'Volcano' Still, Photo (c) Vadym Ilkov

FILM Review, New East Cinema: ‘Volcano’ (Bondarchuk, 2018) – ‘a bizarre comedy, rich with subtexts and surreal moments’


Documentary filmmaker Roman Bondarchuk’s first feature, Volcano, is an odyssey into the Kherson province of southern Ukraine, which through his lens becomes a land of anarchy and freedom. The film is a bizarre, occasionally whimsical comedy, rich with subtexts and surreal moments. Bondarchuk told the audience at the New East Cinema’s Barbican screening that he…

Eva Rosenthal | 15/07/2019
Viktor Tsoi

‘Youth on the March’ KinoKlassika Review: ‘Assa’ (Solovev, 1987) – ‘a fight to the death between young and old, corrupt and innocent’


Assa starts with a bang: a sequence of spellbinding opening credits in lurid pink playing over footage of two drummers, skinny youths in tatty clothes and dirty blond hair. It ends with a bang, too. Viktor Tsoi, legendary frontman of Russian rock band Kino, strides onto the screen to sing his famous anthem ‘Peremen!’ –…

Eva Rosenthal | 22/06/2018

‘Youth on the March!’ Kino Klassika REVIEW: ‘We’ll live ‘til Monday’ (Rostotsky, 1968)


In Stanislav Rostotsky’s 1968 film We’ll live ‘til Monday, screened last week at the Regent Street Cinema as part of Kino Klassika’s ‘Youth on the March!’ film season, three schoolteachers play out hopes and regrets in midst of an atmosphere of youthful rebellion. English teacher Natasha’s young and idealistic, and deeply in love with her…

Eva Rosenthal | 15/05/2018