Short films - Brief encounters of the increasingly popular kind

Short films are the fastest-growing section of the movie business, with major directors, big brands, and web guerillas all using them to reach big audiences.

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With starring roles in three very different films at this week's Toronto Film Festival, Andrea Riseborough is being hailed as cinema's most exciting and versatile newcomer. James Mottram meets her

Never Let Me Go, Toronto Film Festival

The age of the principal protagonist in this adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's novel has been reduced from 31 to 28 to facilitate the use of the cream of young British acting talent – Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield.

First Night: 127 Hours, Toronto Film Festival

Uncomfortable viewing, but a compelling piece of work

Brighton Rock, Toronto Film Festival

It coasts along quite nicely

First Night: Hereafter, Toronto Film Festival

Eastwood may be 80 – but latest film shows he's not stuck in his ways

The Town, Venice Film Festival

Three years ago, actor turned director Ben Affleck surprised critics with his highly accomplished debut feature, Gone Baby Gone, a disturbing, morally ambiguous drama about the search for an abducted kid. The Town, a thriller about Boston bank robbers, is a more conventional assignment, but it underlines Affleck's credentials as an actor's director. The plotting is strictly formulaic. What gives the film heft and pathos are the character performances and Affleck's vivid use of his Boston locations.

First Night: I'm Still Here, Venice film festival

Phoenix emerges from the flames – but is new film real?

First Night: A Letter To Elia, Venice Film Festival

Scorsese on communists and prostitutes' sons

British films prove a hit at Venice

Isaac Julien joins veterans Martin Scorsese and Catherine Deneuve on the Lido

Miral, Venice Film Festival

American artist-turned film-maker Julian Schnabel follows up on his intimate and claustrophobic The Diving Bell and the Butterly (about a stroke victim) with a full-blown epic looking at the Palestinian struggle from 1948 until the mid-1990s. Miral is plodding at times, choppily edited and unevenly performed. It has very little of the aesthetic polish of Schnabel's earlier work and the director is bound to be accused by his critics of political naivete. However, it's also a courageous and groundbreaking film. There aren't any other movies that spring to mind from Oscar-nominated directors that look at post-war Middle Eastern history from the point of view of Palestinian women.

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