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KINOTEKA PREVIEW: 16th Polish Film Festival 2018

‘KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival takes place in London each spring. Organised by the Polish Cultural Institute in London, the festival celebrates the best of Polish cinema and culture. Each year audiences can enjoy a selection of film and documentary screenings, both classic and contemporary, as well as talks and Q&As with the filmmakers. A selection…

Robin Ashenden | 05/03/2018
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FILM PREVIEW: ‘A Prominent Patient’ (the case of Jan Masaryk) + Q&A with Dagmar Hájková and Mark Cornwall (10/03/2018)

‘Czech diplomat Jan Masaryk tries to overcome his inner demons and relive the dramatic events leading to WWII in Julius Ševčík’s persuasive historical drama about a man who stood up for his betrayed country while feeling betrayed himself. Failing to win British support during the politics of appeasement, Jan Masaryk, Czechoslovak ambassador to London, abandons…

Robin Ashenden | 03/03/2018
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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 | 08/11/2017
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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 | 07/09/2017
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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 | 28/08/2017
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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 | 09/04/2017
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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 | 02/11/2016
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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 | 31/10/2016