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OPEN CITY DOCS REVIEW: ‘Depth Two’ (2016): Ognjen Glavonić’s coolly devastating account of submerged Balkan atrocities

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There’s no shortage of documentaries about Balkan atrocities – it’s virtually a sub-genre on Youtube – but few have been as affectingly or coolly told as Ognjen Glavonić’s Depth Two, which deals with events during the NATO bombing of Belgrade in 1999, when – soon after – a truck containing 53 unidentified dead bodies was…

Robin Ashenden | June 21, 2016
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REVOLUTION IN REALISM: The Biggest Ever UK Showcase of Romanian Cinema

‘In recent years Romanian films have won prizes and praise a-plenty: it’s time to explore what makes them so special! The Romanian Cultural Institute in London an the British Film Institute proudly announce the opening of ‘Revolution in Realism: The New Romanian Cinema’ – the biggest showcase of Romanian cinema ever to have taken place in Britain, and possibly beyond. Do not miss…

Robin Ashenden | June 1, 2016
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Papercut Theatre: ‘I’m Not Jesus Christ’ (Manolescu, 2007) at Theatre N16

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‘How many children dream of being Jesus!?’ This question echoes throughout Maria Manolescu’s I’m Not Jesus Christ, and we all learn in this blackly comic tale that the answer is a contradictory one. Written by Maria Manolescu in 2007, I’m Not Jesus Christ showcases both British and Romanian actors, with a pleasing mixture of accents…

Kata Karath | May 16, 2016
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Eliade on Film: ‘The Bengali Night’ (Katz, 1988) at the Romanian Cultural Institute

It’s now exactly 30 years since the death of Mircea Eliade (1907-1986), the world-renowned Romanian philosopher, religious historian and writer. This year also marks the ground-breaking publication in English of one of his first novels, The Diary of a Shortsighted Adolescent, by Istros Books. The Romanian Institute in London do a great job at marking…

Camelia Ciobanu | May 12, 2016
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KINOTEKA 2016: ‘Body’ (Szumowska, 2015) & ‘Demon’ (Wrona, 2015) – a shared thematic DNA

In 2014, a small, resolutely arty, black and white film delivered a seismic shock to Poland’s film industry, which had been wheezing along in uninspired fashion for years. The improbable story of a nun exploring her Jewish roots, Ida toured world festivals to widespread acclaim, eventually winning director Paweł Pawlikowski a foreign film Oscar.  So…

Natasha Berger | April 15, 2016