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OPEN CITY DOCS 2015: ‘The Waiting Point’ (Drndic, 2013) reviewed by Valenka Navea


Croatian director Masa Drndic describes her filmmaking as ‘documenting everyday life… where figures, spaces and situations mirror shadows’ – and certainly one gets a strong sense of the philosophical aesthetic in her films, which grasp these metaphorical ‘shadows’ through a creative use of sound. Layers of meaning are added above the central narrative, but what’s really…

Valenka Navea | 15/06/2015
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OPEN CITY DOCS 2015: ‘Naked Island’ (Gudac, 2014), reviewed by Judith Fagelson


Growing up in post-communist Croatia, documentary-maker Tiha Gudac lived a relatively normal life. She played with her friends, went to school and spent her summers camping with her grandparents. But throughout all this time a shadow hung over her family history.  After decades of silence, the aptly named Tiha (Croatian for “silent”) decides to uncover…

Judith Fagelson | 12/06/2015

Open City Docs Festival: London 16th – 21st June 2015

For details and listings of the 2015 Open City Docs Fest (16 – 21 June) – which this year includes works from Czech Republic, Romania, Croatia and Russia, please click on the right-hand image.    

Robin Ashenden | 09/06/2015
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Documenting Ukraine: Theatre – George Genoux and Natalia Vorozhbit at GRAD, reviewed by Jo Varney


A four-day festival Documenting Ukraine was held last weekend in London bringing together Ukraine’s leading names in documentary cinema and theatre. The theatre section, hosted at GRAD in Central London, comprised two live performances in their main gallery space: acclaimed German theatre director Georg Genoux performed his solo multimedia piece, Anyone Can Be Saint Nikolai,…

Jo Varney | 23/05/2015
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Anthony Michineau’s ‘Let Me In!’ (‘Fa-mi loc!’) reviewed by Camelia Ciobanu


The ever-growing Romanian community in London has created a demand for entertainment, and at the Leicester Square Theatre, Tales Told in Romanian meet this hunger by organising regular performances of well-known Romanian artists. One of the latest was the Romantic Comedy Let Me In! (Fa-mi loc!) by Anthony Michineau, starring Medeea Marinescu and Marius Manole, and…

Camelia Ciobanu | 22/05/2015
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Kinoteka 2015: ‘The Cruise’ (Piwowski, 1970), reviewed by Ollie Buxton


The 13th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival will draw to a close in spectacular style on the 29th of May with a screening of Rejs (The Cruise) at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, aptly followed by a boat trip on the River Thames, with theatrical performances and live music to boot. Released only now…

Oliver Buxton | 22/05/2015
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‘Documenting Ukraine: Day 4’ at the Frontline Club, by Judith Fagelson


It’s about time British people saw a rounded portrayal of Ukraine. Since conflict first broke out in November 2013, Ukraine has dominated our screens on and off, yet most of us are no closer to understanding what’s going on than we were a year and a half ago. We are fed a sensationalist, two-dimensional caricature…

Judith Fagelson | 22/05/2015
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Kinoteka 2015: ‘Knife in the Water’ (Polanski, 1962) reviewed by Julia Secklehner


Knife in the Water is one of the best known Polish films of all time – if not the best –  not least because it was directed by Roman Polanski, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1963. It’s a deceptively simple film, played by only three actors, focusing exclusively on the interactions between…

Julia Secklehner | 17/05/2015
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Kinoteka 2015: ‘The Wedding’ (Wajda, 1972) reviewed by Julia Secklehner


Drenched in Polish folklore and produced with the help of the State ethnographic museum, Wajda’s The Wedding confronts us with a host of questions about Polish history that require some background knowledge to be  fully understood. The film starts of course with a wedding, which frames events throughout – but there’s more to it than that.…

Julia Secklehner | 17/05/2015