Martin Kudlac
Slovak Republic

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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Crowdfund This! Help Czech Director Tomáš Krejčí Finish The Most Expensive Film In Czech History

Czech director Tomáš Krejčí has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise 50k USD for the final VFX compositing along as well as grading, music recording, sound design and sound mix to his already shot and edited film. The Tower... More »
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Vilnius Film Fest 2015 Preview: A Look At The Best Of Central European And Balkan Cinema

The capital of Lithuania will soon open its gates to cineastes, with the Vilnius Film Festival "Kino Parsavaris", the largest cinematic event in Lithuania. Roaming the streets of the second biggest city of the Baltic states. The fest runs... More »
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FICUNAM 2015 Review: The Ritual of Emasculation In Genre-Bender I STAY WITH YOU

Excessive, mindless and often weird violence is being carried out by testosterone fueled male hands. Or at least, that´s the stereotype usually assigned to XY chromosome wielding part of mankind, while women are deemed the gentler sex in every... More »
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Review: GHOUL Feeds on Tried-and-Trusted Formulas

Horror films form a very niche and minor part of Czech cinema. Despite boasting a small list of interesting horror films, such as Juraj Herz famous The Cremator or his gothic tale Morgiana, contemporary endeavours failed to please audiences and... More »
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A Year In Czech Cinema

On the day before the Academy Awards were handed out Stateside, another feast of awards occurred in the Czech Republic. The Czech Lions, an annual event, welcomed domestic filmmakers and people from the film industry to celebrate their yearly work. The... More »
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Berlinale 2015 Review: DYKE HARD's Zany Queer Musical Rock and Roll Extravaganza Worships The Best Of Trash

The Berlinale belongs in the triumvirate of most followed film festivals, eagerly pushing its fingers on the pulse of world cinema. As such, it brings a vast variety of oeuvres from all over the globe dubbed as arthouse films. Many... More »
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Rotterdam 2015 Review: VIDEOPHILIA (AND OTHER VIRAL SYNDROMES) Lust and Loathing in Viral Lima

The emerging director Juan Daniel F. Molero premiered his second film Videophilia (And Other Viral Syndromes) in the shrine of progressive audiovisual endeavours: Rotterdam. This rising star -- and somewhat young renaissance man -- is currently fiercely multitasking as director,... More »
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Göteborg 2015 Review: LUCIFER, An Intriguing Reimagination Of A Classic Tale

Belgian director Gust Van den Berghe concludes his triptych on the emergence of human consciousness that began with Little Baby Jesus of Flandr and continued with Blue Bird, the enticingly titled Lucifer. Speaking of consciousness, a better-suited mythological figure in the Western... More »
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Rotterdam 2015 Review: ANGELS OF REVOLUTION, Soviet Avant-gardists Unite

Ethno-omnibus The Celestial Wives of Meadow Mari by Russian filmmaker Aleksei Fedorchenko, a witty and original wanderlust throughout the folklore peculiarities of the Meadow Mari people, a group considered to be last pagans in Europe, was one of the... More »
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Review: HOURLY HUSBAND, A Low-Brow Comedy About Midlife Relationships

The Czech comedy Hourly Husband, a feature debut by Tomáš Svoboda, who comes from a theatre environment, falls into the niche of easy-going comedies designed after a rather folksy blueprint. Hourly Husband addresses the very particular issues of a very particular... More »
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THE TRIBE Director Readies New Film LUXEMBOURG

The world's longest running co-production market, Cinemart, is always one of the most interesting parts of theInternational Film Festival in Rotterdam.  This year is not an exception with colourful batch of promising projects lined up including experimental filmmaker Khavn... More »
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