Archive for the 'Movies' Category

The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd

February 10, 2019

The Radicalization of Jeff Boyd” – a movie about the tough choices we make along the way. It feels like a psychological drama at times, a combination of a thriller and a romantic comedy at others. The minimal mise-en-scene and the natural acting makes the movie an enjoyable watch that leaves you with a number of questions to ponder over at the end…

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Bubblegum

October 6, 2018

Some Bulgarian movies give an artistic insight into childhood under communism, dreams and illusions then, and today’s reality. Such is the case of 2017 movie “Bubblegum” [original title: Дъвка за балончета], directed by Stansilav Todorov. Two parallel stories, intricately interwoven, one about protagonists’ past, the other – their current fairy tale. A movie about the love we are desperately trying to forget. Loved every minute of it.

Image courtesy: Lenta

Maria Theresa

October 1, 2018

Maria Theresa (1717-1780), the Archduchess of Austria and the Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, was only 23 years old when she ascended to the Austrian throne in 1740, governing the Habsburg monarchy single-handedly. An ardent reformer of education, Austria’s military efficiency, medicine, civil rights, etc.

This engaging 2017 movie, with English subtitles, on her 40-year reign can be watched online >>>

Directions

May 1, 2018

Dimitar Pishev

Stephan Komanadarev’s “Directions” (2017) movie tells the stories of six taxi drivers and their passengers, as they move through the night, each in hope of finding a brighter way forward.

A debut role in the movie for the young talent Dimitar Pishev. A master of ceremony, musician or actor, the stage is obviously his place.

“Directions” gives an excellent “diagnosis” of the contemporary Bulgarian society. To Cannes Film Festival review >>>

Manet – Portraying Life

February 9, 2018

Édouard Manet – father of Modernism, founder of Naturalism or godfather of Impressionism, the documentary “Manet – Portraying Life” exhibition at the Royal Academy gives the answers.  The shifting ground between portraiture and genre is explored in all its complexity.

Manet, The Railway, Photo courtesy: Artsy

Thumbs up again :-)

June 25, 2017

Ever since I have known Ralitsa Assenova in 2014 I associate the Young European Cinema Meeting in Bulgaria with her. This year (19-25 June 2017) the movies I saw were no exception – exceptionally good: “La loi de la Jungle” and  “As I Open My Eyes”.

The former – a French comedy, the latter – Tunisia in the summer of 2010 – just a few months before the revolution – a moving story about the love of freedom, and not only, repressing regimes and not only. Fara herself from the movie (Baya Medhaffar) was there – in the photo below. Keep up the great idea!

From left to right: Baya Medhaffar, Ralitsa Assenova