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***CZECH100: MADE IN PRAGUE FILM FESTIVAL***

28 October – 9 December 2018 This October marks the 100thyear anniversary since the foundation of Czechoslovakia.  To inaugurate this momentous occasion the Czech Centre presents CZECH100 – a festival of art, design, fashion, theatre and film celebrating the country’s cultural achievements. Running from 28 October until 9 December, events are programmed to take place…

Julia Secklehner | 21/10/2018
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Projecting Czech History 1918 – 2018, Film Review: ‘Lost in Munich’ (Zelenka, 2015) and discussion with Vít Smetana and Peter Neville – ‘A triumph for its writer director Zelenka’

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The awarding winning Lost in Munich (Zelenka 2015) is a fast paced mix of documentary and farce.  Director Petr Zelenka takes an absurdist look at the Munich Agreement of 1938, lauded as a diplomatic victory at the time, but still seen by Czechs as a total disaster and a betrayal.  In the opening sequence newsreels of…

Alison Miller | 12/10/2018
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Polish films at Raindance Film Festival in London

‘UK Premieres and Best Discoveries 4-5 October 2018 Raindance Film Festival Vue Piccadilly 19 Lower Regent Street London SW1Y 4LR Tower. A Bright Day dir. Jagoda Szelc, Poland, 106 min BOOK NOW  In an small rural community, Kaja returns to her family after a six-year absence, during which time her daughter Nina has been raised…

Julia Secklehner | 27/09/2018
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Book Launch showcasing the work of fourteen Hungarian artists living in Britain: Robert Waterhouse’s ‘Their Safe Haven: British-Hungarian Artists 1930 – 1980’ (Baguis Press 2018)

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‘There’s an ever-increasing interest in the Hitler émigrés, but the role of the Hungarians has yet to be discovered,’ said Matthias Sarkozi, former BBC newscaster in the Hungarian section, who introduced the fully booked launch event of Their Safe Haven: British-Hungarian Artists 1930 – 1980.  In April 1943 and in the midst of war time…

Alison Miller | 27/09/2018
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New East Photo Prize 2018: An exhibition celebrating photography from Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia at Calvert 22 Foundation

2018’s New East Photo Prize exhibition showcases selected work by the finalists nominated for the second edition of the New East Photo Prize. A Calvert 22 Foundation initiative supported by The Calvert Journal, the Prize champions contemporary perspectives on the people and countries of the New East – Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central…

Julia Secklehner | 08/09/2018
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FILM REVIEW: Licu, a Romanian story (Dumitrescu, 2018) – ‘a rainy afternoon film with glimpses of truth-telling’

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Licu, a Romanian story is a sufficiently encompassing title: personal and national anecdotes line up like neat little toy soldiers in Ana Dumitrescu’s 2018 documentary. Licu, a 92-year-old man, muses on his life in the past near-century in Romania and the memories that have come to be his primary companions. Licu’s a fine and subtle narrator:…

Andreea Scridon | 01/09/2018
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NEW RUSSIAN DRAMA WEEK: 4 contemporary Russian plays

New Russian Drama Week by Xameleon Theatre Plays from the Russian speaking world. Series of rehearsed readings. Directed by London based Russian  directors – Dmitry Turchaninnov and Alice Terekhof. 13th September – Tanya Tanya by Olga Mukhina – In English with Russian surtitles. Translated by John Freedman. Directed by Dmitry Turchaninov. 14th September – Tomorrow by Natalia…

Julia Secklehner | 29/08/2018
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Theatre Review: ‘All That Remains’ (Olesya Khromeychuk/Molodyi Teatr London, 2018) – ‘a rare chance of grasping a genuine perspective about the conflict in Ukraine’

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Molodyi Teatr London, a Ukrainian-British theatre group which has previously produced successful shows like Bloody Europeans and Penetrating Europe or Migrants Have Talent, performed the premiere of its latest play All That Remainsin Camden People’s Theatre on 30th of June. All That Remains, written by Molodyi Teatr member Olesya Khromeychuk, somewhat departs from the cabaret-like…

Iga Szczodrowska | 19/08/2018