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 »
Untilted, dir. Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi│Untitled was meant to be an experimental journey for the Austrian director Michael Glawogger.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Belgica, dir. Felix van Groeningen │„Pracowałem w barze będąc nastolatkiem i już wtedy domyśliłem się, że nie dam rady balangować w każdy weekend. Wiedziałem że muszę mieć w życiu alternatywę. Nie potrafiłem sobie poradzić z pustką po skończonej pracy. Najpierw wkładasz dużo energii w organizację jakieś imprezy, patrzysz jak wszyscy świetnie się na niej bawią… Read more »
What do you do all day?
The Days That Confused, dir. Triin Ruumet│“For Youth comes in various shapes and forms. In rural Estonia – if Triin Ruumet’s The Days That Confused is to be believed – it involves a lot of drink, drugs, violence and 90’s eurotrash. “Life is one long party,” the film’s protagonist Allar remarks wistfully. For a film depicting a… Read more »
Together For Ever, dir. Lina Lužytė│ If you expect an enjoyable family film, it’s not this one. Despite the idyllic title, the story is quite gloomy. Together For Ever is an intriguing feature debut by talented Lithuanian director Lina Lužytė.
This was no suicide
The Red Captain, dir. Michal Kollár│Despite its title, The Red Captain is not a pirate movie, but a gritty crime thriller set in former Czechoslovakia. Michal Kollár is an already established producer with his Fog’n’Desire Films, so his first feature film as a director is one of the biggest Slovak productions to date with a… Read more »
Paterson, dir. Jim Jarmusch│This year in Cannes, festival goers were lucky to see not one, but two films directed by American independent cinema darling Jim Jarmusch. While clearly a work of fiction, Paterson could be seen in many ways as a documentary on a par with Gimme Danger, the other film he presented, and which centres on Iggy Pop and his band the Stooges. Paterson too focuses on an artist,… Read more »
Clara rozpuszcza włosy
Aquarius, dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho│W Clarze dojrzała kobieta walczy z pełną apetytu na życie nastolatką. Z pozoru stateczna, twardo stąpająca po ziemi dama, wciąż podrywa facetów, tańczy, pije wino i potrzebuje dotyku. Myślami, Clara często wydaje się wracać do przeszłości – rozplata wtedy kok swoich długich kruczoczarnych włosów i znowu jest młoda, pełna energii i… Read more »
Space and Transformation
Mountain, dir. Yaelle Kayam │Space – how it can unite and how it separates – is central to the state of Israel and at the core of Yaelle Kayam’s feature debut premiering at the 72nd Venice Film Festival.
It’s Only the End of the World, dir. Xavier Dolan│Louis wraca do rodzinnego domu po latach nieobecności. Ma dla swoich bliskich wiadomość: wkrótce umrze. Choruje i jego dni są policzone. Właściwie nie wie, czy jego rodzina potrzebuje tej wiedzy. Już od dawna każdy żyje własnym życiem, a życie Louisa to już w ogóle toczy się… Read more »
If you can’t beat them, eat them
The Neon Demon, dir. Nicolas Winding Refn│We’ve all been subjected to the unimaginable question of would you rather give up food or sex– a no-win situation that strikes a similar chord of hesitancy to Sophie’s choice. However, we are rarely asked which we would rather be, a delectable dessert or a form of foreplay. Nicolas… Read more »