This edition of AV Festival, held in Newcastle and Gateshead, asks: can socialist concerns and agendas be rehabilitated for today’s anxious times?

In the artists’ film strand, Margaret Salmon, Basma Alsharif and Martine Syms showed a strong emphasis on people, place and storytelling

Ahead of the Oscars the director of the art world satire talks about making the real-life Square, the Swedish monarchy and male moral failure

The Barbadian filmmaker, recipient of this year’s Margaret Tait Award, is intent on disrupting institutional complacency

The mythic time of comic-book narrative represents a fatal challenge to the film’s transcendent politics

From the controversial winner of the Golden Bear to Morgan Fisher's homage to Bruce Conner – to possibly the bleakest film ever made

A series of ‘magical transformations’: Tacita Dean’s new work launches across three institutions in London

Naeem Mohaiemen’s films reflect on recent histories of the global radical Left

With the arrival of the first superhero film to feature a black lead since 1998's Blade, a reading list on black comic-book culture

‘That moment, that smile’: collaborators of the filmmaker pay tribute to a force in California's film and music scenes and a vital friend and ally

How documentary filmmakers are experimenting with historical narratives to better understand the present

Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film is both gorgeous and troubling in equal measure