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


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 | 21/06/2016

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 | 01/06/2016

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 | 16/05/2016

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 | 12/05/2016

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 | 15/04/2016