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Truth in Every Joke

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, dir. Martin McDonagh │Martin McDonagh’s films, in particular In Bruges (2008), are known for their eloquent  vulgarity and the script for Three Billboards is undeniably extremely witty and absurd. Yet what takes the film beyond the point of being simply enjoyable is its ever- surprising emotional depth. For every half-thought-out… Read more »

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Journey with an end

Untilted, dir. Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi│Untitled was meant to be an experimental journey for the Austrian director Michael Glawogger.

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Wuthering Heights

God’s Own Country, dir. Francis Lee│The title of Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country refers to a phrase of endearment used by people in Yorkshire to describe their own deeply idiosyncratic part of the world – something the director slowly dissects at length. Himself a Yorkshireman, Lee has taken the support of Creative England’s low-budget first… Read more »

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Just kidding

Redoubtable, dir. Michel Hazanavicius│That the great French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard hasn’t always been a very kind man isn’t news to anyone. His rebelliousness is in fact the very reason why he was such an important and controversial figure at a time when French –and European- cinema was in a state of limbo in… Read more »

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Death of ambition

Park, dir. Sofia Exarchou│It’s a well-documented fact that Larry Clark’s Kids was a game changer when it was release, commenting as it did on the mood of a young generation and the risky sex culture they were growing up in. Well, Sofia Exarchou’s Park is like an homage to that mixed with a healthy dash… Read more »

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Manifestujemy co tydzień

Occidental, dir. Neïl Beloufa│ „Politycy potrzebują przybyszów z zewnątrz, żeby nie zajmować się poważniejszymi problemami. I tak przecież nie umieją im zaradzić” – mówi Neïl Beloufa, autor „Occidental” pokazywanego na festiwalu filmowym w Berlinie. Francuski reżyser odwołał się w nim do mechanizmów stereotypu, reakcji na obcego i uprzedzeń, które pozwalają ludziom wyciągać broń szybciej niż… Read more »

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Who is the victim

Elle, dir. Paul Verhoeven │While in the past Dutch-born director Paul Verhoeven pushed Hollywood boundaries with films such as Robocop, Starship Troupers or Basic Instinct, his first French-language movie Elle is by far his most troubling and uncomfortably funny piece of work. With just the right amount of perversion, violence, seduction, manipulation, and a drop… Read more »

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Drogówka

The Road Movie, dir. Dmitry Kalashnikov│W „Road Movie” Dmitry Kalashnikov przemierzył Rosję wzdłuż i w szerz…nie ruszając się sprzed ekranu komputera. Szperając po internecie znalazł miliony filmów z rosyjskich wypadków i innych przygód rodaków na drogach. Złożył z tego obraz kraju usianego absurdami, szaleństwem,  niebezpieczeństwami i niespodziewanymi spotkaniami na trasie.

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Taking the Edge Off Things

The Edge of Seventeen, dir. Kelly Fremon Craig│Though it seemed at least initially rather out of place in the programme at TIFF this year, the mainstream teen movie The Edge of Seventeen fully deserved to be seen by film critics and a festival audience before being released in cinemas and on VOD platforms. For, under… Read more »