We aim to screen as many movies as possible with English subtitles. Unfortunately most movies are only released with Dutch subs.
‘Not only a gripping portrait of Soviet Russia; the film very aptly depicts the distance that can arise between generations.’ ‘A homage to the power of Russian mothers’This is an exceptionally beautiful, deeply moving film about Aliona’s Russian mother and her five sisters. Their mind-boggling stories about life under Stalin are masterfully and poetically depicted by the famous animation artist Simone Massi: a small history of women, about major events. One day, Aliona inherits one-sixth of the wooden house in the Russian countryside where her mother was raised. Together with the members of her Russian family, she clears out the house, learning all the while about her mother’s unknown past and that of her mother’s five sisters. That’s no easy task; they want to let sleeping dogs lie. Yet everyone bears the marks of that past: the lack of everything, the obligatory sacrifice for the greater good, the insignificance of the individual. Very cautiously, she manages to get at the stories – and the details that initially seemed amusing emerge in a completely different light. Aliona van der Horst is one of the Netherlands’ best documentary makers. She tells this personal story in such a refined and fascinating way that the movie acquires the allure of a feature film. In the way her family members bear out their lives, they are at once both small and grandiose. Thanks in part to the poetic imagery that Massi uses to portray the past, the film moves forward to a climax that will deeply touch you.
‘Refreshing look at millennials.’ ‘…a fascinating woman who you're glad you got to know’ ‘Emily Beecham is fabulous in the leading role.’Daphne (beautifully acted by Emily Beecham) is a flamboyant thirty-something apparently leading an aimless life in London. Her activities consist of working in a hip restaurant, casual sex and plenty of drinking. She doesn't really believe in love and armed with quotes by the philosopher Slavoj Žižek she cleverly counters any form of emotional closeness. Many of her nights on the town get out of hand and at her work too she is sometimes unable to keep herself in check. But an unexpected, dramatic event suddenly propels her from observer to participant, and her armour cracks. The door to more self-understanding and connection with those around her has been opened. This realistic British drama with a tinge of black humour is multilayered. We experience the subtle emotions of this wilful thirty-something, as well as the subtleties of the undefined yet familiar world she inhabits. Daphne is a film that covertly takes you by the hand. It makes you hope that Daphne's life takes a turn for the better; you feel she deserves it.
‘Biting social criticism’ ‘Ruthless analysis of the Russian soul.’Virtuoso drama and road movie, inspired by Dostoyevsky's novel of the same name: sharp, absurd, tragic and comical. A woman lives alone on the edge of a Russian village. Her husband is in jail. One day a package she has sent to him is returned undelivered. She decides to travel to the remote Siberian prison complex to find out what is going on. She finds herself passed from pillar to post, caught in a bureaucratic web encountering the one abuser of power and exploiter after the next, each more absurd and sinister than the last. Eventually she finds herself in a Kafkaesque nightmare in which present-day Russia itself seems like a prison. With the intimidating exterior of a barracks from the tsarist period, the prison is similar to the castle described by Kafka: a hermetically sealed institute that invisibly controls the surrounding town. The prison staff are corrupt and the apparently helpful townspeople turn out to be even more untrustworthy. Still, this ‘gentle creature’ does her utmost to get to speak to her husband... ‘A Gentle Creature’ was nominated for the Golden Palm at this year's Cannes Film Festival.