16 March 2018

Barwy ochronne / Camouflage (by Krzysztof Zanussi)

The loose threads of narrative keep circling back to a through-line in the form of an ongoing debate between a young graduate lecturer, Jaroslaw (Piotr Garlicki) and an older, jaded professor, Jakub (Zbigniew Zapasiewicz) who are running a linguistics summer camp. Through their verbal sparring, Jakub is ostensibly attempting to convince Jaroslaw that his world-view, which largely boils down to youthful honesty, is not only naive but an ineffective way to navigate the politics of academia – and by extension the wider dynamics of the latter years of the Communist state. Of course, though, there are many more layers shifting beneath the surface in this densely textured treatise that both expounds and belittles its protagonists conflicting beliefs with equal gusto. ~Ben Nicholson

14 November 2017

Watching it Rain (by Elisa Miller)

Two teenagers live in a little Mexican town. Sofia wants to leave. Jonas has to decide whether to stay or leave with her.

This fiction short film, written and directed by Elisa Miller while a student at the Mexican film academy, the Centro de Capacitaci√≥n Cinematogr√°fica (CCC), as her third year end paper, was originally presented at the Guanajuato Film Festival, to excellent reviews but no awards. Next, it won the "Best short fiction film" award at the Morelia Film Festival 2006 and competed, and won, the Palme d´Or short film at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

02 October 2017

Don't Tell Santa You're Jewish! (by Jody Kramer)

At her hockey league's Christmas party a seven-year-old girl is encouraged by her mom to pretend she's not Jewish so she can sit on Santa's knee. This coming-of-age comedic tale addresses the anxiety of not fitting in.