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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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A kiss is not enough in

Call Me by Your Name, dir. Luca Guadagnino│ Summertime, somewhere in Northern Italy. The sun is high and apricots are ripe. The elderly cook is back to make her freshest meals, mom is reading, dad researching his Greek statues. The days are long for 17-year-old Elio (Timothée Chalamet) and spent listening to and transcribing classical… 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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Possesion

The Untamed, dir. Amat Escalante│After employing social realism in focusing on cartel drug war in his previous work, Heli, which won the award for Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival, Mexican director Amat Escalante explores another dirty side of Mexican reality, appalled by the lack of humanity of a news article titled „Faggot Drowned”…. Read more »

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Freak, but never a hippie

Eat That Question-Frank Zappa in His Own Words, dir.  Thorsten Schutte│How to capture an artist who played multiple instruments, composed, conducted and produced a wide range of music, as well as directed films and acted in them? Frank Zappa was a complex personality, a self proclaimed „freak, but never a hippie”, who was a puzzle… 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 »

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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 »