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“what Mariam Ghani does is give these movies life outside of the archive they were eventually found in, gives them a different narrative, and finishes them"

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I really enjoyed this one. Full review posted to MovieJawn

Inspired by true events, Dachra starts by digging up a dead body, then sawing off the head of a child. If that does not set the tone for one supremely haunting two hours, I do not know what would. It has all your favorite horror ingredients: shrouded lead baddie, witchcraft, cults, cannibalism, and rituals! It’s Blair Witch, with a smattering of Green Inferno and a cherry-topping of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre just for good measure. Dachra is also notable…

"Reality is one absurd possibility" - stated by the writer-director of this Indie Dutch/Bosnian Drama in an interview, where she also said that she didn't want to portray the characters as heroes, she'd rather be with a joker than a batman. However, her debut feature is a strange little arthouse film about alienation, duality, migration and identity crisis. A quirky road-trip comedy-drama that seems to be going nowhere narratively, but going somewhere emotionally. Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger than Paradise" comes directly…

Deliciously deadpan and with no intention to sanitize its story or characters, this beautifully titled and equally gorgeously designed film is a coming-of-age story that refuses to come of age.

It observes its adolescent antics with good-natured wit and a healthy sense of the absurd, yet it never becomes condescending, aloof or cynical either. It just lets its wonderfully idiosyncratic characters be all that they are, and finds beauty and humor in even their darkest, ugliest moments and decisions.

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“Romanians are bad at making movies. We have such a beautiful country, but they only show doom and gloom,” whines Pompiliu (Alexandru Papadopol) in the shaggy, summery comedy “Two Lottery Tickets.” Meant as a playful jab toward the Romanian New Wave movement that has put the country on the cinematic map, local audiences might have found a little bit of truth in writer/director Paul Negoescu’s script as they were clearly ready for something different. A smash hit upon release in…

a critic's pick for the NYT :-)


Six million euros could change most people’s lives in significant ways. The down-on-his-luck Romanian mechanic Dinel (Dorian Boguta) could use the money to win his wife back from Italy, where he believes she is having an affair with her boss. With the encouragement of his gambling bud Sile (Dragos Bucur) and a small loan from his conspiracy theorist friend Pompiliu (Alexandru Papadopol), Dinel buys two lottery tickets. He plays the winning numbers and…

The County

The County

★★★★

“The County,” a remarkable working-class tale, is the latest release from Dekanalog which specializes in distributing original Foreign-language films. Written and directed by Grimur Hákonarson, his anti-establishment plot focusing on labor issues resembles the quiet revolutionary films by Ken Loach.

The film opens with a cow birth, displaying the drudgery and precarious maneuvers used to bring the adorable creature into this world. Inga (Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir) is a dairy farmer living in Northwestern Iceland on the edge of poverty. After…