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KINOTEKA: Robin Ashenden reviews Andrzej Wajda’s ‘Man of Marble’.

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Legends surround Andrzej Wajda’s Man of Marble, made in 1976 and now issued restored by Second Run DVD. Of how its subject matter – of a Stakhanovite worker during the Stalinist reconstruction of Poland after the war who is elevated by the system, then discarded, then hounded by it – was so controversial it took…

Robin Ashenden | May 21, 2014
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‘Maidan: Voices from the Uprising’. Molly Flynn interviews Natalya Vorozhbit about her new documentary theatre piece

Natalya Vorozhbit is Ukraine’s leading playwright and co-author of ‘Maidan: Voices from the Uprising’, a verbatim play about the recent political protests in Ukraine. Verbatim is a documentary playwriting technique that theatre artists across the globe use as a way of responding to current events and giving voice to otherwise marginalized members of their societies.…

Molly Flynn | May 19, 2014
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KINOTEKA – Walerian Borowczyk: The Listening Eye by Lidia Meras

Can a talented artist wipe out his credit because of ‘wrong’ creative choices? Polish filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk is certainly not the first author to lose the attention of the specialized press, but there aren’t many cases in which an art house film director falls to the level of a mere pornographer. Acclaimed during the late sixties and seventies by cinéphiles (see, for instance, the February 1969 issue of prestigious French journal Cahiers du cinéma),Borowczyk made Emmanuelle 5 (1987) and other ‘S’ rated movies of dubious quality on his descent. Although he always claimed a sincere interest in representing sexuality, film critics looked with disdain on his…

Lidia Meras | May 19, 2014
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Eugenia Ellanskaya reviews Marlen Khutsiev’s ‘July Rain’ at Pushkin House

July Rain (1966) captures the ambiguous existential crisis of young Lena during the Soviet thaw: that strange, doomed period of liberalisation following Stalin’s death. After a brief rainy encounter with stranger Zhenya, Lena is left with his rainproof coat. Rather than return it as she planned, she finds herself escaping reality with Zhenya’s spontaneous phone…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | May 17, 2014
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KINOTEKA: Stephen Mason reviews Jacek Bromski’s ‘One Way Ticket to the Moon’

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   One Way Ticket to the Moon (2013) is set during the NASA moon landings of 1969 and follows the events of a young Pole named Adam Sikora (Filip Plawiak) as he receives his Navy conscription orders. Adam is apprehensive about spending the next 3 years of his life in the Navy as it becomes clear…

Stephen Mason | May 15, 2014
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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