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United States of Love (Zjednoczone Stany Miłości, Poland 2016)

Tomasz Wasilewski, writer-director of United States of Love is a name to watch. Born in 1980 he has produced a narrative set in a Polish town in 1990. The English title of the film is ironic in two ways. It could be read as a comment directed at the desire of Poles in 1990 for … Continue reading

We Come as Friends (France-Austria 2014)

I went into this screening with some trepidation. All I knew was that it was a documentary set in South Sudan. Would it be harrowing? Would I learn anything new? Could I cope at the end of a very long day? (Festivals can be a test of endurance – it isn’t always the best way … Continue reading

Beti and Amare (Ethiopia-Germany-Canada 2014)

The two young filmmakers behind Beti and Amare were present to introduce and discuss this festival screening at the ICA. Andy Siege performs most of the technical roles and appears himself in a small but crucial role in the film. Pascal Dawson plays ‘Amare’ and generally supports his working partner. Together the two are Kalulu Entertainment … Continue reading

Margarita With a Straw (India 2014)

(This is one of ten reports on films at the 58th London Film Festival – other reports can be found on The Case for Global Film Blog) It will be interesting to see how this film fares on release in India. The biggest hurdle to a successful release is likely to be the presentation of … Continue reading

Nomura #5: The Demon (Kichiku, Japan 1978)

The final Nomura film in Bradford’s retrospective was described initially as bringing an element of horror into its crime melodrama. I’m not sure that is an appropriate description (it might have been more appropriate for The Shadow Within). The title ‘Demon‘ certainly suggests horror but I would argue that this is a melodrama featuring ‘extremes’ … Continue reading

Nomura #4: Castle of Sand (Suna no utsuwa, Japan 1974)

This was presented at Bradford as the biggest hit for Nomura Yoshitaro, surprising his studio Shochiku since it was thought to be an old-fashioned film. The film is much longer than the others in the retrospective at 143 minutes. It’s an adaptation of Matsumoto’s 1961 novel. The English translation of 1989 gives the novel a new title … Continue reading

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