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Stopa

Dogs, dir. Bogdan Mirică│„Ten film nie wziął się z żadnej konkretnej historii czy wydarzenia. Skupiłem w nim raczej wszystkie moje uczucia, które towarzyszyły mi w dzieciństwie, gdy jeździłem do dziadka na wieś i obserwowałem konflikty pomiędzy mieszkańcami miasteczka. To było przerażające. Oni nie walczyli ze sobą o coś; nie wyciągali siekiery i nie torowali sobie… Read more »

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We mgle

A Gentle Creature, dir. Sergei Loznitsa │Bezimienna kobieta z “Łagodnej” to kolejna w kinie Łoźnicy postać snująca się po wielkiej Rosji w mikroskali. Wysyłana od okienka do okienka, od urzędu do urzędu, od biurka do biurka. Za każdym razem odchodząca z pustymi rękami i bez odpowiedzi. Zanurzająca się coraz bardziej w tajemnicę ufundowaną na chorym… Read more »

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Tomek chował zęby w ścianach

Beksińskis. A Sound and Picture Album, dir. Marcin Borchardt│„Na co dzień wszyscy siedzimy w celi śmierci” – mówi na jednym z nagrań Zdzisław Beksiński. On umiał żyć z tą myślą i – i jak twierdził – potrafił żyć z depresją. Jego syn – nie. Tomek był śmiercią opętany, kilkakrotnie próbował popełnić samobójstwo, miał wstręt do… Read more »

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Real Hollywood Movie

The Disaster Artist, dir. James Franco│ The past few years have seen James Franco trying to make a name for himself as a director, after establishing a persona as a committed actor and visual artist. His various efforts as a filmmaker, in particular his series of Faulkner and Steinbeck adaptations (plus a shot at Cormac… Read more »

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Dear deer

On Body and Soul, Dir. Ildikó Enyedi│Ildikó Enyedi’s On Body and Soul’s almost pensive dramatic explorations of the relationships between the bodily and the ethereal begin in a particularly unusual and captivating manner. Instead of being greeted to human characters, we are met by two deer, caught in a kind of intimate tranquillity in a… Read more »

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How I fell in love

Ana, mon amour, dir. Călin Peter Netzer│ Having already fallen in love with Ana, mon amour at Berlinale this year, I was saddened to find that it was beginning to experience a bit of backlash in its native country by the time it reached The Romanian Days section of the 16th Transilvanian Film Festival. Some… Read more »

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It could only happen to a teenager

Heartstone, dir. Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson│Ever since Grímur Hákonarson won Un Certain Regard with Rams back in 2015 and Baltasar Kormákur’s Everest opened Venice a few month later, the latest crop of Icelandic directors seem to have been unmistakably on a high. It’s almost with some trepidation that we now begin to wonder whether this close-knit,… Read more »

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Words don’t come easy

Bright Sunshine In, dir. Claire Denis│When it was announced that Claire Denis’s next film was going to be a comedy, a mixture of excitement and uncertainty was felt among critics. The French director is mostly known for her sensual and often very dark cinema, and while humour does appear throughout her oeuvre, it isn’t really… Read more »

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Ghostliness

Tenants, dir. Klara Kochańska│I remember reading a New York Times piece that qualified the Łódź Film School in Poland as “a school with a sense of place” and wondering about its many motives and clauses. Fortunately now I can finally fathom the almost cult status that has long been attached to the school and its… Read more »