Patryk Czekaj
Contributing Writer; Warsaw, Poland

Twitter: @PatrykCzekaj

Check Out The Complete Line-Up Of Krakow's Off Plus Camera Film Festival

Now in its 7th edition, Krakow's prominent Off Plus Camera is a film festival devoted solely to world independent cinema. Though relatively young, Off Plus Camera has already been host to some of the most exciting and influential indie filmmakers... More »
  

Udine 2014 Review: Girl-Powered GIRL'S BLOOD Mixes Violence And Nudity In A Strangely Mesmerizing Manner

If I hadn't seen it, I wouldn't have believed that such a film actually exists. What's more, I'm now practically sure that underground cat-fighting clubs such as Girl's Blood can be found not only in Roppongi, but also in some... More »
  

Udine 2014 Review: BE MY BABY, One Hitoshi's Penetrating And Brutally Honest Drama

Definitely the biggest surprise of the second day of this year's Udine Far East Film Festival was One Hitoshi's brutally realistic, dialogue-heavy drama Be My Baby. Shot and edited on a miniscule budget, One's sophomore feature examines the lives of... More »
  

Udine 2014 Review: TINY TIMES Is A Flashy, Slight Shanghai Rom-Com

Chinese emerging young designers are quietly but forcibly taking the fashion world by storm, and in recent years Shanghai has become the "it" place for all ambitious individuals who want to contribute to this all-over impressive movement.Set against the backdrop... More »
  

Full Disclosure 2014 The Directors Cut: Claire Denis

In 2014, Full Disclosure is turning its focus on the filmography of a different celebrated filmmaker each month, and challenging our writers to seek out something new to watch and consider from their sizeable oeuvres. This month welcomes the first... More »
  

Udine 2014: Twitch's Top Ten Most Anticipated Films

Friday, April 25 sees the start of the 16th edition of Europe's biggest and finest festival for popular Asian cinema -- the Udine Far East Film Festival. During the busy and eventful nine days, attendees will be able to watch... More »
  

Review: HARDKOR DISKO Hides Shallow Critique Behind Luscious Visuals

"Be intense or be nothing", says one of the characters in Marcin Skonieczny's dazzling yet ultimately flavorless debut feature Hardkor Disko. Generalizations aside, it's merely a statement that aspires to characterize the youngest generation and its relation to the overpowering... More »
  

Review: KILLING LOVE Kills Off Comic Potential Way Too Quickly

Polish mainstream comedy has been in a state of stagnation for quite some time now. The many recent attempts at reviving its former glory, unfortunately, almost always ended in -- more or less comical -- disaster. It seems that the country's... More »
  

Teaser: Miike Brings Classic Horror Back To Life In OVER YOUR DEAD BODY

It's about time for another dose of Miike Takashi madness! Japan's bad-boy helmer returns with Over Your Dead Body (喰女-クイメ-), a theatrical twist on Tsuruya Nanboku IV's Yotsuya Kaidan, a now legendary Japanese ghost tale that blends murder, betrayal, and revenge in... More »
  

Review: I WISH I KNEW Is Jia Zhangke's Wonderful Ode To Shanghai

Shanghai's emergence as the commercial and financial center of mainland China has obviously got a lot to do with the whole country's gradual and enormously impressive transformation, but in order to comprehend what really happened over the course of years... More »
  

Check Out The Stunning U.S. Trailer For IDA

One of the most highly anticipated Polish films of 2013, Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida has enjoyed a triumphant run on the international festival circuit, gaining massive critical acclaim almost everywhere where it's screened. The powerful and beautifully lensed picture has also... More »
  

GAKKO NO KAIDAN: NOROI NO KOTODAMA Trailer: The Return Of A 90's Horror Franchise

If you're familiar with Haunted School (Gakkō no Kaidan), the successful Japanese horror film series from the 90's, then you probably know what to expect from the upcoming Gakkō no Kaidan: Noroi no Kotodama. But what you may not know is... More »
  

Warsaw Spring Film Festival Lineup Includes IDA, A TOUCH OF SIN, THE PAST, VENUS IN FUR, And More

The 20th annual Spring Film Festival (Wiosna Filmow) kicks off in Warsaw this Sunday and runs through April 13th. It's definitely one of the most interesting cultural events that the capital of Poland has to offer during springtime, and a... More »
  

Review: THE WORD Explains The Mechanics Of Manipulative Revenge

From the very beginning a deep sense of an impending tragedy pervades The Word (Obietnica), Polish filmmaker Anna Kazejak's naturalistic and somber coming-of-age thriller, creating a strangely disturbing yet thoroughly intriguing aura of uneasiness around the two main characters. A... More »
  

BAKUMATSU KOKOSEI Trailer: Travel Back In Time To Edo Period Japan

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time to Edo period Japan? If that's the case, then the upcoming comedy Bakumatsu Kokosei (Bakumatsu refers to the final years of the Edo period; Kokosei is... More »
  

Check Out The NSFW Trailer For Japanese S&M-Themed Thriller FLOWER AND SNAKE ZERO

You know what the top executives of Nikkatsu, Japan's oldest major film studio, decided to do when they knew their precious entertainment company was on the verge of a financial disaster? Nothing spectacular. They simply believed in the power of... More »
  

Sono Sion Set To Direct Live-Action Adaptation Of Adult Manga SHINJUKU SWAN

Great news for all Sono Sion fans out there! The maverick filmmaker will make a return in 2015 with Shinjuku Swan, a live-action adaptation of Wakui Ken's popular Kabukichō-set adult manga. Anime News Network reports that the main cast will... More »
  

Review: BLOOD AND TIES Loses Direction And Eventually Succumbs To Melodrama

Due to a circumstantial, if not completely absurd, turn of events a young woman begins to suspect her loving father of being a ruthless kidnapper-cum-murderer the whole country's been trying to catch for almost 15 years. As a result, she... More »
  

Review: FASTEN YOUR SEATBELT... And Enjoy The Flight

Ha Jung-woo of The Chaser and The Yellow Sea fame begins his screenwriting and directing career with Fasten Your Seatbelt, a congenial and expertly paced airborne comedy that blends lighthearted social satire with simple yet crazy-addictive humor within quite possibly... More »
  

WARSAW STORIES Trailer: An Omnibus Film Dedicated To Poland's Sprawling Capital

Most important cities in the world have their own anthology films. Whether related or not, various stories presented in such specific features tend to reveal a lot about a given place and its citizens, often attempting to evoke a realistic... More »
  
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