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Days of Independence

Khibula, dir. George Ovashvili│ Transitions from one political system into another are never easy. Especially if a country is just gaining its independence. Until ideological theory turns into political practice, one can never know how the former dissidents will behave as statesmen and how the opposition, as well as the general public, will react to… Read more »

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East meets West

Western, dir. Valeska Grisebach│Germany has not just lingered at the intersection of the East and West, it has properly experienced being both. Dealing with the past like that is something that the Germans have obsessed ever since, and it has shaped our cinematic landscape like nothing else, resulting in endless stream of films about the… Read more »

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Big Girls Don’t Cry

The Beguiled, dir. Sofia Coppola│With The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola chose a story well suited to her interest in female desire and the insensitivity of men. When a little girl finds Irish Corporal John McBurney (Colin Farrell) in dire straits in some luxurious South Virginia woods and takes him to her half-empty all-female seminary, the wounded… Read more »

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Hunting the dream

Ismael’s Ghosts, dir. Arnaud Desplechin│ The ethereal quality of Arnaud Desplechin’s films makes it often quite difficult to write about them, and his 2017 Cannes Film Festival opener Ismael’s Ghosts isn’t an exception. Yet this elusiveness, together with a sense of often overwhelming ambition, make this particular film possibly the best picture we have of… Read more »

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Coming of Age in Silence

Alba, dir. Ana Cristina Barragán│ With her debut feature, Ecuadorian director Ana Cristina Barragán paints the daily life and struggles of the type of character that often gets forgotten in real life. The titular Alba is not only extremely shy but also isolated, living as she does with a sick and bed-ridden mother. When she… Read more »

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Kino przetrwa wszystko

Dawson City: Frozen Time, dir. Bill Morrison│Był rok 1978 kiedy w jednym z basenów w kanadyjskim miasteczku Dawson City znaleziono paczkę z taśmami filmowymi. Ktoś próbował je bezskutecznie utopić. Wcześniej, ktoś inny chciał je spalić. Jeszcze wcześniej, ktoś jeszcze inny usiłował je zakopać. Wieki temu te taśmy wydawały się bowiem bezwartościowe. Świat szalał na punkcie… Read more »

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Anomalia

King of the Belgians, dir. Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth│Po latach pracy jako korespondent wojenny i dekadzie leczenia się z traumy, Duncan dostaje zadanie specjalne. Ma nakręcić dokument o belgijskim królu. Przedstawiający monarchię we „właściwym” świetle, pozytywny, promujący godny i odpowiednio dostojny wizerunek władzy. Wszystko odbywa się pod kontrolą specjalistów od PR-u, rzeczniczki prasowej króla i… Read more »

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Contentment with Contemptuous Content

Blue Jay, dir. Alex Lehmann│Something of a founding father for that particular indie aesthetic which reclaims awkwardness and sentimentalism as the defining characteristic of millennials, Mark Duplass seems keen to try out this sensibility in every conceivable genre and medium, adopting myriad roles in the process from producer and director to screenwriter and actor. After… Read more »

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Wszyscy na scenę

The Dazzling Light of Sunset, dir. Salome Jashi │Tsalenijkha to małe gruzińskie miasteczko, które wydaje się leżeć poza światem. Ma swój rytm, swoje rytuały, swoje radości i swoje smutki. Salome Jashi zagląda tam z kamerą i podążając za kilkoma bohaterami, próbuje wyczuć gdzie bije serce tego miejsca. W stacji lokalnej telewizji, walczącej o pokazanie ludziom… Read more »