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Ukraine, wasteland and slow cinema

It is year 2025, Eastern Ukraine. One year has passed since the end of the devastating war. The deserted, almost devoid of vegetation landscape, which lacks potable water, is one huge battlefield, a minefield and a cemetery. Remnants of industry are withdrawing from the region along with people forced to abandon their former lives and set out to seek happiness elsewhere.

All Flavours of Pomegranate

Merab dreams of becoming a famous dancer. However, he has a problem, because in Georgian ballet, the most important thing is the exposition of male energy, and the boy has a talent for gentler movements. The hierarchy of desires will begin to change with the appearance of a new feeling – a desire.

Papicha, Made in France

Superficially, one cannot find any mistakes: the technical performance, image and sound quality, fact-based script or theme – inhumanly timed women in Algeria of 1997, when religious fundamentalism was becoming stronger – are pretty solid. But exactly this perfection is something that completely breaks the film’s credibility. The heroines of Papicha are not only written as in the American film, but also were filmed as so.

10 movies that moved me in 2018

The ability to be moved in the cinema has a ratio inversely proportional to the number of movies watched and one’s experience. The effectiveness of the image in this area does not necessarily mean that we are dealing with a masterpiece, but every tear shed in a dark room full of unknown people is a special moment. Therefore, instead of classic summary of the year, I serve you a list of my ten emotions.

Mushroom spores and herb cake

When you watch a directorial debut or meet a creator for the first time, you are always risking a misfire. This can be forgiven, though, it’s a lottery. But when you go to see a movie of someone you know – even despite the warning signs – especially someone you like and value, but the film turns out to be a flop, it feels like you let yourself down.