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PLAY POLAND PREVIEW: ‘Strange Heaven’ (Gajewski, 2015) – an up-to-the-minute tale of immigration and broken dreams

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After a lengthy absence from the big screen, Dariusz Gajewski marks his first foray back into feature-length production with Obce Niebo (Strange Heaven, 2015) –  written, directed, and produced by the Polish cinematographer. Following a seven-year hiatus, Gajewski has successfully returned to the director’s chair to craft a film both modern and relevant, but also with a charming…

Oliver Buxton | November 17, 2016
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MADE IN PRAGUE REVIEW: ‘The Noonday Witch’ (Sádek, 2016): an ambitious blend of nightmarish folklore and contemporary psychodrama

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Emerging Czech director Jiří Sádek has pulled off quite a coup with his feature debut Polednice (The Noonday Witch), an ambitious blend of nightmarish folklore and contemporary psychodrama. Not only has he secured the refined household-name Ana Greislerová for the lead part, but also managed to produce a highly-polished piece of cinema to live up…

Oliver Buxton | November 13, 2016
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KINOTEKA 2016: ‘Strange Heaven’ (Gajewski, 2015) – an Up-to-the-Minute Tale of Immigration and Broken Dreams

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After a lengthy absence from the big screen, Dariusz Gajewski marks his first foray back into feature-length production with Obce Niebo (Strange Heaven, 2015) –  written, directed, and produced by the Polish cinematographer. Following a seven-year hiatus, Gajewski has successfully returned to the director’s chair to craft a film both modern and relevant, but also with a charming…

Oliver Buxton | April 5, 2016
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UKRAINIAN CINEMA DAYS: ‘The Guide’ (Sanin, 2014) reviewed by Ollie Buxton

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Ukraine’s past and present collide dramatically in Oles Sanin’s 2014 film The Guide (Povodyr’) where raw feelings of romantic nationalism stirred up by contemporary events bubble to the surface in the retelling of another dark period of the country’s history. In Sanin’s second feature-length production, today’s emotions are projected onto the 1930s, when  Moscow-imposed famine,…

Oliver Buxton | December 19, 2015
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PLAY POLAND PREVIEW: ‘A Grain of Truth’ (Lankosz, 2015) reviewed by Ollie Buxton

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Ziarno Prawdy (A Grain of Truth) is the latest release from celebrated Polish director Borys Lankosz, coming in the form of a gut-wrenching thriller based on the Zygmunt Miloszewski novel of the same name. Stylishly produced and accessible, Lankosz’s film nevertheless stays faithful to the edgy artistic principles which made him such a contender for…

Oliver Buxton | November 20, 2015
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Made in Prague: ‘Fair Play’ (Sedláčková, 2014) reviewed by Ollie Buxton

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On the first Wednesday of every month, at precisely 12 noon, an eerie metallic voice blares out over the public address system in every town and city of the Czech Republic, before a one-minute test of the air-raid siren. The scream’s unsettling, somehow taking you by surprise every time, upsetting your notions of safety and…

Oliver Buxton | August 7, 2015
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Made in Prague: ‘Into the Clouds We Gaze’ (Dušek, 2014), reviewed by Ollie Buxton

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Though little known outside of the Czech Republic, Martin Dušek, is swiftly gaining a formidable reputation within his native land. Director of the award winning A Town Called Hermitage, he’s once again struck gold with his latest effort K Oblakům Vzhlížíme (Into The Clouds We Gaze), which scooped Best Czech Documentary Film at the 2014…

Oliver Buxton | July 12, 2015
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OPEN CITY DOCS 2015: ‘Daniel’s World’ (Lišková, 2015) reviewed by Ollie Buxton

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In the wake of the convictions of Gary Glitter and Rolf Harris, the post-mortem dissection of Jimmy Savile’s character, and murmurings of a historic cover-up that protected and enabled paedophiles going right to the heart of British politics,  the topic of sexual criminality has perhaps never been such an acutely sensitive area, at least within…

Oliver Buxton | June 16, 2015