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The Other End of The Spectrum of Life

L’Avenir, dir. Mia Hansen-Løve│When we first see Nathalie (Isabelle Huppert) in Mia Hansen-Løve’s new film L’Avenir, a cloudy and cold sea surrounds her as she sits in a boat in Brittany. Cosily enveloped in the mist, she attentively corrects a philosophy paper while her family looks at the scenery on the deck. As soon as… Read more »

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Perspective and Distance

One Floor Below, dir. Radu Muntean │ There’s no such as thing as black and white, right or wrong, in Radu Muntean’s fifth feature One Floor Below. For a filmmaker whose previous film Tuesday, After Christmas was described as “emotionally exploitative” by Slant Magazine, and “like an uncomfortable intrusion into the intimacy of other people”… Read more »

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Nazywam się Yo

Yo, dir. Matías Meyer │„Nazywam się Yo i mam piętnaście lat. Przynajmniej tak mówią mi wszyscy dookoła” – twierdzi chłopak wyglądający jak przerośnięty nastolatek, któremu być może po prostu wygodniej było utknąć w tym młodocianym wieku. Choć Yo nie do końca ogarnia świat, nie potrafi kontrolować swojego ciała, myśli i emocji, nie odróżnia dobra od… Read more »

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Kunszt i wolność

Francofonia, reż. Alexander Sokurov │ Listem miłosnym do sztuki jest ostatni film Alexandra Sokurova. Rosyjski twórca śle go z okopów – sam nie tworzy już w ojczyźnie opętanej cenzurą, dlatego staje w obronie twórczości ponad podziałami, sztuki potężniejszej niż polityka i będącej przyczółkiem porozumienia zwaśnionych rodów. Walka w jego filmie trwa zażarta, ani razu nie… Read more »

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Nić przeznaczenia

Moira, dir. Levan Tutberidze │„Chciałem, żeby ten film miał kolor rdzy i żelaza” – mówi Levan Tutberidze, autor „Moiry”, która ma ambicje sięgające klasycznego greckiego dramatu obleczone w szaty gangsterskiego thrillera. Los, przeznaczenie i możliwość ludzkiego wpływania na boskie wyroki nie pierwszy raz zajmują gruzińskiego reżysera.

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Mercy and Vengeance

The Assassin, dir. Hou Hsiao-hsien│ Eight years since his last feature film, the Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao Hsien has graced international audiences with his newly released film The Assassin– reclaiming his status as a cinematic historian capable of crafting tales through a mosaic of moments and establishing a past with a fleeting beat.

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Tender story

Rams, dir. Grímur Hákonarson │When one thinks about Iceland, it’s pretty evident to imagine its vigorous and inspiring nature – a notion more commonly known than its cinema. Even though the Icelandic cinema has been silently blooming since the early 90’s, it gets easily forgotten next to more internationally successful Scandinavian countries like Denmark or… Read more »

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Small Things

Thirst, dir. Svetla Tsotsorkova│As viewers it’s always interesting and appealing to learn through the language of cinema about life in other countries; their culture, their people, their routines, their characters. When they show us out of the ordinary stories, that is even more evocative and they more effusively call our attention. In the case of… Read more »

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Under the Cherry Trees

An, dir. Naomi Kawase│Under the blossoming cherry trees, two very different people, Sentaro and Tokue, strike an unlikely friendship. He is a disillusioned man who earns a living by running a tiny doriyaki pancakes restaurant, and she is an adorable, slightly batty elderly lady who is determined to get a job there.