Lebanon (2009)

War wounds

For a film set almost entirely within the confines of a military tank, Lebanon is surprisingly far-reaching both in terms of its accomplishment and its impact. The recipient of the Golden Lion at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, it’s an intense, claustrophobic and remarkable tribute to the strength of humanity under extreme duress.

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All Tomorrow’s Parties (DVD)

Best of the fest

If the thought of a musical festival summons images of muddy fields, windswept tents, toilets from hell and ticket prices that require a re-mortgage, you’ve obviously never heard of All Tomorrow’s Parties. These independent weekenders held throughout the year at British holiday camps are the genius of Scottish band Belle and Sebastian, who invite musicians and other creatives to curate three days of live music, movies and arts and the results are – according, at least, to this excellent documentary – a slice of hedonistic heaven.

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