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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Truth in Every Joke

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, dir. Martin McDonagh │Martin McDonagh’s films, in particular In Bruges (2008), are known for their eloquent  vulgarity and the script for Three Billboards is undeniably extremely witty and absurd. Yet what takes the film beyond the point of being simply enjoyable is its ever- surprising emotional depth. For every half-thought-out… Read more »

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 »

Journey with an end

Untilted, dir. Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi│Untitled was meant to be an experimental journey for the Austrian director Michael Glawogger.

History

A Ghost Story, dir. David Lowery│ Who is going to turn up at our funeral? What are they going to remember? What are we leaving behind when we die? Questions everybody has asked themselves before, I assume. But who are we to claim significance over the 100 billion other people that have lived on this… Read more »

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 »

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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  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Wuthering Heights

    God’s Own Country, dir. Francis Lee│The title of Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country refers to a phrase of endearment used by people in Yorkshire to describe their own deeply idiosyncratic part of the world – something the director slowly dissects at length. Himself a Yorkshireman, Lee has taken the support of Creative England’s low-budget first… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • Just kidding

    Redoubtable, dir. Michel Hazanavicius│That the great French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard hasn’t always been a very kind man isn’t news to anyone. His rebelliousness is in fact the very reason why he was such an important and controversial figure at a time when French –and European- cinema was in a state of limbo in… Read more »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »