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Blossom Valley (2018) **** Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2018

Dir.: Laszlo Csuja; Cast: Reti Laszlo, Berenyi Bianca, Kozma Karoly; Hungary 2018, 83 min. The original Hungarian title of Laszlo Csuja’s debut drama is symbolic: Viragvölgy is the last stop on a children’s railway that runs through Buda Heights and the woods near Budapest. BLOSSOM VALLEY’s impressive cast of non-professionals, Laszlo Reti (a former Special […]

The Receptionist (2017) ***

Dir.: Jenny Lu; Cast: Shiang-chyi Chen, Fan Shixuan, Shuang Teng, Teresa Daley, Sophie Gopsill, Joshua Whitehouse, Stephen Pucci; UK/Taiwan 2016, 102 min. Needs must when the Devil drives comes to mind in describing Jenny Lu’s grim but timely exploration of migrant’s shattered dreams dedicated to Anna, a woman from mainland China, whose life ended in […]

Generation Wealth (2018) ****

Dir.: Lauren Greenfield; Documentary; USA 2018, 106 min. Filmmaker and photographer Lauren Greenfield (Queen of Versailles, 2012) has put her whole working life of 25 years into this mammoth project, which is accompanied by a book and an exhibition – just to make the point. But it is not only the wealthy who are the […]

Ex Libris: The New York Public Library (2017)

Dir: Frederick Wiseman | Doc | US | 197′ Legendary documentarian Frederick Wiseman (In Jackson Heights, National Gallery) takes his cameras within the walls of the New York Public Library for his forty-third film in fifty years which again throws light on a great institution – and is again well over three hours. It would be […]

Pin Cushion (2017)***

Dir: Deborah Haywood | Cast: Lily Newmark, Joana Scanlan | UK | Drama | The age-old subject of bullying is tackled here with tender aplomb by first time writer director Deborah Haywood in her poignant mother daughter buddy movie currently doing the festival rounds and now at Rotterdam International Film Festival. Iona (Lily Newmark) and […]

OUTDOOR and POP-UP Cinema | Summer 2018

THE NOMAD FILM FESTIVAL Alighting at a variety of London venues, the Nomad Film Series starts its Summer programme is back with a series of popular classics Rebecca (1940) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) as well as a chance to catch more recent hits such as Lady Bird (2018) and The Shape of Water […]


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