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The Mix Charity – Event info

The Mix is sending a message to young people from EEA countries who may be affected by Brexit: ‘We are London based Youth Charity, The Mix. Whatever issue a young person is facing, The Mix is always there for them, providing help, information and support – 24/7 and 365 days a year. The Mix is…

Julia Secklehner | 15/05/2018
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Coming up this week: Romanian Film Festival in London 2018

This week, Curzon Soho hosts the 2018 edition of the Romanian Film Festival in London! Check out the trailer below for more information: https://vimeo.com/243209746 Tickets can be bought directly at Curzon Cinemas Soho: https://www.curzoncinemas.com/rff Films are shown from Wednesday 18th, to Sunday 22nd April.

Julia Secklehner | 16/04/2018
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#czechandslovakcentury REVIEW: Julius Ševčík’s ‘A Prominent Patient’ (2016) and the Czech Year of Anniversaries

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2018 is the year of anniversaries in Czech history with the Prague Spring (1968), the communist takeover (1948), the National Socialist annexation of the Sudetenland (1938) and – most significantly – the founding of the First Czechoslovak Republic in 1918. An award-winning film that ties the legacy of the First Czechoslovak Republic together with the…

Julia Secklehner | 16/03/2018
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MADE IN PRAGUE REVIEW: ‘The Teacher’ (2016) – Jan Hřebejk’s winning dissection of small-town power-structures under communism

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When Maria Draždechová (Zuzana Mauréry) enters her new classroom, she invites her new students to a round of introductions – as one would. Yet Draždechová isn’t so much interested in the children as in what their parents do: the ‘poor widow’ of a Russian officer,  Draždechová gradually coerces the parents into helping her with errands…

Julia Secklehner | 16/11/2017
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FILM REVIEW: Smith and Genoux’s ‘School Number Three’ (2016) – Teenage voices from the Donbass conflict

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Yelizaveta Smith and Georg Genoux’s School Number Three is a documentary with a deceptively simple storyline: it records stories told by teenagers who have lived through the crisis in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, which started almost four years ago in November 2013. Based on the documentary play by Natalia Vorozhbyt – one of Ukraine’s leading playwrights…

Julia Secklehner | 03/10/2017
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: ‘Postponed Futures’ at GRAD: the best show in London on the Russian Revolution – by far

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Postponed Futures is really quite something. In a year when London’s saturated with exhibitions about the Russian Revolution in its centenary year, the show’s curator, Nikita Kadan, has forged a different response. He shows a Ukrainian exhibition, political and thought-provoking, which reminds us not to forget what’s going on amid the celebrations: a war in…

Julia Secklehner | 18/05/2017
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KINOTEKA REVIEW: ‘The Last Stage’ – Wanda Jakubowska’s 1948 retelling of the Holocaust has lost none of its shocking narrative power

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Wanda Jakubowska’s The Last Stage (Ostatni Etap) is one of the world’s earliest feature films about the Holocaust, premiering in Poland as early as March 1948. It’s also a personal narrative: partly based on Jakubowska’s own experiences at Birkenau women’s camp at Auschwitz, The Last Stage chronicles life in the camp from a personal angle, filmed on…

Julia Secklehner | 02/04/2017
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KINOTEKA REVIEW: ‘The Eccentrics: The Sunny Side of the Street’ (Majewski, 2015) – Big Band 1950s drama never quite tinkles the ivories

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Janusz Majewski’s film The Eccentrics (Excentrycy) bagged several awards at the Polish Academy Awards in 2016, including best supporting actor and actress (Wojciech Pszoniak and Anna Dymna), and best film score. Least surprising is the latter, given that it’s a musical comedy, which focuses on a Jazz Big Band in 1950s communist Poland. Fabian Apanowicz…

Julia Secklehner | 25/03/2017