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Karlovy Vary Review: Concert Movie ‘Björk: Biophilia Live’

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • July 14, 2014 12:01 PM
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Bjork: Biophilia Live
For better or worse, we do approach any new project from impish Icelandic enchantress Björk with an expectation of weird. And it’s an expectation that her Biophilia album and concert tour, of which this film is a record, clearly delivered on. Prologued by a David Attenborough voiceover, it's really an exhilarating, sometimes mystifying extended riff on one major theme: we are on the brink of a revolution that exists at the creative nexus of nature, music and technology.

Ben Wheatley To Produce 'Berberian Sound Studio' Director Peter Strickland's 'The Duke of Burgundy'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • December 13, 2012 10:41 AM
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In each successive picture since his 2009 black comedy “Down Terrace,” filmmaker Ben Wheatley has continually evaded expectation to create a swirl of genre delights, from his hitman horror “Kill List” to this year's “Sightseers.” He's also taken a liking to producing for others as well, and as befitting his modus operandi thus far, his latest project concerns a director unique in his vision.

'Berberian Sound Studio' Director Peter Strickland Adapting Penelope Fitzgerald's 'The Beginning Of Spring'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • October 18, 2012 5:41 PM
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Between 2009’s brutal thriller “Katalin Varga” and this year’s audio-based horror-thriller “Berberian Sound Studio,” British director Peter Strickland has found himself receiving no end of critical praise. The latter, his most recent feature, was released in the U.K. towards the end of August and has played to North American audiences at TIFF, Fantastic Fest, and most recently the New York Film Festival, to a generally positive reception.

NYFF: Director Peter Strickland Talks 'Berberian Sound Studio,' Toby Jones & The Forced Digital Revolution

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 13, 2012 1:03 PM
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Aspiring filmmakers should take note of British helmer Peter Strickland -- with few shorts under his belt and a small wad of cash (about £25,000 which was spent mostly on film stock), the director headed to Hungary and shot an atmospheric, deeply nuanced movie and spent the next two years tweaking the edit and soundsphere. “Katalin Varga” was born, and though its distribution left something to be desired, the movie itself was one of the most impressive feature debuts in a long time -- cheaply shot on celluloid and highly masterful, absent were the hiccups or generous shots of people-talking-in-apartments that are contained in most first feature attempts.

TIFF Review: 'Berberian Sound Studio' Is An Unnerving, Original Psychological Horror Anchored By The Great Toby Jones

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 10, 2012 9:00 AM
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People love movies about the making of movies. Well, that's perhaps an exaggeration -- general audiences have a history of some apathy towards the genre. But filmmakers certainly love films that go behind the scenes of their own business, from "8 1/2" to last year's Oscar winner "The Artist," and cinephiles tend to eat them up as well. But most examples of the type tend to focus on the making of the movie, with a handful, like "Adaptation," following the gestation and writing of a film, but very few have ever focused on the point at which many filmmakers say their movies actually come together: post-production.

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