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‘Prah’ premiere: Kasia Wroblewska reviews György Spiro’s new play.

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Ignition Stage, a small professional theatre company from Manchester, have taken upon themselves the challenging task of translating and producing Prah, a new play by celebrated Hungarian writer George Spiro, and the result is a considerable success for them. What would happen to your life-situation, your sense of self, your closest relationships if you won the…

Robin Ashenden | May 15, 2014
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KINOTEKA: Jonathan Karstadt reviews Sławomir Fabicki’s ‘Loving’.

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Even in these liberal times, violence against women remains a stain on our society; a recent survey by the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights found that one third of women living in the EU have been victims of sexual violence at some point in their adult lives. Most of these cases go unreported, while…

Jonathan Karstadt | May 13, 2014
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Asterios Bobolis reviews Srdjan Dragojevic’s ‘The Parade’ (Matchbox DVD 2013)

More than a decade after his legendary debut Pretty Village, Pretty Flame (1996), a watershed in post-Bosnian-War cinema, the imaginative director Srdjan Dragojevic shook the foundation of Balkan conservatism with his new creation Parada (The Parade, 2011). In this the  theme is familiar and is none other than that traditionally colourful Former-Yugoslavian palette, consisting of every…

Asterios Bobolis | May 6, 2014
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Conrad Clark reviews ‘Lasting’ (Jacek Boruch, 2013), KINOTEKA

Lasting, a film by Polish director Jacek Boruch. takes a close-up look at the young love of a Polish couple who meet while working in rural Spain before returning home to attend university. The intimate love story that blossoms in the warm Spanish sun turns bleak, and is drained of its spirit by the time…

Conrad Clark | May 6, 2014
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Sam Turner reviews ‘The Girl from the Wardrobe’ (Kinoteka Festival)

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The Girl from the Wardrobe is an unconventional and involving story of friendship set against the drab surroundings of a Warsaw council estate. From its imaginative opening scene, introducing the main protagonist staring at a low-flying Zeppelin passing over grey suburbs, to the powerful and unexpected ending, the film gradually draws the viewer into a world where witty fantasy and harsh reality mix. This private world is…

Robin Ashenden | May 6, 2014
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KINOTEKA: ‘Ambassada’ – Asterios Bobolis reviews Juliusz Machulski’s new WWII Comedy

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What would the world be like without WWII? What would have happened if Hitler has been murdered or accidentally killed? Aspiring writer Przemek (played by Bartosz Porczyk) is preoccupied with the period before WWII, searching obsessively through historical sources which bring him unexpected revelations. Hitler has accidently been killed and his body-double Lepke (Robert Wieckiewicz)…

Asterios Bobolis | May 2, 2014
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Robin Ashenden | May 1, 2014
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Corneliu Porumboiu: The Youngest Voice of the Romanian New Wave, by Lidia Meras

Almost a year ago, an Iranian blogger based in London published an article on his recently deceased hero, Romanian actor and film director Sergiu Nicolaescu, who turned his hand to politics after the fall of Ceauşescu. In post-revolutionary Iran, Nicolaescu was well known: the adventures of Inspector Moldavan (Nicolaescu’s onscreen alter ego), a combination of…

Robin Ashenden | April 30, 2014