Boyd van Hoeij

Critic

France

Boyd van Hoeij is a Dutch-born freelance film writer based in Paris and Luxembourg. He was a critic for the U.S. trade paper Variety (2008-2013) before moving to The Hollywood Reporter, where he now reviews films from all the major international festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice and Toronto. He’s also the film editor of Winq magazine (Netherlands) and regularly contributes to De Filmkrant (Netherlands), East (Italy) and Indiewire (U.S.).

The Harvesters/Die Stropers

Date: 14 May 2018 Category: TV/Film
7.0 Rating
A slow-burning and increasingly suffocating variation on the myth of Cain and Abel, The Harvesters (Die Stropers) is the impressive feature debut from Greek-South African filmmaker Etienne Kallos. Set on the flat farmlands of central Free State province, this moody, boiling-beneath-the-surface drama, largely in Afrikaans, is yet another incisive exploration of one of the numerous and complex facets of masculinity in South African culture after su ...

Beauty and the Dogs (La Belle et la Meute)

Date: 14 Jul 2017 Category: TV/Film
7.0 Rating
Tunisian female director Kaouther Ben Hania's feature stars a fierce Mariam Al Ferjani as a woman who has to go to the police to report she's been raped by several policemen. For her jump from documentary to fiction, Tunisian distaff director Kaouther Ben Hania has chosen both a controversial true story — a woman who was raped by several local policemen has to decide whether to stay silent or report the crime… to the local police — and a s ...

Lamb

Date: 20 May 2015 Category: TV/Film
8.0 Rating
Ethiopian filmmaker Yared Zeleke's first feature looks at a little boy who loves cooking much more than plowing the land A young Ethiopian boy and his rust-colored ewe are the protagonists of Lamb, the beautifully crafted if rather familiar first feature from Yared Zeleke. Unusually, this is the second year in a row a feature from Ethiopia debuts at a major festival, after Difret, which was executive produced by Angelina Jolie, premiered in Su ...

As I Open My Eyes

Date: 05 Sep 2015 Category: TV/Film
8.0 Rating
Tunisian filmmaker Leyla Bouzid's feature debut stars Ghalia Benali as a mother who has a hard time keeping her rebellious rock chick daughter in check. The young female singer of a Tunisian rock group struggles to reconcile her desire to instigate change and enjoy more freedom with her sheltered upbringing in As I Open My Eyes (A peine j’ouvre les yeux), from debuting director Leyla Bouzid. Though the story hits mostly familiar notes, this ...