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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 »

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Journey with an end

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

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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 »

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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 »

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Ghostliness

Tenants, dir. Klara Kochańska│I remember reading a New York Times piece that qualified the Łódź Film School in Poland as “a school with a sense of place” and wondering about its many motives and clauses. Fortunately now I can finally fathom the almost cult status that has long been attached to the school and its… Read more »

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Wszystko zostaje w rodzinie

It’s Not the Time of My Life, dir. Szabolcs Hajdu│„Ja i moja ekipa chcieliśmy za pośrednictwem tego filmu podzielić się z publicznością własnymi doświadczeniami. Na samym początku prac, usiedliśmy wszyscy przy jednym stole i zapytaliśmy samych siebie: po to robimy? Żeby doskonalić swój talent? Sprowokować widzów? Zszokować ich? Ostatecznie, uznaliśmy, że nie interesuje nas nic… Read more »

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Jigsaw of Conflicts

House of Others, dir. Rusudan Glurjidze│The first feature from Georgian director Rusudan Glurjidze, House of Others, is likely to attract attention, not least for its incredible visuals. Taking place in the early 1990s, just after the end of the Georgian civil war, Glurjidze’s film tells the semi-autobiographical story of a family who inhabit a home… Read more »

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Religijny western

Mimosas, dir. Oliver Laxe│„Każdy reżyser ma duszę i serce. Ciężko jest je ukryć, kiedy robisz film. Oczywiście mogę w fabułę wstawić punków. Ale oni zawsze będą mieli dusze księży, którzy szukają w świecie spirytualności. Bo ja sam jej szukam” – mówi Oliver Laxe, twórca „Mimosas”, za które otrzymał główną nagrodę sekcji Semaine de la Critique… Read more »

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Ukryte rany

A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery, dir. Lav Diaz │Po próbie doraźnego komentarza do otaczającej rzeczywistości, Lav Diaz wraca do historycznego okresu swojej twórczości. W „A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery”, podobnie jak w „Melancholii”, śledzi losy kilku bohaterów z różnych klas społecznych.