Six Questions With: Temirbek Birnazarov

    Temirbek Birnazarov is one of the most important Kyrgyz directors working today. His films, deeply observational and concentrated on humanity, often reflect on contemporary political and social issues of the state. His last film, Night Accident (2017) adapted from a short story  The Old Man and the Angel by Talip Ibraimov,  is no exception. […]

Six questions with: Maya Vitkova

Prior to our Manchester screening of Maya Vitkova’s Viktoria, we spoke to the Bulgarian writer-director about her work, inspirations and difficulties facing the audiences in her country.     Although your second film ‘Afrika’ is on the way, we are here to discuss Viktoria – your directorial debut and the first ever Bulgarian film to […]

Review: “Viktoria”: A Great Film About Women, by a Woman

The New Yorker April 2016 (Words by Richard Brody) “Viktoria” runs on the power of political pageantry and propaganda, mass political events, ambient jargon. Vitkova’s depiction of historical personae and events suggests the tuning and conditioning of imagination, and of personal identity, through both the ubiquity and the pressure of political power. Boryana—or the actress […]

Review of Yury Bykov’s The Fool, Barbican Cinema

  “Borrowing its title from Dostoyevsky’s nineteenth-century classic, The Idiot (1869), Bykov reflects age-old antagonisms of moral principle confronting selfish personal interest. Rather than outright denouncing the state system, Bykov explores the inner moral turmoil of the individuals who through their collective actions, willingly or not, systematically undermine the possibility of democratic well-being of its citizens.” Read […]

On homeland mythologies and empowerment: an interview with Czech film-maker Petr Václav

CEEL, December 12, 2016 “Just before the Barbican screening of his award-winning 2016 film We Are Never Alone, director Petr Václav took some time to frame his work in a conversation that started out with questions about Czech identity, and ended on post-truth masculinity and why We Are Never Alone is, essentially, a feminist film: women have a future, […]

New East Cinema: No Place For Fools (Oleg Mavromatti, 2015)

  “Sergey Astahov is a gay man converted by church and state propaganda into an orthodox pro-Putin activist. Composed of terrifying images from Astahov’s blog, this documentary by contemporary artist Oleg Mavromatti is the most radical insight into today’s Russia and its ideological clashes.” Read the whole article here: New East Cinema: No Place For Fools (Oleg […]