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MADE IN PRAGUE: ‘The Life of the Schizophrenic Poet Alexander März’ (Jasný, 1975), reviewed by Rachel Nicholson


The Made in Prague Festival is currently celebrating Vojtěch Jasný’s 90th birthday. Hailed as a “film” hero for many Czech filmmakers and the “spiritual father of the Czech New Wave,” the Czech Centre and Goethe Institute are screening a series of his films as part of the Hommage to Vojtěch Jasný season from November 6th-26th.…

Rachel Nicholson | 13/11/2015
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Play Poland Film Festival, London 20th – 28th November

PLAY POLAND FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS TO LONDON! Play Poland Film Festival is back in London, in its 2015 edition taking place from the 20 to 28 November. For the fifth year running, we’ve come together to bring our audiences the exceptional and exciting new Polish cinema. This year we’re bringing Play Poland to Clapham Picturehouse,…

Robin Ashenden | 06/11/2015
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‘Babushkas of Chernobyl’ (Morris & Bogart, 2015) reviewed by Judith Fagelson


It’s like something out of a post-apocalyptic science fiction work: a nuclear power plant explodes, leaving everything in a thirty kilometre radius officially uninhabitable. But against the odds, a hundred or so former inhabitants of the “exclusion zone” sneak illicitly back into their old homes and try to rebuild their former lives. Holly Morris and…

Judith Fagelson | 06/11/2015
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Romanian Surrealist Gellu Naum – Centenary Celebrations, reviewed by Camelia Ciobanu

It’s one hundred years since the birth of Gellu Naum, Romania’s greatest Surrealist poet. Two recent London events notably marked this centenary: N(aum), a play brought from the Romanian stage to the Leicester Square Theatre, and Gellu Naum: The Incendiary Wanderer, an evening of readings and discussions at the Romanian Cultural Institute. Gellu Naum, born in…

Camelia Ciobanu | 05/11/2015
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Made in Prague: Hommage to Vojtěch Jasný (7-26 November 2015)

Celebrating Vojtěch Jasný’s 90th birthday and lifetime achievements, the annual Made in Prague Czech film festival pays tribute to this outstanding filmmaker, hailed as “the spiritual father of the Czech New Wave” by his fellow filmmaker Miloš Forman. Starting with a trio of Jasný´s Cannes International Film Festival Winners (Desire, 1958; When the Cat Comes,…

Robin Ashenden | 02/11/2015
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CEE Films at the UK Jewish Film Festival (7-22 November 2015)

19TH UK JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES EXCITING GLOBAL LINE UP AND LAUNCH OF BEST DEBUT FEATURE AWARD The UK Jewish Film Festival returns 7th-22nd November with a packed 2 week festival programme of powerful, inspiring and moving films, featuring outstanding new talent at home and abroad, aiming to reflect and share a greater understanding of…

Robin Ashenden | 29/10/2015

Golos: Ukrainian Voices (Gavanski & Levchenko 2015) reviewed by Judith Fagelson


Bulgarian actor Dolya Gavanski and Ukrainian filmmaker Fedor Levchenko have teamed up to make Golos: Ukrainian Voices, a sensitive and insightful documentary about modern-day Ukraine. Although the film takes the Euro-Maidan demonstrations of late 2013 and 2014 as its starting point, the unrest is really just a pretext. In fact, Golos: Ukrainian Voices would be…

Judith Fagelson | 27/10/2015
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Grand Prix award-winner ‘Son of Saul’ (László Nemes, 2015) reviewed by Nick Barlay


The opening moments of Son of Saul are blurred. Immediately, we are deprived of clarity, for the world of the film is uncertain, indistinct, disordered, chaotic. History, too, can seem out of focus. History is gone. It has passed. It belongs to another country in which things were done differently. It, too, is a blur…

Nick Barlay | 13/10/2015
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Free Event: SSEES Centenary Film Festival 12/10-17/12 Bloomsbury Theatre

SSEES CENTENARY FILM FESTIVAL: 100 YEARS OF EAST EUROPEAN CINEMATIC EXCELLENCE To celebrate one hundred years since its founding, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (University College London) is organizing a season of films to showcase Eastern European cinema during the last 100 years. The twenty-three films have been chosen to reflect the…

Robin Ashenden | 29/09/2015