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MADE IN PRAGUE PREVIEW: ‘Family Film’ (Omerzu, 2015) – perhaps best kept in the family

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Described as ‘a fusion between black comedy and drama’, Olmo Omerzu’s Family Film (2015) slowly unravels the superficial layers of a near-perfect wealthy family living in Prague, which falls apart as the parents go sailing in Asia with dog Otto, leaving behind their two children, grown-up Anna and her 15-year-old brother Erik. Moving from everyday…

Julia Secklehner | November 22, 2016
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BONE MUSIC: Recording Communism at the ICA

Resistance to dominant political forces can come in many forms. A small audience at the ICA on Sunday was treated to two excellent discussions about two forms of resistance in the former Soviet bloc and Romania. At the heart of both stories are illegal bootlegging and the remarkable ingenuity people find when faced with censorship…

Jo Varney | November 20, 2016
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PLAY POLAND PREVIEW: ‘Demon’ (Wrona, 2015) – an exotic allegory of politics today

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Marcin Wrona was a rising star of Polish cinema before his untimely death in 2015 and Demon, his final and most ambitious work, would have been his breakthrough had he lived. It’s a curious, unsettling film, made more so by parallels between the life of its director and protagonist, which will no doubt earn it…

Natasha Berger | November 19, 2016
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EXHIBITION REVIEW: ‘Once upon a time…’ – Children’s book illustrators from Hungary

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“And what is the use of a book, – thought Alice – without pictures and conversations? ” (Lewis Carroll: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland) Most children would presumably agree with Alice here. Our first encounters with pictures often happen on our parents’ laps while we’re looking at books. Colourful drawings illuminate stories and feed our imagination.…

Anett Gecov | November 18, 2016
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PLAY POLAND PREVIEW: ‘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 | November 17, 2016
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PLAY POLAND PREVIEW: Exhibition of Polish Film Posters

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Play Poland, the Polish film festival taking place across the UK in November 2016, has not only in recent years deepened UK audiences’ knowledge of Polish film, but has a website designed to provide insight into different aspects of movie making in Poland throughout the late 20th century. This includes a virtual exhibition platform about…

Julia Secklehner | November 17, 2016
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MADE IN PRAGUE REVIEW: ‘The Noonday Witch’ (Sádek, 2016): an ambitious blend of nightmarish folklore and contemporary psychodrama

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Emerging Czech director Jiří Sádek has pulled off quite a coup with his feature debut Polednice (The Noonday Witch), an ambitious blend of nightmarish folklore and contemporary psychodrama. Not only has he secured the refined household-name Ana Greislerová for the lead part, but also managed to produce a highly-polished piece of cinema to live up…

Oliver Buxton | November 13, 2016