Cut & Wrapped

This week's new films from fashion docs and film festivals to the latest Tarantino

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NEW FILM OF THE WEEK: Django Unchained

Quentin Tarantino’s back with the same brazen chutzpah that gave us Inglourious Basterds, with another take on established history that’s pulpy, brutal, and brilliantly subversive. Set in the American South two years before the Civil War, it sees freed slave Django (Jamie Foxx) team up with a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) in their respective searches. Out on 18 January.

DOCUMENTARY OF THE WEEK: In and Out of Fashion

A kaleidoscopic montage of the work of influential fashion photographer and filmmaker William Klein, narrated by the man himself. It includes rare footage he shot of Yves Saint Laurent's very first catwalk show, which served as the inspiration for Klein's 1966 debut feature Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, a satire on the excesses of the fashion world. Screening at London's Tate Modern on January 20.

TRAILER OF THE WEEK: The Secret Disco Revolution

A goldmine of vintage clips, this comically irreverent doc from director Jamie Kastner charts the revolutionary impact of the early days of disco, arguing its boundary-melting, glittery hedonism opened up '70s America for women, gays and blacks. Screening at the Rotterdam Film Festival on January 27.

OLD FILM OF THE WEEK: The Tenant

The last of Roman Polanski's Apartment trilogy, this warped 1976 thriller bears his trademark dark, absurdist humour. The director has the title role as the new renter of a Paris apartment whose previous tenant, an Egyptologist, hurled himself out the window. Isabelle Adjani (responsible for our fave demented on-screen freak-out, in Andrzej Zulawski's '80s Possession) also stars. On at London's BFI Southbank on 23 January.

EVENT OF THE WEEK: Rotterdam Film Festival

The 42nd edition of the Rotterdam International Film Festival is set to kick off in the Netherlands, screening some of the best in new global cinema. As well as the main Tiger Competition of features from talented newcomers, we're looking forward to the latest from Harmony Korine, Miike Takashi, Cristi Puiu and Ulrich Seidl. The festival runs from 23 January to 3 February in Rotterdam.

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