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PREVIEW: 21st MADE IN PRAGUE Festival (8 November – 6 December)

‘The annual Made in Prague Festival in its 21st edition presents a wonderful offering of films, visual arts, literature, theatre and music celebrating artistic expression, pursuing significant stories and engaging in extraordinary conversations. Hosting the first UK retrospective of film director Jan Němec, the festival unveils the Czech nominations for European and Academy Film Awards…

Robin Ashenden | November 8, 2017
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OPEN CITY DOCS PREVIEW: Vitaly Mansky’s ‘Private Chronicles: Monologue’ and ‘Gagarin’s Pioneers’: a human face on the Soviet (and post-Soviet) experiment

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One of the highlights of this year’s Open City Docs festival is a quartet of documentaries by an almost unknown (in the UK) 53 year-old Ukrainian Jewish film-maker, Vitaly Mansky who, since his debut in 1989, has now completed over 30 films, and been nominated four times for the prestigious Nika award. His fidelity to…

Robin Ashenden | September 7, 2017
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PREVIEW: OPEN CITY DOCS: CEE Titles Featured (6-10 September)

August 28, 2017 PRIVATE CHRONICLES. MONOLOGUE. VITALY MANSKY / 1999 / RUSSIA / 95′ WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2017 – 20:30 Exploring the collective life of the generation born as Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, Mansky worked with over 5,000 hours of home movies to create this unique chronicle of everyday life in the…

Robin Ashenden | August 28, 2017
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PREVIEW: The Image Speaks: Miloš Forman and the Free Cinema Movement

‘The importance of ordinary people, the everyday, belief in artistic freedom and the rejection of established cinematic norms are some of the principles common to the early work of Czech director Milos Forman and the British Free Cinema movement. This programme, jointly curated with Close-Up and screening from original 16mm and 35mm prints, marks Miloš…

Robin Ashenden | April 9, 2017
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PREVIEW: Play Poland Film Festival London – 18-26 November 2016

Play Poland Film Festival is back in London, and will taking place from the 18th to 26th of November! For the sixth year running, we’ve come together to bring our audiences refreshing, engaging, artistic, and fun new Polish cinema. This year, we’re bringing Play Poland to Clapham Picturehouse, Picturehouse Central, Hackney Picturehouse, and the Ritzy,…

Robin Ashenden | November 2, 2016
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PREVIEW: Made in Prague Arts Festival, London 5 Nov – 2nd Dec 2016

 20th Made in Prague Festival 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the Made in Prague Festival. To celebrate this special jubilee we have decided to put together an eclectic mix of films, theatre, art and music that we feel passionate about and want to share with our London audience.  The varied programme also gives us…

Robin Ashenden | October 31, 2016
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ROUNDTABLE PREVIEW: ‘Children of the Revolution – British Writers of Hungarian Origin’ (20 October 2016)

Thursday 20 October 2016, 6.30pm Monnet Room, Europe House 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION Children of the Revolution  – British writers of Hungarian origin Monica Porter, Tibor Fischer and Nick Barlay Historian: Dorottya Baczoni Moderator: Robin Ashenden To mark the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, the Hungarian Cultural Centre organizes…

Robin Ashenden | October 14, 2016
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Opening: Belarus Free Theatre’s ‘Burning Doors’ with Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina

‘What happens when you are declared an enemy of the state simply for making art? Where do you belong when your government suppresses your basic right to expression? And how do you survive in one of the most brutal prison systems in the world?  Our brand new production, Burning Doors, blends sensuous theatricality and vigorous…

Robin Ashenden | August 28, 2016