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Steven Yates

Steven Yates

Steven Yates se graduó en Cine y Letras en la Universidad de Kent y obtuvo un M.A. en Estudios cinematográficos y de televisión en la Universidad Westminster de Londres. Ha trabajado como periodista freelance desde 1998, publicando en todo el mundo, tanto libros para Wallflower Press, como en revistas y webs, incluyendo Film International, theartsdesk.com, Vertigo y Afterimage. Vive en Berlín desde 2008, es miembro de FIPRESCI (Federación internacional de críticos de cine), ha sido jurado de numerosos festivales de cine, desde 2002, y también es editor supervisor de su web.

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Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ is a Berlinale First Day Success

Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ is a Berlinale First Day Success

The Berlinale Opening Films and Red Carpet related films, usually Out of Competition and on a comparatively less demanding first day, are usually a light and intended entertaining affair that is more geared to putting critics and audiences in feel-good festival mood rather than deliberately typifying what the Berlinale is chiefly concerned with in terms […]

The Wonderful and Frightening Life of Mark E. Smith: A Reflection and Appreciation

The Wonderful and Frightening Life of Mark E. Smith: A Reflection and Appreciation

Cantankerous, Curmudgeon, Oddity, Charming, Self-Abuser, Belligerent and Humorous are just some words that can be used to describe the enigmatic genius of outsider artist Mark E. Smith, front man and sole permanent member of Mancunian Post-Punk music group The Fall from their incarnation in 1976 to their inevitable end when Smith passed away at home […]

Bowie in Berlin: A New Career in a New Town

Bowie in Berlin: A New Career in a New Town

Two years after his death, David Bowie still excites an ongoing fascination for the music he produced in his career and the sumptuously re-packaged (not to mention expensive) recently released anthology box sets of his back catalogue on vinyl and CD are continuing evidence of the excellent body of work he recorded. In truth, although […]

52nd Karlovy Vary (30 June – 8 July, 2017): East of the West Competition

52nd Karlovy Vary (30 June – 8 July, 2017): East of the West Competition

Amongst the many different new films and retrospectives, some were in competition and also included debuts by new filmmakers. The East of the West Competition section consisted mostly of debut films from Eastern Europe and beyond, taking in a geographical panorama from Estonia: The End of the Chain (Keti lõpp) and The Man Who Looks […]

52nd Karlovy Vary Impressions (30 June – 8 July, 2017)

52nd Karlovy Vary Impressions (30 June – 8 July, 2017)

It has been around for 52 editions, and coming here for the first time feels like being central to the glitz and the glamour one would expect from a bestowed A-List film festival. Whatever first impressions might be, however, that would take credit away from what is an extensive program of carefully considered and chosen […]

“El Bar”: The Terror

“El Bar”: The Terror

Those familiar with director Álex de la Iglesia should know what to expect by now from the one-time associate of Pedro Almodóvar, and whose directorial career to date has spanned some 24 years since he took the helm for Acción mutante (Mutant Action) in 1993 (which Almodovar produced). This enfant terrible of Spanish Cinema has been […]

Letter from Berlin – The 66th Berlinale: Third Time Looking

Letter from Berlin – The 66th Berlinale: Third Time Looking

The main competition reached its halfway stage with the screening of Danis Tanovic’s, Death in Sarajevo, a parable set on 28th June 2014, the 100-year anniversary of what is historically cited as being the cause of the First World War. The film is set in a hotel in Sarajevo with all its domestic business, power […]

The 66th Berlinale: Second Impressions

The 66th Berlinale: Second Impressions

After the high profile events that were centered on Hail, Caesar! and Midnight Special in the first couple of days, the attention at the weekend moved towards less commercial films and the international competition in all its varieties. The first weekend of this year’s Berlinale came across as quite a relaxed affair despite the huge number of press and […]

Letter from Berlin: The 66th Berlinale… A “Seven-Year Itch”?

Letter from Berlin: The 66th Berlinale… A “Seven-Year Itch”?

The 66th Berlinale began on Thursday evening with the world premiere of the Coen Brothers new film Hail, Caesar! More of that shortly but, looking at the program for this year, it is something of a “same festival, different year” feeling. There’s nothing wrong with keeping a consistent formula but, for the regulars, all the recent […]

Letter from Thessaloniki – Take Four

Letter from Thessaloniki – Take Four

The main competition of the 56th Thessaloniki International Film Festival this year comprised 15 very different films which, paradoxically, had a common narrative strain of loneliness and isolation. Four of these films from Latin America were consistently very varied and innovative, thereby reminding us of the vastness and divisions of a world too often assimilated conveniently for […]