London-based illustratorEssy Maycaptures and reframes the film as a throwback to the giants of cerebral science fiction, such as Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and Andrei Tarkovsky’s Solaris. Her digitally coloured graphite drawings are steeped in nostalgia and dreaminess, harking back to the classic sci-fi aesthetics of the 1970s and ’80s.
Influenced by the wonder of the cosmos (her uncle is a renowned astronomer) and the visual energy of classic small creature B-movies. Essy hand drew this cover with a fine technical pencil and used digital colours to complete the look.
Claire de Lune David Jenkins writes on the life-altering qualities found in the films of this vital, singular director, and meets her to chat about her cosmic freakout, High Life.
Altered States Hannah Woodhead talks to Robert Pattinson about his chameleonic acting career, and he explains why he worships at the altar of Claire Denis.
American Dreams Elena Lazic surveys the career of Juliette Binoche, focusing exclusively on her work in English-language films.
2069: A Space Erotica Odyssey Charles Bramesco voyages to the outer-reaches of the galaxy in search of a cinematic good time. discussion of her cosmic freak-out, High Life.
The Claire Denis Solar System The films of the French maestro presented as their own majestic celestial map.
The Sensual World Five personal essays explore the cinematic landscape of Claire Denis, each inspired by one of the five senses.
Threads Christina Newland’s column on fashion and film explores the iconic mystique of the space helmet.
In the back section…
Hannah Woodhead talks immersive performance and cats with Josephine Decker, director of the wonderful Madeline’s Madeline; Manuela Lazic picks apart the poetic modern slavery parable, Happy as Lazzaro, with its director, Alice Rohrwacher; David Jenkins talks LA, RPG computer games and filming toilets with David Robert Mitchell, director of Under the Silver Lake; and Hannah Woodhead talks to Bo Burnham and Elsie Fisher, director and star of middle school-set comedy of teen manners, Eighth Grade.
Plus, reviews of the key new releases for March, April and May; a deep dive into the work and career of Hong Kong action maestro, Sammo Hung, by Nick Pinkerton; Jaime Christley and David Jenkins offer some home entertainment picks; Hannah Woodhead reports back on her revelatory trip to the Sundance Film Festival; Matt Turner explores the intersection between memes and movies at the Rotterdam Film Festival; and Ian Mantgani pans for gold at the Berlin Film Festival.