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Sobibor Movie Review

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Sobibor Movie Review
SOBIBÓR Samuel Goldwyn Films Reviewed for Shockya.com & BigAppleReviews.net by: Harvey Karten Director: Konstantin Khabenskiy Screenwriter: Anna Chernakova, Michael Edelstein, Ilya Vasiliev, based on the book by Ilya Vasiliev: “Alexander Pechersky: Breakthrough to Immortality” Cast: Konstantin Khabenskiy, Christopher Lambert, Mariya Kozhevnikova, Michalina Olszanska, Philippe Reinhardt Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 3/7/19 Opens: March 29, 2019 […]

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Carga Movie Review

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Carga Breaking Glass Pictures Reviewed for Shockya.com & BigAppleReviews.net by: Harvey Karten Director: Bruno Gascon Screenwriter: Bruno Gascon Cast: Michalina Olszanska, Vítor Norte, Rita Blanco, Sara Sampaio, Miguel Borges, Dmitry Bogomolov, ana Cirstina de Oliveira Screened at: Critics’ link, NYC, 3/1/19 Opens: Tbd. You can tell the bad guys by their smoking. And boy, does […]

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Official Trailer for 'Sobibor' About a Soviet Escaping from a Nazi Camp

"We'll never forgive them again." Samuel Goldwyn Films has debuted an official trailer for the true story World War II survival thriller Sobibor, about the revolt and escape at the concentration camp known as Sobibór in Poland. The story goes that, after only three weeks imprisoned at this Nazi death camp in Poland in 1943, Soviet Officer Alexander Pechersky organized a mass revolt and prison break, successfully escaping and helping many of the other prisoners escape as well. Many of the escapees were later caught and died - but the rest, led by Pechersky, eventually joined the resistance. The film stars Konstantin Khabenskiy as Pechersky, who is also making his directorial debut on this film, with a full cast including Christopher Lambert, Mariya Kozhevnikova, Michalina Olszanska, Philippe Reinhardt, Maximilian Dirr, Mindaugas Papinigis, and Wolfgang Cerny. This seems to be yet another intense WWII concentration camp film, but with some hope considering
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Breaking Glass Pictures Acquires North American Rights to ‘Carga’ (Exclusive)

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Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to Bruno Gascon’s high-concept feature debut “Carga,” a human trafficking thriller with Polish star Michalina Olszanska, Victor Norte and Sara Sampiao.

Shot in English, Russian and Portuguese, “Carga” is being represented in international markets by Paris-based company Wide Management.

Olszanska headlines the film as a woman searching for a better life who gets caught in a dangerous web of human trafficking after crossing paths with a truck driver. “(“Carga”) paints the situation of vulnerable yet fiercely strong women, who are compelled into service for commercial sex through force, fraud and coercion,” said Wide Management’s head of sales Danya Hannah who negotiated the deal with Breaking Glass CEO Rich Wolff.

Richard Ross, co-president of Breaking Glass, said the film was “intense, harrowing and genuinely suspenseful.”

“Gascon’s superb feature debut tells a contemporary tale of survival in the harsh world of sex trafficking,
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1983 (2018) Teaser Trailer: A Terrorist Attack in 1983 Poland Keeps the Iron Curtain up for Decades [Netflix]

1983 Trailer Netflix‘s 1983 (2018) TV show trailer stars Robert Wieckiewicz, Maciej Musial, Michalina Olszanska, Andrzej Chyra, and Zofia Wichlacz. 1983‘s plot synopsis:”The deeply frozen Cold War is heating up. Twenty years after a devastating terrorist attack in 1983 that halted the course of Poland’s liberation and the subsequent downfall of the Soviet Union, an idealistic [...]

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Making Matilda by Amber Wilkinson

Matilda and Nicholas. Alexey Utichel: 'It was quite unusual before the film was screened because, no one saw it but we had those very grave accusations that I believe were undeserved' Photo: Courtesy of Kinostar Films Aleksey Uchitel on the set of Matilda Photo: Courtesy of Kinostar Films Aleksey Uchitel's Matilda (Mathilde) - which closes London's Russian Film Week tonight (November 26) tells the story of Tsar Nicholas II's (Lars Eidinger) romance with ballerina Matilda Kshesinskaya (Michalina Olszanska) prior to becoming emperor and his marriage to Alexandra Feodorovna (Luise Wolfram). Given its Merchant Ivory-style sumptuousness and fairy tale-inflected storytelling, it may seem an unlikely candidate for controversy, but before its release in Russia it sparked mass protests and even terror attacks because Nicholas is now considered a saint by the Russian Orthodox Church.

During the first Fipresci colloquium on Russian Cinema, Uchitel was on hand to introduce the film
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October 10th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Wish Upon Director’s Cut, The Poughkeepsie Tapes, Baby Driver

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Oh, man. The home entertainment releases for October 10th are bonkers, as we have a ton of brilliant offerings making their way to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday. Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver hits multiple formats this week, and we also have the unrated cut of Wish Upon to look forward to as well. Scream Factory is digging up The Poughkeepsie Tapes (finally) for their Blu/DVD Combo release, and Criterion Collection has put together a stunning presentation for The Lure.

