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Ahead of the 16th Edition of Kinofilm Festival Manchester, head film editor Tobias Soar attended the Spanish Shorts screening

Manchester International Film Festival opens with Traumfabrik, a romantic love story that forms part of the festival’s German Film section, writes Zofia Gryf-Lowczowska

Oh, Sorry is a eloquently written and performed short film that beautifully captures the grieving process and the acceptance that follows, writes Lily Rosenberg

Karoline Herfurth’s Stockholm syndrome-based romantic comedy Sweethearts is neither romantic nor particularly funny, writes Deputy Film Editor Josh Sandy

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Review: Little Joe

Carl Fitzgerald reviews Jessica Hausner’s “stunning” and “fantastically creepy” plant-based thriller

Oh, grow up, will you? Writers and editors of the film section come together to compile the essential list of coming-of-age films

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Alongside Mark Ruffalo’s excellent performance, Todd Haynes’ fact-based legal thriller has a powerful and timely ecological message, writes Patrick Jones O’Brien

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And Then We Danced is a deeply emotional, subtle romance which avoids preachiness and pretentiousness by conveying its message through music and dance, writes Michal Wasilewski

In his 2000 adaptation of Hubert Selby Jr.’s novel, Darren Aronofsky creates a disturbing vision of isolation and addiction that remains just as today, writes James McCafferty

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 2000 directorial debut Amores perros provides a look into the class structure in Mexico City that is still relevant today, writes Zofia Gryf-Lowczowska

Featuring a standout performance from Elizabeth Moss, Leigh Whannell’s adaptation of HG Wells’ 1897 novel is a masterclass in updating a classic character for the 21st century, writes Carl Fitzgerald

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Review: Midnight Family

A combination of Midnight Family’s thrilling cinematography and enthralling ethically complex subject matter make it a must-see documentary, writes Zofia Gryf-Lowczowska

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In celebration of Manchester’s upcoming Women In Media, this week’s recommendation column features the film section’s writers and editors highlighting their favourite female-directed films