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KINOTEKA REVIEW: Polish Animation Classics – an existentialist feast

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Scene One: A crowd gets eaten by the roasted chickens and crabs on the banquet table. Scene Two: As a train moves, all that an onscreen silhouette of a man sees is a repetitive countryside landscape saturated with an intense green colour. Yet as soon as the man gets into the city, the landscape becomes…

Paula Erizanu | April 15, 2017
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PREVIEW: The Image Speaks: Miloš Forman and the Free Cinema Movement

‘The importance of ordinary people, the everyday, belief in artistic freedom and the rejection of established cinematic norms are some of the principles common to the early work of Czech director Milos Forman and the British Free Cinema movement. This programme, jointly curated with Close-Up and screening from original 16mm and 35mm prints, marks Miloš…

Robin Ashenden | April 9, 2017
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KINOTEKA REVIEW: ‘The Last Stage’ – Wanda Jakubowska’s 1948 retelling of the Holocaust has lost none of its shocking narrative power

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Wanda Jakubowska’s The Last Stage (Ostatni Etap) is one of the world’s earliest feature films about the Holocaust, premiering in Poland as early as March 1948. It’s also a personal narrative: partly based on Jakubowska’s own experiences at Birkenau women’s camp at Auschwitz, The Last Stage chronicles life in the camp from a personal angle, filmed on…

Julia Secklehner | April 2, 2017
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KINOTEKA REVIEW: ‘The Eccentrics: The Sunny Side of the Street’ (Majewski, 2015) – Big Band 1950s drama never quite tinkles the ivories

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Janusz Majewski’s film The Eccentrics (Excentrycy) bagged several awards at the Polish Academy Awards in 2016, including best supporting actor and actress (Wojciech Pszoniak and Anna Dymna), and best film score. Least surprising is the latter, given that it’s a musical comedy, which focuses on a Jazz Big Band in 1950s communist Poland. Fabian Apanowicz…

Julia Secklehner | March 25, 2017
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OGNISKO KINOCLUB REVIEW: ’80 Million’: Ocean’s 11 meets Solidarity in Waldemar Krzystek’s fast-paced thriller

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In 80 Million, the 2011 film from Waldemar Krzystek, Ocean’s 11 meets the Solidarity Movement in 1980s Poland. It’s fast paced, witty, fun and easy, yet driven by an idealism which the American blockbuster lacks. Directed by Waldemar Krzystek in 2011, it’s set the tone for a new way of approaching Poland’s experience of communism. ‘We didn’t…

Paula Erizanu | March 23, 2017