French new wave: François Ozon shooting his film Young & Beautiful

François Ozon first came to prominence in 1998, when Sitcom, his debut feature, won over critics and an international audience. The Paris-born film-ma(...)

The Golden Bear for Best film trophy, awarded to Iranian dissident director Jafar Panahi in absentia for his film Taxi, is on display at the award winners press conference after the closing ceremony of the 65th International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin. Photograph: AFP

Banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi,’ which shows a cab driver meeting an odd assortment of people around Tehran but is really a condemnati(...)

Alys Harte, presenter of Abortion: Ireland’s Guilty Secret? on BBC Three

A documentary on abortion in Ireland when there isn’t a “hard case” propelling it into the headlines is unusual. It’s a subject that ebbs and flows(...)

Death becomes them: Olivia Colman and David Tennant in ‘Broadchurch’

Watching Broadchurch (TV3, Monday) after the first part of RTÉ’s Charles Haughey trilogy was like stepping out of the theatre and into fresh air. (...)

 Samuel Beckett. Photograph:  IC Rapoport/Getty Images

Michael Gambon is concentrating on his spaghetti bolognese, and on keeping it away from his green tweed jacket, when he announces: “Oh, Beckett is gre(...)

The Sea

In recent years, John Banville has turned to writing crime fiction of a noirish hue. Somewhat surprisingly, this efficient, elegant adaptation (...)

That look: Charlotte Rampling in ‘The Sea’

There’s a moment in the new film adaptation of John Banville’s The Sea when suffering, sear(...)

Jeune et Jolie (Young & Beautiful)

We’re all grown up now. We’re in the “Common Market”. We even have the odd sidewalk cafe. But it’s hard to shake the stubborn notion that the French a(...)

H H Here’s a strange film made for nobody in particular by people who should kn(...)