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A letter to the daughter

Julieta, dir. Pedro Almodovar│ Pedro Almodóvar has built his reputation on skilfully reappropriating the Sirkian melodrama to tell gripping & often borderline grotesque stories of women in modern day Spain. His 2011 Frankenstein-like incestuous love story The Skin I Live In used fantasy and horror to explore the intricacies of family relationships and the traumatised… Read more »

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The People Garden, dir. Nadia Litz │Nadia Litz’s tragically poetic second feature, The People Garden, had me at its use of “Running Up That Hill” as the soundtrack for what turns out to be a deceitfully upbeat introduction. The popular Kate Bush song is both sensual and punchy in a very 80s-dance-music style, and appositely… Read more »

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A Seductive Dance

The Dancer, dir. Stéphanie di Giusto│Marie-Louise Fuller never really fitted anywhere. As a cattle girl in America with her French father, she spent her time drawing and rehearsing Salomé. Later, as an artist, she refused to rely on over-exposure or advances from powerful men to reach recognition. Based on a true story, Stéphanie di Giusto’s debut… Read more »

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Hirokazu Kore-eda: Nie przypominałem dziecka

Our Little Sister, dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda│„Czułem, że powinienem zachowywać się jak dorosły i powinienem być grzeczny – żeby nie przynosić mojej rodzinie więcej kłopotów. Nie chciałem zawieść rodziców. Nie mogłem też zachowywać się jak kapryśny dzieciak, ciągać ich i marudzić, żeby mi coś kupili. Oczywiście, w pewnym momencie dostrzegłem, że różnię się od innych dzieci,… Read more »

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A blast from the past

A Bigger Splash, dir. Luca Guadagnino │Loud drums accompany the closing of Marianne Lane’s concert with the crowd going crazy in a full stadium. The camera follows her as she gets off the stage. Cut. The loud soundscape is harshly interrupted by silence. We find Marianne who is lying at the poolside with Paul. Only… Read more »

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Tajemnica matki

I Don’t Belong Anywhere – The Cinema of Chantal Akerman, dir. Marianne Lambert│Bruksela, Tel Aviv, Nowy Jork, Paryż. Chantal Akerman jest wszędzie. Nie przynależy nigdzie. Nigdzie nie pasuje i pasować nie chce. „Nie pokazujcie moich filmów na festiwalach gejowskich, żydowskich i feministycznych” – mówi w dokumencie Marianne Lambert zmarła w październiku zeszłego roku reżyserka. Ona… Read more »

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The Sadness

A Quiet Passion, dir. Terence Davies │ ‘You’ve got a life. I’ve got a routine’ replies Emily to her sister-in-law as they sit together in the living room, in the middle of the night. It is at this time of day that Emily finds the peace and quiet she needs to write her poetry, and… Read more »

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Road to Adulthood

Being 17, dir. André Téchiné│ Adolescence is a time of discoveries, challenges and choices, often too numerous and too complex for a film to do them justice. Yet every once in a while, a filmmaker comes along and manages to trace, with compassion and understanding, the connections between the hesitations and outbursts that make youth… Read more »

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Ta pierwsza wiosna

Zud, dir. Marta Minorowicz│„Szukałam tematu, który byłby na tyle mocno osadzony w przyrodzie, aby czynić z niej autonomicznego bohatera” – mówi Marta Minorowicz, autorka „Zud” pokazywanego w sekcji Generation Kplus tegorocznego festiwalu filmowego w Berlinie.