Film Reviews

THE LAST FAMILY: A CULT SURREALIST

PARALLELS AND ENCOUNTERS The first feature film of the Polish filmmaker Jan P. Matuszyński is a story of Zdzisław Beksiński, a Polish surrealist painter famous for his eerie post-apocalyptic works, and a cult artist who has portrayed decaying bodies and fantasized of hard core S&M sexual experiences. Known for his keen sense of humor, he is also scared of spiders and tending to his sick

REDOUBTABLE: GODARD, IN LOVE AND SELF-EXAMINATION

OFFICIAL SELECTION In 2011, French director Michel Hazanavicius took the world by storm with The Artist, a black-and-white silent film about two movie stars in the period when „talkies“ were just being introduced. The film won six Oscars, including the ones for Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Now he is back with a new film, Redoubtable, which world-premiered in the Cannes competition, and

ON BODY AND SOUL: SLAUGHTERHOUSE LOVE

OFFICIAL SELECTION After last year’s comedy thriller Kills on Wheels, and Kornél Mundruczó’s incredible White God in 2014, this year’s Hungary has two representatives in the Official Selection. In addition to the new film by Mundruczó, Jupiter’s Moon, we will screen the Berlin Golden Bear winner On Body and Soul. It marks a return to feature filmmaking after an 18-year gap for Ildikó Enyedi, a

NOVEMBER: AN EPIC PAGAN LOVE STORY

PARALLELS AND ENCOUNTERS „Estonian filmmaker Rainer Sarnet aims to take audiences’ breath away with his new visual epic November, a black-and-white story about tender feelings in a brutal metaphysical environment, where ghosts roam free and people have to find their way through a chaotic jungle of co-existing and competing religious beliefs,“ says Cineuropa‘s critic Tristan Priimagi, a regular guest of our festival. November is based on Estonian novel

LOVELESS: EVERY MAN FOR HIMSELF

OFFICIAL SELECTION ZVYAGINTSEV AT PALIĆ FOR THE THIRD TIME The greatest Russian filmmaker of his generation, Andrei Zvyagintsev, returns to the Palić Official Selection for the third time, after winning the Special Jury Prize in 2011 with Elena, and the Golden Tower for Best Film with Oscar-nominated Leviathan in 2014. Now the director brings us Loveless, which garnered him the Jury Prize at the Cannes

JUPITER'S MOON: A FLYING REFUGEE

OFFICIAL COMPETITION  The 2014 winner of the Golden Tower for Best Film at Palić for White God, the versatile Hungarian theatre and film director Kornél Mundruczó returns to the festival with a new film, Jupiter’s Moon. It is the second film in his purpurted trilogy on perspective and belief, and it had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. After a metaphor of minorities

ICE MOTHER: OLD PEOPLE CAN BE YOUNG TOO

PARALLELS AND ENCOUNTERS One of the leading Czech filmmakers Bohdan Slama, Palić’s regular guest, returns once again to Parallels and Encounters with his new film Ice Mother, which world-premiered at Tribeca. It is the story of Hana, a Czech widow from Prague, marvellously played by Zuzana Kronerova (working with Slama for the fifth time), who may become a role model for older people throughout the world

GORAN:SOME GOOD NEWS LEAD TO CHAOS IN CROATIAN HIGHLANDS

CROATIA IN FOCUS Young Croatian director NevioMarasović’sthird feature film Goran is a dark comedy about a man who lives a simple life in the snow-covered Croatian highlands of GorskiKotar. He has a beautiful wife who happens to be blind and newly pregnant, a steady job as a taxi driver, and a handful of close friends. This carefree existence is put to an end at his birthday

A GENTLE CREATURE: SHOCKED AND CONFUSED

OFFICIAL COMPETITION Ukrainian filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa is one of Eastern Europe’s most distinctive auteurs. Working in both fiction and documentary field, he made seven documentaries since his last feature In the Fog (2012), and now returns with A Gentle Creature, loosely based on Dostoevsky’s story of the same name, which world-premiered at Cannes. As Variety‘s film critic Jay Weissberg notes, „After five years of canonical

1945: A SPECIAL DAY AT THE END OF THE WAR

NEW HUNGARIAN FILM Ferenc Török‘s sixth film, which world-premiered in Berlinale’s Panorama is the black and white portrayal of a special day in the life of a small Hungarian village at the end of the Second World War, as it gets to grips with a past best forgotten and a threatening future. The film starts on a summer’s day in rural Hungary in August 1945.