Pordenone Silent 2016 – review – PAN TADEUSZ (Ryszard Ordynski, Poland, 1928)

In 1928, Poland celebrated the 10th anniversary of its independence. Audiences were encouraged to celebrate the occasion with Ryszard Ordynski’s adaptation of Adam Mickiewicz’s national book-length poem, Pan Tadeusz. Its story revolves around two noble Polish families in conflict – the Soplicas and the Horeszkas – coming together to form a defensive union against the…

FALLING (“Strimholov,” Marina Stepanska, 2017, Ukraine)

Director Marina Stepanska’s film Falling had its world premiere in the East of the West competition of the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The film examines the after-effects of the Ukrainian revolution of 2014 through the fragile love story between Anton (Andriy Seletskiy) and Katia (Dasha Plahtiy). The two young adults lead parallel lives;…

KVIFF 2017 – review – MEN DON’T CRY (“Muškarci ne plaču,” Alen Drljević, 2017, Bosnia and Herzegovina / Slovenia / Croatia / Germany)

Bosnian documentarian Alen Drljević tries his luck at fiction filmmaking with Men Don’t Cry, which had its world premiere in the official competition of the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where it won the Europa Cinemas Label as Best European Film as well as the festival’s Special Jury Prize. In the film, a group…

KVIFF 2017 – review – ICE MOTHER (“Bába z ledu,” Bohdan Sláma, 2017, Czech Republic / Slovak Republic / France)

Ice Mother, already a box-office hit of the Czechoslovak territory, was screened as part of the Czech films strand of the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Bohdan Sláma’s film revolves around a 60-something-year-old lady, Hana (Zuzana Kronerová) and her unexpected late-life romance with an elderly ice swimmer, Broňa (Pavel Nový) – a drifter living…