Walerian Borowczyk

KINOTEKA – Walerian Borowczyk: The Listening Eye by Lidia Meras

Can a talented artist wipe out his credit because of ‘wrong’ creative choices? Polish filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk is certainly not the first author to lose the attention of the specialized press, but there aren’t many cases in which an art house film director falls to the level of a mere pornographer. Acclaimed during the late sixties and seventies by cinéphiles (see, for instance, the February 1969 issue of prestigious French journal Cahiers du cinéma),Borowczyk made Emmanuelle 5 (1987) and other ‘S’ rated movies of dubious quality on his descent. Although he always claimed a sincere interest in representing sexuality, film critics looked with disdain on his…

Lidia Meras | 19/05/2014
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Eugenia Ellanskaya reviews Marlen Khutsiev’s ‘July Rain’ at Pushkin House

July Rain (1966) captures the ambiguous existential crisis of young Lena during the Soviet thaw: that strange, doomed period of liberalisation following Stalin’s death. After a brief rainy encounter with stranger Zhenya, Lena is left with his rainproof coat. Rather than return it as she planned, she finds herself escaping reality with Zhenya’s spontaneous phone…

Eugenia Ellanskaya | 17/05/2014
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KINOTEKA: Stephen Mason reviews Jacek Bromski’s ‘One Way Ticket to the Moon’


   One Way Ticket to the Moon (2013) is set during the NASA moon landings of 1969 and follows the events of a young Pole named Adam Sikora (Filip Plawiak) as he receives his Navy conscription orders. Adam is apprehensive about spending the next 3 years of his life in the Navy as it becomes clear…

Stephen Mason | 15/05/2014

‘Prah’ premiere: Kasia Wroblewska reviews György Spiro’s new play.


Ignition Stage, a small professional theatre company from Manchester, have taken upon themselves the challenging task of translating and producing Prah, a new play by celebrated Hungarian writer George Spiro, and the result is a considerable success for them. What would happen to your life-situation, your sense of self, your closest relationships if you won the…

Robin Ashenden | 15/05/2014
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Robin Ashenden reviews the Gay Hussar Restaurant, Soho


The Gay Hussar, a Soho institution and the only Hungarian restaurant in Britain, has been in the news much over the last couple of years. In Autumn 2013 a decision by Corus hotel group  to sell the place drew loud protests from its loyal habitués.  A press-campaign was started to preserve the restaurant, where leftish…

Robin Ashenden | 15/05/2014
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KINOTEKA: Jonathan Karstadt reviews Sławomir Fabicki’s ‘Loving’.


Even in these liberal times, violence against women remains a stain on our society; a recent survey by the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights found that one third of women living in the EU have been victims of sexual violence at some point in their adult lives. Most of these cases go unreported, while…

Jonathan Karstadt | 13/05/2014

Robin Ashenden reviews Tatra Polish Restaurant, 24 Goldhawk Road.


Tatra is a Polish restaurant in Goldhawk Road that comes garlanded with recommendations. It won the Archant Food and Drink award for Best Modern European Restaurant in 2009 and has scarcely looked back since, with numerous listings in ‘100 Best of’  Restaurant Guides, and a healthy crop of internet-salutes from happy diners. But from my…

Robin Ashenden | 13/05/2014
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Robin Ashenden reviews Dracula House Restaurant, Harlesden.


Londoners used to sleek décor in their restaurants will probably not take kindly to Dracula House Restaurant in Harlesden. Walking through its door is not so much entering a time-warp as crossing from one side of Europe to the other. The white linen-rectangles on its limp pink table-cloths, the cruet-sets and little triangles of serviette…

Robin Ashenden | 11/05/2014
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Asterios Bobolis reviews Srdjan Dragojevic’s ‘The Parade’ (Matchbox DVD 2013)

More than a decade after his legendary debut Pretty Village, Pretty Flame (1996), a watershed in post-Bosnian-War cinema, the imaginative director Srdjan Dragojevic shook the foundation of Balkan conservatism with his new creation Parada (The Parade, 2011). In this the  theme is familiar and is none other than that traditionally colourful Former-Yugoslavian palette, consisting of every…

Asterios Bobolis | 06/05/2014

Conrad Clark reviews ‘Lasting’ (Jacek Boruch, 2013), KINOTEKA

Lasting, a film by Polish director Jacek Boruch. takes a close-up look at the young love of a Polish couple who meet while working in rural Spain before returning home to attend university. The intimate love story that blossoms in the warm Spanish sun turns bleak, and is drained of its spirit by the time…

Conrad Clark | 06/05/2014