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Bahman Kiarostami, son of the prominent Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, who died a few years ago, fulfills the principles of cinema-as-eye in his “Exodus”. Here he grabs the camera and simply – observes people. From this unusually simple and natural, as it seems, act of observation results very much.
In “The Border Fence” one can see better than anywhere else, how strongly the natural, as it seems, desire to help people who lost home clashes with subcutaneous fear of the Other fueled by the media and regulated by law…
Marriage Story is an educational film, because it tells about emotional immaturity, lack of communication skills in the relationship in which it should be the basis, as well as how unknowingly one can use another person, digging oneself in one’s individual, egoistic world.
“Blood Machines” – are exactly what they meant to be. This aesthetics – musical space opera with phenomenal synthwave rhythms composed by Carpenter Brut – can be totally bought.
“The Father’s Shadow” it is not a typical coming-of-age story in which one should expect a cheerful solution to problems or at least an effective transition through the process of growing up. Gabriela Amaral creates a gloomy film, and the dark tension is not only due to the proximity of death…
Eggers’ heroes go to border places where none of the worlds has full influence, but constantly fights and clashes with the other side. These are places where myths, oral traditions, beliefs and stories live.
The young philology student, Ilja, is – without any special reason, except for pure malice – set up by the young agent of the drug department, Piotr, who is acting under cover. Ilja goes to prison for seven long years.
In the movie, the “de-aging” technology was used on actors for the first time (with such a momentum) in history of the cinema. This age manipulation is interesting not only because of the effects, but also because it corresponds with the subject of the film.
Bartosz Kruhilk, debuting as a director with his Supernova, seems to be well aware of the tensions that lie in Polish society. The young artist bravely scratches the wounds and sense of injustice and builds a simple but surprisingly effective thriller that has the viewers on the edge of their seats.
Lungin based his film on a simple tension associated with time running out. Here comes the order to demobilize the forces and come home, but one pilot – being the son of the general – was kidnapped by Afghans. The race against time begins.