Screening: ‘It’s Not the Time of My Life’ (Hajdu, 2016) + ScreenTalk with Szabolcs Hajdu

Drawing on the work of Cassavetes and Bergman, this Hungarian film follows two branches of one family, whose tensions and differences are exposed when they are forced to live together. Eszter, her husband Farkas, and their five-year-old son Bruno are paid an unexpected visit in the middle of the night. Eszter’s sister Ernella, her husband Albert and…

Julia Secklehner | 27/06/2018

Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘The Needle’ (1988) by Rashid Nugmanov

Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize in Cannes, part Pulp Fiction, part Betty Blue, Naugmanov’s film charts the attempt of enigmatic drifter, Moro, who returns to Almaty to get his ex-girlfriend off heroin. The couple escape to the Aral Sea but find that the sea has all but disappeared. When they return to the…

Julia Secklehner | 20/06/2018

Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘Is It Easy to be Young’ (1987) by Juris Podnieks

This ground-breaking Latvian documentary by Juris Podnieks starts at a concert of the banned rock band, Perkons. When a train carriage is vandalised after the concert, Podnieks pulls together a patchwork of conversations with those caught up in its aftermath. Subjects include a teenager charged with hooliganism at the show trial, a young filmmaker, a…

Julia Secklehner | 06/06/2018

Documentary: ‘Koudelka: Shooting Holy Land’ (Baram, 2015)

zech Photographer Josef Koudelka grew up behind the Iron Curtain and always wanted to know “what was on the other side”. Forty years after capturing the iconic images of the Soviet invasion of Prague in 1968, the legendary Magnum photographer arrives in Israel and Palestine. On first seeing the nine-meter-high wall built by Israel in…

Julia Secklehner | 27/05/2018

Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘We’ll Live Til Monday’ (1968) by Stanislav Rostotsky

Filmed the same year as the Prague Spring, Stanislav Rostotsky’s bittersweet comedy is an elegant meditation on rebellion. High school history teacher Melnikov is torn between following the hide-bound rules of the school and his natural warmth of feeling towards his students and former pupil, young English teacher Natalya. When the students are asked to…

Julia Secklehner | 09/05/2018

Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘Falling Leaves’ (1966) by Otar Iosseliani

This Georgian debut by Otar Iosseliani follows Nico, an idealistic young worker who begins work at a state-run wine collective only to struggle with the immoral way the factory is run.  Falling Leaves is a complex meditation on factory life, disappearing rural traditions and Georgian history.

Julia Secklehner | 02/05/2018

Film and Q&A: Jiří Brdečka – Master of Czech Animation

A selection of Brdečka’s best animated shorts featuring among others a daring hymn to free thinking (Gallina Vogelbirdae; 1963 Grand Prix Winner at the Annecy International Animation Festival), a Gothic tale inspired by 17th Century woodcuts, a horrifying murder story reminiscent of Greek tragedy, a story of star-crossed love, and a touching miner’s ballad. These…

Julia Secklehner | 30/04/2018

Film: Dan Chişu’s Family Drama ‘The Anniversary’ Premieres at the Romanian Cinematheque

The latest film of one of Romania’s most prolific directors will have its UK premiere at our Romanian Cinematheque! Dan Chişu’s intricate family drama ‘The Anniversary’ explores the dark sides of human character and features an impressive cast: the late Mircea Albulescu, Răzvan Vasilescu, Coca Bloos, Emilia Dobrin, Simona Bondoc, Emanuel Pârvu, Rodica Lazăr, Constantin…

Julia Secklehner | 26/04/2018

ROFILMFEST REVIEW: Ana, Mon Amour (Netzer, 2017)


The advertising material played before the start of Ana Mon Amour said Romania couldn’t make bad movies. Although tongue in cheek, it shows the confidence of the Romanian New Wave that’s enjoyed a sustainable wind for some time now.Ana Mon Amour is one of the latest offerings of this movement – and the film’s director…

Camelia Ciobanu | 25/04/2018