Dir. Claude Lanzmann, France, 1985-2013, 1006 mins, in French, German, Hebrew, Yiddish, Polish with English subtitles Review by Colin Dibben Claude Lanzmann’s epic Shoah, often cited as the greatest documentary film of all time, is finally released in the UK on Blu-ray. To accompany it, Eureka! are bringing out, on DVD, four related films by […]
Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland, 2013, 82 mins, in Polish with English subtitles Cast: Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Joanna Kulig Review by Adam Hollingworth Watching Pawel Pawlikowski’s latest compact drama Ida almost puts one in mind of the great fifties movies of Andrzej Wajda and the Polish New Wave of the era: firstly in […]
KINOTEKA is presented by the Polish Cultural Institute in association with the Festival sponsor, MyFerryLink supported by the Polish Film Institute and Polish National Film Archive. Returning to the capital for a 12th successful year, the KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival for a bumper month long edition, bringing audiences across London and the UK, celebrating the […]
Ten feature-length music documentary films qualified for the competition DocFilmMusic at the 54th Krakow Film Festival. This week, the organisers of the festival announce the results of the selection of all four competitions. DocFilmMusic, the youngest of the four competitions of Krakow Film Festival, takes place for the second time. The music documentary films submitted […]
Krzysztof Zanussi’s Illumination opens with footage of a lecture given by Professor Władysław Tatarkiewicz, in which he describes Augustine’s theory of “illumination”. He concludes that it is the moment that we gain pure and immediate knowledge. This preamble sets up the framework that structures Illumination, the journey of a young man searching for this so-called illumination.
In between training, shagging his live-in girlfriend and comforting his mildly disturbed hippy-dippy mother, Kuba (Banasiuk) has few interests in life.
It’s hard to imagine a film about gay Catholic priests who act on their sexual desires with young charges being less hysterical, more heartfelt and emotional than this.
Dir. Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Poland, 1959, 94 mins, in Polish with subtitles Cast: Lucyna Winnicka, Leon Niemczyk, Teresa Szmigielówna, Zbigniew Cybulski Review by Colin Dibben A superb new restoration of an early film by the director of Mother Joan of the Angels. It’s a bit of a beautiful tease of a film, set almost entirely on […]
Dir. Michal Marczak, Poland, 2012, 90 mins, in Norwegian and German with subtitles Cast: Tommy Hol Ellingsen, Leona Johansson, Danny, Kaajal, Nadine, Natty Review by Colin Dibben Is there anything more annoying than fucking hippies? How about neo-hippies fucking? This documentary on an eco-porn NGO transcends the stoned idiocy of its participants to dwell on […]
Dir. Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi, Wojciech Marczewski, Poland, 1974, 1972, 1990, main features 344 mins, special features 100 mins, in Polish with subtitles Cast: Daniel Olbrychski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Stanislaw Latallo, Malgorzata Pritulak, Janusz Gajos, Zbigniew Zamachowski Review by Colin Dibben Classics. The word strikes fear into my heart. It’s a word I associate with excuses, […]