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Film Review: ‘Sunset’ (Nemes, 2018) + Q&A with Director László Nemes & Co-Writer Clare Royer – “a world on the brink of self-destruction”

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Before the film was screened, László Nemes advised the audience: ‘You’ll not need facts you usually need.’ And: ‘Accept the lack of control.’  There’s a nightmarish, disorderly quality in the bleached-out images of a pre-war Budapest of 1913 as the film opens. A young woman tries on hats in an exclusive hat shop. Scenes soon…

Alison Miller | 16/06/2019

Review: Science Café & Workshop – Can a Machine Replace an Artist? – ‘an exciting glimpse of the partnership between science and art’

Using popular mobile apps like Prisma and DeepArt anyone can produce a piece of stylised art from an input photo, but Daniel Sykora and his research group at the Czech Technical University argue that this wouldn’t pass an artistic version of the Turing test – where even the artist would’ve difficulty judging whether a painting…

Alison Miller | 11/06/2019
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Film Review: “The Trial: The state of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov ” (Kurov, 2017) – ‘informative and inspirational’

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In 2015 when Ukrainian, Crimean patriot Oleg Sentsov was convicted of trumped-up terrorist crimes he didn’t commit, the Moscow district court was told he’s not afraid of the twenty year sentence – ‘the rule of blood thirsty dwarves in your country will end sooner’. Askold Kurov’s documentary frames the progress of Sentsov’s trial in the…

Alison Miller | 30/05/2019
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MUSIC REVIEW: Thom Artway at the Troubadour – “a very enjoyable evening”

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It was only five months ago that Thom and his band first appeared at the Troubadour, but their show has changed a lot in that time. They included five songs from their latest CD All I Know but there were also a number of new ones, as well as three covers. The last time they were…

Ian Mole | 14/05/2019
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Music Review: ‘Birthday’ and ‘Phantom Planet’, two new singles by Latvian band Carnival Youth – “what’s not to like?”

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The Riga indie trio Carnival Youth comprises twins Edgars and Emils Kaupers on guitar and drums respectively and Roberts Vanags on keyboards, while they all contribute vocals. They appear to have parted company with their bassist Alexsis in recent years. They’ve been together since 2012 and have so far released two albums, No Clouds Allowed (2014)…

Ian Mole | 30/04/2019
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***KINOTEKA 2019*** Round up: “Professionalism has no gender.”

The 17th Polish Film Festival Kinoteka in London, featuring a selection of over forty different works, has served as a fitting example of positive direction within the issue of gender inequality in Polish cinema. The festival started and ended celebrating the success of Polish prominent men (opening with Another Day of Life, an homage to renowned Polish corresponder Ryszard Kapuscinski, and finishing with a gala celebrating…

Iga Szczodrowska | 19/04/2019
Still from "Ether" (Zanussi, 2018)

***KINOTEKA 2019*** Interview with Film-Maker Krzysztof Zanussi, Part One: “Life’s like being in a jungle. One wrong step and you’re lost.”

CEEL contributor Alison Miller met Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi before the screening of his latest film, Ether (2018), at the 17th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival in London. Alison Miller:  What I found fascinating about Ether was the way the philosophical questions were posed along-side a powerful historical drama – emotion was infused from one scene to the…

Alison Miller | 16/04/2019
From Jiří Kolář "Diary 1968". http://london.czechcentres.cz/programme/travel-events/diary-as-art-form-jiri-kolar-and-diary-1968/

“Diary as an art form: Jiří Kolář 1968” (BL Talk) – “an inspired exploration of a great Czech artist”

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In 2018, the Prague National Gallery held a retrospective to commemorate the 50thAnniversary of the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion.  Jiří Kolář: Grimace of the Century concentrated on a selection of Kolář’s artworks connected with his poetry.  According to Milena Kalinovská, Director of the modern and contemporary art collection, ‘this illuminated the unorthodox way in which he formulated…

Alison Miller | 13/04/2019