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ROFILMFEST REVIEW: Ana, Mon Amour (Netzer, 2017)

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The advertising material played before the start of Ana Mon Amour said Romania couldn’t make bad movies. Although tongue in cheek, it shows the confidence of the Romanian New Wave that’s enjoyed a sustainable wind for some time now.Ana Mon Amour is one of the latest offerings of this movement – and the film’s director…

Camelia Ciobanu | 25/04/2018

KINOTEKA REVIEW: ‘The Jester’ (Green and Nowina-Przybylsk, 1937) – a brilliant mixture of imaginative theatre and Yiddish family life

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The Jester, a Polish movie in Yiddish co-directed by Joseph Green and Jan Nowina-Przybylsk in 1937 and restored by the National Center for Jewish Film in 2008, transports us into the world of a vibrant Yiddish culture, values and humour prior to the First World War. The black-and-white movie narrates a romantic tale set against…

Yulia Tosheva-Haggard | 05/04/2018
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CINEMATHEQUE REVIEW: ‘The Fixer’ (2016) – a transformative experience not to be missed!

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Romania’s foreign-language submission for the 2018 Academy Awards, The Fixer had its British premiere this month at the Romanian Cultural Institute in London as part of Cinematheque, a monthly programme that focuses on promoting Romanian cinema. The movie comes out of the Romanian neo-realist cinema tradition that recently claimed prizes at Cannes and Berlin (Cristi…

Camelia Ciobanu | 27/03/2018
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#czechandslovakcentury REVIEW: Julius Ševčík’s ‘A Prominent Patient’ (2016) and the Czech Year of Anniversaries

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2018 is the year of anniversaries in Czech history with the Prague Spring (1968), the communist takeover (1948), the National Socialist annexation of the Sudetenland (1938) and – most significantly – the founding of the First Czechoslovak Republic in 1918. An award-winning film that ties the legacy of the First Czechoslovak Republic together with the…

Julia Secklehner | 16/03/2018
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KINOTEKA PREVIEW: 16th Polish Film Festival 2018

‘KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival takes place in London each spring. Organised by the Polish Cultural Institute in London, the festival celebrates the best of Polish cinema and culture. Each year audiences can enjoy a selection of film and documentary screenings, both classic and contemporary, as well as talks and Q&As with the filmmakers. A selection…

Robin Ashenden | 05/03/2018
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MADE IN PRAGUE REVIEW: ‘The Teacher’ (2016) – Jan Hřebejk’s winning dissection of small-town power-structures under communism

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When Maria Draždechová (Zuzana Mauréry) enters her new classroom, she invites her new students to a round of introductions – as one would. Yet Draždechová isn’t so much interested in the children as in what their parents do: the ‘poor widow’ of a Russian officer,  Draždechová gradually coerces the parents into helping her with errands…

Julia Secklehner | 16/11/2017
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PREVIEW: 21st MADE IN PRAGUE Festival (8 November – 6 December)

‘The annual Made in Prague Festival in its 21st edition presents a wonderful offering of films, visual arts, literature, theatre and music celebrating artistic expression, pursuing significant stories and engaging in extraordinary conversations. Hosting the first UK retrospective of film director Jan Němec, the festival unveils the Czech nominations for European and Academy Film Awards…

Robin Ashenden | 08/11/2017