A character-based drama in the guise of noir, "Retornos" tells the story of a man haunted by the death of his lover and the disintegration of his family. Starring Xavier Estevez, this debut feature from writer-director Luis Aviles Baquero is an unpretentious gem.
Betrayal is rife in "Gibraltar". Gille Lellouche stars as a morally compromised businessman turned drug informant. Unjustly imprisoned by his own government, "Gibraltar" is based on the true-life story of Marc Fievet.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, television personalities are stuck at home in front of their computer screens while broadcasting. Watching the parade of talking heads has led me to a new appreciation of the art of camera movement.
Women's experience of war inspired writer-director Eva Husson's film "Girls of the Sun". Set in Iraq, this unusual drama tells the story of a woman kidnapped by ISIS who then leads a group of female soldiers in the fight against terrorism.
Although the tidal wave of refugees landing on Lampedusa's shores has receded, the island still witnesses tragedies at sea. The emotional toll exacted on first responders is illustrated in "Lampedusa", a two-part television drama produced in Italy and starring Claudio Amendola.