Martin Kudlac
Slovak Republic

Warsaw 2015 Interview: Kenny Riches on Off-Kilter Comedy THE STRONGEST MAN

Quirky indie comedy The Strongest Man by Kenny Riches has been traveling the world since its Sundance world premiere and recently visited Europe Poland's capital city where the film competed in the first and second film section. The titular protagonist, Cuban... More »
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Fantastic Fest 2015 Review: THE BRAND NEW TESTAMENT, A Playful Blasphemy

Belgian helmer Jaco van Dormael emerged on the filmmaking scene with Toto the Hero, a life-long spanning story condensed into a 90-minute kaleidoscope made up of flashbacks and fantasies of the eponymous protagonist. Van Dormael´s penchant for epic narratives... More »
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Watch The Trailer For Cyberpsychadelic VIDEOPHILIA (AND OTHER VIRAL SYNDROMES)

Rotterdam's Hivos Tiger Award winner Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes), directed by promising Paruvian talent Juan Daniel F.Molero - the recent winner of the Grand Prix at the Split Film Festival - has launched an English friendly trailer. Since... More »
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Smoke Some Kippers, The RED DWARF Bunch Will Be Back For Breakfast

The television grave excavating continues, as a quartet of space misfits slash adventurers make a comeback for more wacky escapades. The rumor about the resurrection of the cult British sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf had been making the rounds this... More »
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Trailer For New Czech-Slovak Film WILSON CITY Promises Black Comedy And Genre Pastiche

New Czech-Slovak film Wilson City has an English subbed trailer that promises a comedic genre romp come its domestic release in October. Originally based on a story by Slovak writer Michal Hvorecký, "The Worst Crime in Wilson City", dubbed... More »
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Crowdfund This: TAXIDERMIA Director Finishes New Project, Needs Some Pushing

Hungarian award-winning cult director György Pálfi is preparing a new feature, For Ever, and needs some financial backing for the post-production phase. Principal photography is mainly over and the footage will be soon hurled into the editing room. Pálfi is asking... More »
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Review: JOURNEY TO ROME, Imaginary Embroidery Reigns Over Spiritual Comedy

One of the most common mistakes of filmmaking neophytes is an adamant effort to ram a wagon of ideas into their first outing even at the cost of crippling the final result. The credo, 'I am doing a big film... More »
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Review: THE GREEDY TIFFANY, A Feat In Czech Genre Production

Genre production does not really thrive in Czech Republic. The contrary seems to be the case, and it appears to be rather an endangered species. This year saw the release of two horror films of the same breed (found footage). While... More »
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ENDLESS POETRY: New Jodorowsky Film Swings Into Second Half Of The Shooting Process

The pope of esoteric midnight films returned after 23 years from filmmaking limbo in a poetical semi-autobiopic The Dance of Reality, which saw him also reunited with his former producer Michel Seydoux since their paths parted after Dune´s non-realisation. The 86-year... More »
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TV News: THE COMEDIANS And HAPPYISH Go Down, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT Lives On

The television industry goes through a turbulent period and the smorgasbord of TV shows makes it harder for viewers and shows themselves. The numbers usually decide the future of series -- what lives on and what gets axed, a... More »
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Review: WAYWARD PINES, The Show That Is Not What It Seems To Be

Halfway through the series Wayward Pines, episode five lands a serious twist, a bold move that might have arrived too soon, yet performs as a mighty cliffhanger and game-changer for the whole show. Wayward Pines is currently running on the... More »
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Karlovy Vary Wrap-Up: Celebrating Half A Century Of The Czech Fest

The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival successfully wrapped last week in the Czech spa town, celebrating its 50th anniversary: a true milestone amongst film festivals.In total the 50th edition of the festival screened 226 films for 135,105 viewers.The grand... More »
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Transylvania Film Festival 2015 Review: THE FOOL, A Hero's Journey to The Gutter

The uncontrollable proliferation of superhero films (and other superhero commodities) and the return to the hero myth  popularized by tales from ancient Greece might indicate a sudden need for a messiah figure in the contemporary wasteland. An ordinary man... More »
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Transylvania Film Festival 2015: The Transylvania Trophy Goes THE FIRE, Audience Award to RAMS

Rapidly growing and from year to year enforcing its status as Romania's biggest film gathering, the Transylvania Film Festival, has successfully wrapped its 14th edition. Held in the second most populous city after Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, the festival expanded into... More »
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Review: A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE

Only a few living directors have achieved status in world cinema as Roy Andersson did. Calling him a cult director seems like a huge understatement, even though we are talking about a rather narrow body of work consisting of three features... More »
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Cannes 2015 Review: COSMODRAMA, A French Metaphysical Star Trek

Science-fiction has never taken particularly strong roots in French cinema despite being born in hands of a certain Monsieur Meliés on French soil. And Gallic helmer Phillipe Fernandez is not likely to alter the status quo with his sophomore feature... More »
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Review: Wicked And Witty INSIDE NO.9 Brings Innovation to Television Comedy

The apocalyptic prophecies about the impending doom of television did not materialise and serialized (television) fiction blossoms thanks to alternative distribution channels. Apart from the technological upgrade to hybrid television and the enhancement of consumer´s interactivity and transmediality, the... More »
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Review: Quentin Dupieux's REALITY, Not Just Another Headscratcher

French DJ-cum-filmmaker Quentin Dupieux, aka Mr.Oizo, invaded the cinema landscape rather abruptly through his Dadaistic effort Rubber, following a killing tire in a twisted slasher formula. The comic element aside, Dupieux knew what he was up to since the first minute,... More »
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Review: Hungarian Western MIRAGE, A Visually Opulent Slavery Allegory

The Hungarian director of Bibliotheque Pascal, Szabolcs Hajdu, returns with yet another not so conventional oeuvre, Mirage. After the world premiere held at Toronto last year, the film enters the Slovak and Czech theatre circuit (Slovakia is a minor co-producer... More »
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Istanbul 2015 Review: THESE ARE THE RULES Provokes With Civil Horror

Dramas which keep the tension tightly under the lid while eschewing a boiling melodramatic outburst can be challenging. On the other hand, de-dramatized dramas with smoother edges are easier to chew on for laid-back, cerebral viewers. Croatian director Ognjen... More »
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