Martin Kudlac
Slovak Republic

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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Rotterdam 2015: REALITY, Not Just Another Headscratcher By Dupieux

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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Rotterdam 2015 Review: A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE, A Masterpiece

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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Review: HOSTAGE, A Youthful, Nostalgic Take On Growing Up Slovak

Recent Czech cinema has been gaining a reputation when it comes to revisiting history. Hefty award festooned mini-series-cum feature film The Burning Bush directed by renowned filmmaker Agnieszka Holland and Andrea Sedláčková´s sports drama Fair Play shaped moral heroes... More »
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Review: CHILDREN, A Lyrical Look At Patrimonial Relationships And Moral Crises

After Juraj Lehotský´s recent Miracle, Jaro Vojtek, another Slovak documentarian, has turned to fiction territory, debuting with the gently titled film Children. Vojtek is no stranger to the domestic audience. He rose to prominence with the documentary Here We Are... More »
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Preview: Making Waves Festival Will Be Splashing New Romanian Cinema in New York

A little bit of Bucharest will soon rise at New York's Film Society of Lincoln Center where the Making Waves festival is going to hold its 9th edition. The latest crop of Romanian films kicks off December 4. U.S.... More »
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Review: NOWHERE IN MORAVIA, Czech Gothic Painted In Bleak Comedy

Czech actor, theatre director and chief of the theatre Dejvické Divadlo, Miroslav Krobot, possessing as diverse acting experience on top of the directing work as playing the lead in Bela Tarr´s The Man from London or having himself rotoscoped for the Alois... More »
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Karel Roden Kisses Asses in New Trailer for THE PHOTOGRAPH

Czech actor Karel Roden - who can be seen as Grigori Rasputin in del Toro´s Hellboy or as Viktor in Frankenstein´s Army - becomes infamous Czech photographer Jan Saudek in a film inspired by his life, The Photograph. Saudek´s... More »
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Preview: The Foreign Oscar Contenders Meet At Tallinn's Black Nights Film Festival

It used to be that the big late season festival stop was the Viennale in Austria, where the important titles of the year were collected in the exquisite programming. However, a festival wolf has started howling in Estonia and gets... More »
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Warsaw 2014 Interview: THE LESSON Co-director Petar Valchanov On The State Of Bulgarian Cinema

In Peter Valchanov & Kristina Grozeva's The Lesson, schoolteacher Nadezhda (Margita Gosheva) discovers that there is a thief in her class and decides to not let this petty offense go unpunished. Unfortunately, as soon as she returns home, she finds... More »
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Warsaw 2014 Interview: Documentarian Adam Bardach Talks The Chutzpah Needed To Fool Nazis

Filmmaker Adam Bardach attended the 30th edition of Warsaw International Festival to premiere his new documentary Dancing Before the Enemy: How a Teenage Boy Fooled Nazis and Lived. The film is a portrait of his father, Gene Gutowski, who survived... More »
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Warsaw 2014: NAME ME Zooms In On Abandoned Daughters

Nigina Sayfullaeva's feature debut Name Me opens with 17-year-old Olya collecting the courage to look her biological father in the eyes for the first time. To ease the melodramatic atmosphere, she is accompanied by her easygoing, overly self-confident and fun-seeking friend,... More »
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Review: It's Baudrillard Revisited In Czech Anti-Rom DELIGHT

Czech director Jitka Rudolfová rejoins the ranks of emerging filmmakers worth following. Her feature debut, a sort of generational observation piece called Dreamers, focuses on a group of friends in their 30's who decide to change their aimless lives. Delight... More »
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