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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 »

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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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Wszyscy na scenę

The Dazzling Light of Sunset, dir. Salome Jashi │Tsalenijkha to małe gruzińskie miasteczko, które wydaje się leżeć poza światem. Ma swój rytm, swoje rytuały, swoje radości i swoje smutki. Salome Jashi zagląda tam z kamerą i podążając za kilkoma bohaterami, próbuje wyczuć gdzie bije serce tego miejsca. W stacji lokalnej telewizji, walczącej o pokazanie ludziom… Read more »

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Stan oblężenia

Nocturama, dir. Bertrand Bonello│„Kiedy spojrzy się na aktywistów z lat 60. to oni mają po dwadzieścia lat i jasne idee, które głoszą. Ich założenia i postulaty są czytelne; ich wojny – precyzyjnie przeciwko czemuś skierowane. Dziś sprawa nie jest taka prosta. Bunt młodzieży jest dużo bardziej kompleksowy i wymierzony na wiele frontów” – przekonuje Bertrand… Read more »

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Wracaj, gdy się pali

Close Relations, dir. Vitaly Mansky│„Mamie na mój widok opadły ręce. Pytała: „Co z ciebie za syn? Nie możesz po prostu nas odwiedzić, przyjechać i zjeść z nami rodzinny obiad? Zjeżdżasz tu z całą swoją ekipą, z tymi swoimi kamerami…wstydź się”! To była także reakcja pozostałych członków mojej rodziny. Ale ja przecież nie jestem nikim obcym… Read more »

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A Tale on a Tail

Zoology, dir. Ivan I. Tverdovskiy│“It’s never too late to grow a tail” and know when not to do a film out of a mere whim. Following his awarded debut, Class Corrections, Ivan I. Tverdovsky’s second film focuses on a concept that is both the film’s catalyst and its weapon of self-destruction. A film cannot be… Read more »

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The artist in his own work

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, dir. Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato│ The very first scenes of Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures are misleading in their conventionality. Simply establishing that the film originated from the preparation of two twin retrospectives of the photographer’s work, these images seem to belong to a much more straightforward TV biopic-documentary than… Read more »