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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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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.

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Martyr for Peace

Rabin, The Last Day, dir. Amos Gitaï │Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was championed as a solider for peace throughout the democratic world; described eventually as a „martyr for peace” by President Bill Clinton. The President endorsed the Oslo Accords that earned Rabin a Noble Peace Prize in 1994, an honor shared jointly with Palestinian… Read more »

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A blast from the past

A Bigger Splash, dir. Luca Guadagnino │Loud drums accompany the closing of Marianne Lane’s concert with the crowd going crazy in a full stadium. The camera follows her as she gets off the stage. Cut. The loud soundscape is harshly interrupted by silence. We find Marianne who is lying at the poolside with Paul. Only… Read more »

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Europe, After the War

The Childhood of a Leader, dir. Brady Corbet │After Freud and Jung it became common (and probably slightly overused) knowledge that our childhood has an inevitable impact on whom we become. Where we came from, how we grew up and what kind of relationships we had with our parents, deeply influences our personality. In reference… Read more »

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Paranoia captured everyone

The Event, dir. Sergei Loznitsa │Ukrainian helmer Sergei Loznitsa (In the Fog) continues his journey through the political past of his region and in his latest film The Event, he closely investigates the Soviet Union’s swan song. Loznitsa follows the same observational procedure as he did in his highly praised documentary Maidan. This time, instead… Read more »

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Kuba Czekaj and Magdalena Kamińska: I Want to Be Twelve Again

Baby Bump, dir. Kuba Czekaj│Blinded by the Mediterranean sun and the red carpet glamour of Biennale, we sat by the beach to discuss Baby Bump with its „parents” – writer and director Kuba Czekaj and producer Magdalena Kamińska. Telling the story of a teenager struggling with the bodily aspects of adolescence, this picture created quite… Read more »

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In the Name of Loved Ones

A Monster with a Thousand Heads, dir. Rodrigo Plá │The opening film of this year’s Orizzonti section, A Monster with a Thousand Heads, uses the pretext of socio-political commentary and some devices of the thriller genre in order to dive into the personal chaos of ultimately good people reacting with unexpected violence to the realization… Read more »

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Wszyscy jesteśmy zakładnikami

Interruption, reż. Yorgos Zois│Według Yorgosa Zoisa wszyscy siedzimy w teatrze przejętym przez terrorystów i nie wiemy co stanie się za chwilę. Umrzemy, ocalejemy, a może za chwilę okaże się, że to wszystko to tylko część sztuki teatralnej, którą oglądamy? „Interruption” jest bowiem jak życie w napięciu; napięciu fundowanym przez współczesny (nie)porządek świata – nie czujemy… Read more »