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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 »

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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 »

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Moral Quagmire

Glory, dir. Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov│It’s hard not to overstate just how good Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s Glory is, but it really is a masterpiece of storytelling, and that’s something that’s built into the directors’ script right from the start. In the film’s opening moments, we hear a talking clock read out the time… Read more »

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Death of ambition

Park, dir. Sofia Exarchou│It’s a well-documented fact that Larry Clark’s Kids was a game changer when it was release, commenting as it did on the mood of a young generation and the risky sex culture they were growing up in. Well, Sofia Exarchou’s Park is like an homage to that mixed with a healthy dash… Read more »

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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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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 »