Screening + Q&A: ’13 Shades Of Romanian ‘ (Teglas & Teglas, 2015)

13 Shades of Romanian is a 3 episode documentary portraying the experience of 13 Romanians living in Britain. Constructed through their eyes, and brought to you by a group of Romanian filmmakers in London, together with travel journalist Richard Green, the film reveals the stories of migrants coming to terms with British culture. Watch the…

Julia Secklehner | 28/06/2018

Youth on the March! Film Season: ‘Little Vera’ (1988) by Vasili Pichul

Famous for being the first Soviet film to show frontal nudity, Little Vera, played by Natalya Negoda, is a small-town girl trapped in the soul-deadening environment of a provincial port town. A chance meeting with handsome student Sergei makes her claim she is pregnant. He obligingly marries her and moves in with her dysfunctional family.…

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: ‘Long Goodbye’ (1971) by Kira Muratova

This tender story of a mother overbearing love for her son and his attempts to escape her stifling embrace remains a little-known masterpiece by Ukrainian filmmaker Kira Muratova.  The inability of mother and son to communicate and the mother’s increasingly hysterical struggle for emotional dignity so outraged the censors on its release, that like many…

Julia Secklehner | 17/05/2018

‘Youth on the March!’ Kino Klassika REVIEW: ‘We’ll live ‘til Monday’ (Rostotsky, 1968)


In Stanislav Rostotsky’s 1968 film We’ll live ‘til Monday, screened last week at the Regent Street Cinema as part of Kino Klassika’s ‘Youth on the March!’ film season, three schoolteachers play out hopes and regrets in midst of an atmosphere of youthful rebellion. English teacher Natasha’s young and idealistic, and deeply in love with her…

Eva Rosenthal | 15/05/2018

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
Serban Pavlu, Radu Iacoban © Versatile

ROFILMFEST Review: Charleston (Cretulescu, 2017) – ‘a visual and emotional delight’


Ioana’s in a coffee shop taking a call, she leaves in a hurry and then disappears around a corner.  There’s a screech of brakes and the sound of a collision. Subsequently, we see a man at a graveside leaving flowers.  A few weeks after his wife’s buried, the man, Alexandru, turns 42.  Alone in his apartment…

Alison Miller | 30/04/2018

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