Strickland is a filmmaker of rare talent, a technically gifted craftsman who relies heavily on artistic instinct.
For the uninitiated, experiencing an entirely new cinematic style can be a lot to take in, so we’ve organized this year’s slate into two categories: those made in Iran with full knowledge and support from the authorities, and those made subversively or under conditions of questionable legality.
"I have a huge empathy for not only the people in service who deserve enormous respect and gratitude, but also the people left behind who are sacrificing their lives and their partners’ for the benefit of all of us."
From Annie to Exodus: Gods and Kings, Interstellar to The Theory of Everything, we celebrate all that is soulless in prestige film.
Eru help us all if Peter Jackson ever decides to adapt War and Peace.
The next time you hear someone blame a conspicuous gender imbalance in a given field on a lack of "qualified female applicants," hold that dude’s feet to the fire and point him to Etheria Film Night, a celebration of women’s contributions to genre filmmaking.