirsch, Sia Bennett, Richard Harrington, Nia Roberts, Aneirin Hughes

Director Craig Roberts Chats About ‘Just Jim’

Close-Up Film recently caught up with actor-turned-director Craig Roberts, star of Richard Ayoade’s 2010 smash hit, black-comedy ‘Submarine’,

now in the directorial chair for his feature film ‘Just Jim’ to discuss the pressures of being one of the youngest actor-turned-directors in recent history.

Match (15) | Home Ents Review

Dir. Stephen Belber, US, 2014, 92 mins

Cast:  Patrick Stewart, Carla Gugino, Matthew Lillard

2015 London Film Festival Coverage – Week 1

240 films from 72 countries over 16 cinemas all contained within 1 huge film festival. What’s there not to love?

With the 2015 London Film Festival well underway, Close-Up has a sneak peak of some of the wonderful goodies that this year’s film festival is boasting.

2015 London Film Festival Coverage – Week 2

240 films from 72 countries over 16 cinemas all contained within 1 huge film festival. What’s there not to love?

Another week and every day presenting a new opportunity to see one of the many hotly anticipated films selected to be a part of the film festival.

2015 London Film Festival Coverage – Week 3

240 films from 72 countries over 16 cinemas all contained within 1 huge film festival. What’s there not to love?

Final  week and a load more films to discuss...

Convenience (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Keri Collins, UK, 2015, 87 mins, English

Cast. Ray Panthaki, Vicky McClure, Adeel Akhtar

Machiavellian Women in Film

Machiavellianism can be defined as an individual marked by personality characteristics of cunning and duplicity.

With specific references to the writings of Florentine theorist Niccolo Machiavelli who wrote the famous political treatise

‘The Prince’ (or Il Principe), Machiavellianism largely describes the dark triad personality characteristics which is

largely seen as having a disregard for morality and an intense focus on personal gain and self interest

In commemoration of the hotly anticipated Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, we at Close-Up have decided to

celebrate all of those famous femme fatales’ that have graced our film screens over the years. 

From the evil to the downright insane, here is a short look at Machiavellian Women in film….

99 Homes (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Ramin Bahrani, US, 2015, 112 mins

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon, Laura Dern, Noah Lomax, Tim Guinee

Tangerine (R) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Sean Baker, US, 2015, 88 mins, English

Cast. Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, Mickey O’Hagan, James Ransone

Green Room (TBC) | Home Ents Review

Dir. Jeremy Saulnier, US, 2015, 94 mins

Cast: Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Anton Yelchin, Patrick Stewart, Mark Webber, Joe Cole, Macon Blair, Callum Turner

Beasts of No Nation (15) | Close-Up FIlm Review

Dir. Cary Joji Fukunaga, US, 2015, 137 mins

Cast: Abraham Attah, Idris Elba, Opeyemi Fagbohungbe, Richard Pepple, Kurt Egyiawan

The Lobster (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Yargos Lanthimos, UK, 2015, 118 mins, English

Cast:  Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, John C Riley, Jessica Barden, Olivia Coleman, Ariane Labed and Bob the Dog

Steve Jobs (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Danny Boyle, US, 2015, 122 mins

Cast:  Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, Katherine Waterston

He Named Me Malala (PG) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Davis Guggenheim, UK, 2015, 88 mins

Cast:  Malala Yousafzai, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Toor Pekai Yousafzai, Khushal Yousafzai

Blood of My Blood (Sangue del mio sangue) (15) | Close-Up Film Review

Dir. Marco Bellocchio, Italy, 2015, 106 mins, in Italian with English subtitles

Cast:  Roberto Herlitzka, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Alba Rohrwacher, Lidiya Liberman,  Federica Fracassi


Rigor Mortis (2013) | Review

Rigor Mortis begins with a corpse. A woman slain, as the remnants of her struggle appear scattered across the scene.

The film opens with this very candid comment from the film’s principal character, a washed-up actor

who is tired of smiling, and even more tired of life.






You may or may not have noticed but the current film industry is loving everything related to ‘espionage’ (of or relating to spies for political intelligence)

and here at ShowFilmFirst we are going to give you a run down of some of our favourite already and soon-to-be-released espionage related films,