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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
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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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***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
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***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
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KINOTEKA Preview: “Monument” (Szelc, 2018) – “experimental raw cinema”

After the tremendous success of her film debut Tower. Bright Day last year, Jagoda Szelc took up the seemingly risky yet ultimately rewarding task of directing an Acting degree show for Lodz Film School students. The challenges of such task included an extremely low budget (Szelc often describes it as a “nano-budget” in interviews) and the…

Iga Szczodrowska | 09/04/2019
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**KINOTEKA 2019** Interview with Marlena Łukasiak, Kinoteka’s Artistic Director and Producer

This week, the 17th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival opens in London and Belfast. The festival will include a Stanisław Lem retrospective at the Barbican, the new film Ether from the renowned Krzysztof Zanussi and a celebration of new female filmmakers at the BFI Southbank, including Olga Chajdas’s award-winning LGBT romance Nina. The festival will close with a…

Rebecca Bell | 05/04/2019
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Remembering Jan Patočka: “The Socrates of Prague” (Willems, 2017) – ‘For those living through the bewildering chaos of Brexit in the UK his ideas couldn’t be more germane to charting a way out of the crisis.’

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In 1977, Jan Patočka became the unlikely spokesperson of the civil right movement Charter 77, challenging the flagrant disregard of human rights in Czechoslovakia.  Forty years later, his ideas have become very relevant in the time of increasing national chauvinism within Europe and elsewhere. For those living through the bewildering chaos of Brexit in the…

Alison Miller | 19/03/2019