REVIEW ROUNDUP: COLUMBUS, TEHRAN TABOO AND THE SILVER BRANCH

We’ve got three new releases at the IFI from Friday October 5th: Columbus, Tehran Taboo and The Silver Branch. Read on for a selection of reviews or pop in to make up your own mind!

COLUMBUS
“this is a challengingly intelligent film, and Richardson is just superb”
4/5 – Guardian

“the blazing Haley Lu Richardson, wrings everything from her best-written role since The Edge of Seventeen”
4/5 – Irish Times

“a fine debut feature from the Japanese video essayist Kogonada”
4/5 – RTE

“A poetic spellbinder about two strangers bonding over modern architecture”
3.5/4 – Rolling Stone

“Columbus is a feast for the eyes, but its more lasting impression is on the heart”
indieWire

“Lovely and tender, marking Kogonada as an auteur to watch”
Variety

TEHRAN TABOO
“The script crackles with such bleak little jokes like this, relieving the tension in a work that could otherwise prove overwhelmingly depressing and borderline melodramatic”
4/5 – Guardian

“Bustling tableaux and affecting performances tease out the contradictions of a city where a mobile phone can be used to reinforce archaic laws”
4/5 – Irish Times

“An audacious, if somewhat didactic, debut”
Hollywood Reporter

“Like no Iranian movie I’ve seen, Tehran Taboo reveals the routine hypocrisy of people who observe and even enforce a strict religious code but secretly indulge in the pleasures of the flesh”
3/4 – Chicago Reader

“These tales are brimming with urgency and conflict and serve as powerful reminders of the liberties and autonomy those of us living in the free world too often take for granted”
LA Times

THE SILVER BRANCH
“The Silver Branch is an absorbing, brilliant film that should be honoured everywhere prizes are given”
4/5 – RTE

“Beautifully shot, thoughtful documentary on the poet Patrick McCormack, who led resistance against plans to build an “interpretive centre” in the Burren”
4/5 – Irish Times 

“What elevates this film, however, is its extraordinary ability to pair its visuals with Patrick McCormack’s narration”
Film Ireland

 


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