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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 | 12/05/2016
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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 | 15/04/2016
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KINOTEKA 2016: ‘Karbala’ (Łukaszewicz, 2015) – ‘the complexity of modern war’

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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 | 08/04/2016
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KINOTEKA 2016: ‘Anatomy of Evil’ (Bromski, 2015) – ‘a superb thriller’

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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 | 07/04/2016
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KINOTEKA 2016: ‘Strange Heaven’ (Gajewski, 2015) – an Up-to-the-Minute Tale of Immigration and Broken Dreams

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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 | 05/04/2016
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Celebrating Zdeněk Svěrák´s 80th Birthday – ‘Elementary School’ (1991)

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This year’s Easter Monday marked the 80th birthday of Zdeněk Svěrák, one of the Czech Republic’s most popular actors and film makers. To celebrate the occasion, 80 cinemas around the world showed his films, including London’s small Deptford cinema, which was all made up for the occasion with balloons and paper chains, announcing, in his…

Julia Secklehner | 01/04/2016