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 »

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 »

Latest
  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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.

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Here Bad, Not Good

    Eastern Business, dir. Igor Cobileanski │Eastern Business is the second feature film by Moldovian writer-director Igor Cobileanski. It premiered internationally in Tallinn Black Nights’ main competition and won two awards: Cobileanski for Best Screenplay, and Ion Sapdaru and Constantin Puscasu both for Best Actor.