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, […]
Presents: In Association with Eye Sea Posters: ILUZJON A Celebration of Polish Cinema & Poster Design at 18 Hewett Street, 19-29 October 2012 “Everything starts with the EYE. It must be educated, independent – abstract.” Henryk Tomaszewski, Poster Artist Iluzjon is an exhibition that showcases the very best of Polish film and theatre posters from […]
Dir: Piotr Mularuk, Poland, 113 mins, 2012 Cast: James Gierszal, James Kamienski, Christopher Skonieczny Review by James Arthur Armstrong The story begins three years after the fall of the communist regime. Zyga (Gierszał) is sick and tired of watching the colourful world only in magazines. Zyga wants to take control of his own life post-communism, but unwittingly gets […]
Soccer hooliganism explodes into the world of white-collar crime head on as two recently reunited footie friends find themselves way out of their league in this hard-hitting compelling British crime-thriller – based on a true story – from the producers of “The Last Seven” and “Elfie Hopkins”. Synopsis: Unemployed and desperately seeking work, Mike Jacobs bumps […]
Dir. Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Poland, 1960, 110 mins, in Polish with subtitles Cast: Lucyna Winnicka, Mieczyslaw Voit, Anna Ciepielewska Review by Colin Dibben The visually striking exorcist classic has finally been restored and is here presented on DVD using high-definition transfer. No, it’s not a horror film and neither is it a ‘nunsploitation’ film. It is, […]