Cinema Escapist

Explore and connect the world through a cinematic lens

Europe

The Rise and Fall of the Turkish “Mockbuster”

BY

Cult Film enthusiast Timon Singh explores the strange story of how Turkey became the home of cinema’s most curious rip-offs.

Review: “Medan vi Lever” Showcases Complex Identity Crises

BY

The struggle of finding your place in an increasingly globalized world is examined in this Gambian-Swedish dramedy.

“The Islands and the Whales” Tells of the Faroes—and Maybe the E.U.

BY

Pilot whale hunts are a long-held tradition in the Faroe Islands. Challenges to the hunt on the basis of mercury poisoning bring up deep questions...

Political Thriller “Occupied” Shows Western Democracy Bent to Russia’s Will

BY

This prescient show depicts Norway under Russian control; its second season is now on Netflix.

In “The Young Karl Marx,” Youthful Charisma Defines an Icon

BY

The film paints Sherlock-Holmesian sketch of a man whose memory, to put it mildly, is tinged by whatever ideologies prevail.

“Souvenir” Creator Bavo Defurne: Fragile Emotions are Universal

BY

Bavo Defurne is interested in the subtle emotions that film can capture with details of dialogue and visual depth. In this conversation, he talks about...

French Animated Shorts Exhibit Humor—and the Macabre

BY

The Francophone world brings us some of the best animation out there. In this year's Oscar-nominated animated shorts, the French give us big laughs, with...

“Breaking Point” Director Mark Jonathan Harris: Why Ukraine’s Struggle for Democracy is Still Relevant

BY

The two-time Oscar-winning director's latest film depicts Ukraine's Euromaidan Revolution and its aftermath.

Films Like Netflix’s “One of Us” Reflect a Surge of Interest in New York’s Hasids

BY

New York's Hasidic Jewish community has seen a recent resurgence of cinematic depictions.

Review: In “Rock’n Roll”, Marion Cotillard plays herself to comic effect

BY

A biting comedy about the ego of celebrity and the pain of getting old, starring Marion Cotillard and Guillaume Canet.