Martin Velev

Martin Velev


At the Venice film festival.

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  • Nomadland



    77. Mostra - La Biennale di Venezia

    Film historian Robert Rosenstone claims that any story, whatever its origin, embodies an assembly of chain events organised in a plot. Put differently; a story can exist only when the viewer comprehends the narrative’s cause-and-effect links, which the author has logically assembled. Indeed, the naturalistic and unvarnished Nomadland bridges certain events into a causal relationship (e.g. the subplot with Strathairn’s character, which ultimately leads to the climax); however, others occur somewhat randomly, without…

  • Oslo, August 31st

    Oslo, August 31st


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    The film opens with some random settings of Oslo while, through voice-over, random people talk about their happy memories and moments in the city. Being a recovering drug addict, the main character Anders starts visiting these random places, meeting with old and new acquaintances, searching for a source of 'happy' Oslo memories. The people he meets don't have a perfect life - they have an 'okay' marriage, an 'okay' education, 'okay' dreams, jobs and experiences - however, they're living a…

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  • About Time

    About Time


    Despite the sexist and spatiotemporally absurd time travel, this film moulds a sentimentality that touches me.

  • Kind Hearts and Coronets

    Kind Hearts and Coronets


    Since his mother dies out of the misery her royal family has put her in, Louis decides to kill 'em all and become the Duke himself. Though not insanely hilarious, the elegant, yet parodic narrative keeps a goofy grin on the viewer's face, and because it determines the rules quite early, the subsequent plot-point conveniences don't aggravate. The structural framing (prison, killings, prison), however, amputates the tension - we're bereft of imagining where the lead's wackiness might lead - despite…

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  • In My Room

    In My Room

    'What I did during the quarantine' is the most annoying genre ever.

  • The Sacrifice

    The Sacrifice


    On a seemingly never-ending, beautiful meadow, a middle-aged man, accompanied by his son, philosophises openly. As another character asserts, one might ‘hate his [long-ass, boring] monologues’, but he has that opportunity - to irk people with existential balderdash - and nothing can take that away. Unless something is endangering his basic existence.

    TV announcement for the beginning of a nuclear war.

    The man, surrounded by his family, is now in a confined, smothering environment – his house. He drops the…