Papercut Theatre: ‘I’m Not Jesus Christ’ (Manolescu, 2007) at Theatre N16


‘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

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

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
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KINOTEKA 2016: ‘Karbala’ (Łukaszewicz, 2015) – ‘the complexity of modern war’


Karbala is Polish director Krzysztof Łukaszewicz most recent film, released only in 2015 and nominated several times at the Polish Academy Awards, finally winning for Best Cinematography. Based on real events, the film recounts the story of Polish NATO soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom in April 2004, when, surrounded by Iraqi rebels, they were trying…

Julia Secklehner | April 8, 2016

KINOTEKA 2016: ‘Anatomy of Evil’ (Bromski, 2015) – ‘a superb thriller’


Jacek Bromski’s Anatomy of Evil, winner of the Gdynia Polish Film Festival in 2015, is certainly one of Kinoteka’s highlights this year. Allegedly based on a real events, it tells the story of Lulek, a former professional hit-man who, after a long stint in prison, is offered a job by his former prosecutor to redeem…

Julia Secklehner | April 7, 2016
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KINOTEKA 2016: ‘Strange Heaven’ (Gajewski, 2015) – an Up-to-the-Minute Tale of Immigration and Broken Dreams


After a lengthy absence from the big screen, Dariusz Gajewski marks his first foray back into feature-length production with Obce Niebo (Strange Heaven, 2015) –  written, directed, and produced by the Polish cinematographer. Following a seven-year hiatus, Gajewski has successfully returned to the director’s chair to craft a film both modern and relevant, but also with a charming…

Oliver Buxton | April 5, 2016