Cult cinema fans will want to pick up the new Blu-rays for Kill, Baby… Kill and The Green Slime, and for those looking for some new horror experiences, Temple, Open Water 3, and Demonic come home on October 10th.

Baby Driver (Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 4K Ultra HD/Blu/Digital, Blu/Digital & DVD)

Baby (Ansel Elgort) – a talented, young getaway driver – relies on the beat of his personal
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Panorama Europe Film Festival Returns To MoMI, Runs May 5-21 and Includes 17 New Films From Across Europe

While it may not be that rare to see your arthouse cinema stacked to the rim with the latest and greatest from the world of European cinema, there are cavalcades of superlative motion pictures from every corner of the continent that rarely see the light of day here stateside, if ever at all. Thus, festivals like this year’s Panorama Europe Film Festival draw great importance.

Now in its ninth iteration, Peff sees Museum of the Moving Image in New York City teaming with the European Union National Institutes for Culture to bring to attendees some recent gems from throughout Europe. Be it a new documentary from Austrian auteur Ulrich Seidl or a science-fiction picture from director Kuba Czekaj, there are no films quite like the 17 fiction and non-fiction features that have been collected in this wonderfully curated series.

Leading the pack in my own estimation is the new film
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‘I, Olga Hepnarova’ Exclusive Clip: A Young Czech Woman Questions Her Place in Society in True Crime Drama — Watch

‘I, Olga Hepnarova’ Exclusive Clip: A Young Czech Woman Questions Her Place in Society in True Crime Drama — Watch
Petr Kazda and Tomas Weinreb’s film “I, Olga Hepnarova” tells the true story of the shocking crimes of Olga Hepnarova, a young Czech woman who murdered eight people in 1973.

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The film shows Hepnarova as a lonely lesbian outsider from a coldhearted family who doubted her place in society and was unable to connect with others. Her feelings of isolation eventually lead her, at just twenty-two years old, to drive a truck into a group of people waiting to board a tram in Prague. Before the murder, she sent a letter to two newspapers explaining her action as revenge for the hatred against her by her family and the world.

She was later found to be sane and sentenced to death, making her the last woman executed in Czechoslovakia.

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The Lure is a Charming Mess [Review]

Cannibalistic mermaid movie. If that doesn't make your heart flutter, we can't be friends.

The very concept of director Agnieszka Smoczynska's feature film debut The Lure is this perfect mesh of material specifically designed for someone who, like me, loves a good fairy tale, a dash of horror and cheesy 80s dance music.

Silver (Marta Mazurek) and Golden (Michalina Olszanska) are mermaid sisters who are adopted into a cabaret in Warsaw by the house band led by a singer (Kinga Preis) and her husband and drummer (Andrzej Konopka). The girls are an instant hit, performing a nightly show for a packed house.

Silver quickly falls in love with the band's base player but Golden is more interested in eating the locals. Eventually Silver makes the ultimate sacrifice and trades [Continued ...]
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Trailer Watch: A Young Woman Is Pushed Over the Edge in “I, Olga Hepnarova”

“I, Olga Hepnarova”

“To commit suicide you need a strong will, my child. Something you certainly don’t have. Accept it.” Yikes. This is definitely not what someone needs to hear after a suicide attempt lands them in the hospital, but it’s what the titular character of “I, Olga Hepnarova” is told when she returns home after the incident. A new trailer for the award-winning Czech drama makes it abundantly clear that Olga (Michalina Olszanska, “The Lure”) is in a bad place, and she’s not receiving the help she needs.

The black and white film, directed by Petr Kazda and Tomás Weinreb, is based on a true story. “Hepnarova was a young, lonely lesbian outsider from a coldhearted family who couldn’t play the part society desired of her,” “I, Olga Hepnarova’s” official synopsis hints. “Her paranoid self-examination and inability to connect with other people eventually drove her over the edge of humanity when she was only 22 years old.”

“I know I’m a psycho, but an enlightened one. One day you’ll pay for your laughter and my tears,” says Olga in the spot.

On July 10, 1973, she “drove a rented truck into a group of about 25 people waiting for a tram in Prague, Czechoslovakia, all aged between 60 to 79, killing eight of them,” the film’s press materials detail. “Before the murder, she sent a letter to two newspapers explaining her action as revenge for all the hatred against her by her family and the world.”

“I, Olga Hepnarova” picked up awards at fests including the Minsk International Film Festival and Vilnius International Film Festival, and will open in NY March 24 with a wider release to follow.


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The Lure Review

Agnieszka Smoczynska’s The Lure demands praise as one of the year’s most unique, unexpected treats; a fanciful feast of cannibalistic Eurotrash ultra-sweetness. Believe in this female-directed debut about playful sirens who pack disco-drenched nightclubs. Dive headfirst into musical mayhem spawned from pixie-punks with gigantic eel tails. Have your minds blown by a foreign-romantic-musical-thriller about murderous sea seductresses who’d dominate the next Eurovision competition. You are not ready for The Lure, and nor should you be – Smoczynska’s unconventional creation is pure sonic seduction.

Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszanska star as the film’s young muses, Srebrna (Silver) and Zlota (Golden). The two mermaid sisters emerge from blackened waters, captivated by a Polish nightlife band known as Figs ‘N Dates. Before long, they become part of a Warsaw cabaret act that incorporates their mermaid forms (hey, kink sells). Silver and Golden unleash their voices, splash a little water
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Watch: Official Us Trailer for Wacky Polish Mermaid Film 'The Lure'

"All you need to do is have fun. The rest is easy." Janus Films has debuted an official Us trailer (red band for mermaid nudity) for a film titled The Lure, a wacky Polish indie about two mermaid girls who join a human band in Warsaw. Part comedy, part cabaret, part horror, part romance, you won't find anything else like this film out there, though it may be a little too wacky for some. The cast includes Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka, Jakub Gierszal, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Katarzyna Herman and Marcin Kowalczyk. I've been hearing about this film for a while, ever since it premiered at Sundance last year, and it's destined to become a cult classic - catch it in theaters this winter. Here's the first red band trailer (+ poster) for Agnieszka Smoczynska's The Lure, originally from EW.com: One dark night, at water's edge, a
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New Trailer For Cannibal Mermaid Musical ‘The Lure’ Brings The Weirdness

Spending a good part of last year hitting nearly every corner of the festival circuit, those who delight in the off-beat and weird have been singing the praises of “The Lure.” Agnieszka Smoczynska‘s film is a cannibal mermaid musical, and if that three-word description doesn’t at least make you curious, I’m not sure what to tell you.

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Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Jakub Gierszal, Kinga Preis, Andrzej Konopka, and Zygmunt Malanowicz are the ensemble that bring this ’80s-set story to life, one that sees the bond between mermaid sisters tested when a man enters the mix.

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The Raging Fire of "I, Olga"

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Mubi is exclusively showing Tomáš Weinreb & Petr Kazda's I, Olga (2016) from November 18 - December 17, 2016 in the United Kingdom.Sitting in limbo somewhere on an editor’s desktop is a piece that I wrote about Robert Greene’s recent Kate Plays Christine, which I had thought of giving the title Kate Plays Christine Plays Itself; “plays” being in the colloquial, slang-ish sense of the word meaning, sort of: “betrays.” A film about Christine Chubbuck, the late Floridian newscaster who, in the 1970s, blew her brains out on live television, it opens with a reading from her teenage diary citing her interest in being a wife and mother. She never was. She was also never taken seriously in her male-dominated workplace and, in her own words, took issue with the content of modern-day TV news, i.e. with its sexed-up violence. “In keeping with Channel 40’s policy of bringing you the
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I, Olga review – an alienating look back in anger

A disjointed character study in stark monochrome makes for a tough but rewarding viewer experience

Shot in black and white, with no music and a punishingly relentless rhythm of suffering, this real-life Czech drama is brutally austere. A portrait of a deeply troubled young woman, Olga Hepnarová (Michalina Olszanska), the film is jarringly episodic. Often little more than a series of seemingly unrelated scenes, it’s an alienating viewing experience, and that, perhaps, is the point. As Olga feels herself repelled by society, so the audience is held at arm’s length. Enshrouded in cigarette smoke and self-pity, Olga is an abrasive character. Audience empathy is likely to be in short supply.

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I, Olga review – wretched Euro arthouse drama stupifies a grim crime

This film, based on an act of violence in Czechoslovakia in 1972, may be in black and white and full of gratuitous lesbian sex scenes but lord is it dull

Even if you go into this film knowing absolutely nothing about the true story on which it’s based – a shocking mass murder that foreshadowed a recent atrocity in France – you’ll sense something dreadful is going to happen because so much of it is crushingly dull. After all, there’s a kind of algorithm that controls the structure of this sort of austere Euro arthouse cinema. The maths dictate that the viewer must suffer through a certain quantity of pointlessly long shots of people driving, smoking or staring blanking into space, suffused with ennui and alienation, before the film will deliver either sex scenes or acts of violence. In this case, both love and death are portioned out through the
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Official UK Trailer for Cautionary Tale 'I, Olga' from the Czech Republic

"My verdict is: I, Olga Hepnarová, the victim of your bestiality, sentence you to death penalty." Those were the famous words of a 22-year-old mass murderer, who in 1973 drove a truck into a group of innocent people in Prague. The film I, Olga (titled in full I, Olga Hepnarová) tells her story in black & white, and it's a harrowing cautionary tale about how a careless society and relentless bullying drove this young woman to become a murderer. Michalina Olszanska plays Olga, described as a "complex young woman desperate to break free from her unfeeling family and social conventions." This seems like an intimate story that takes a cold, hard look at how troubling and harsh society can be. And how it turns good people bad. Watch below. Here's the UK trailer (+ poster) for Petr Kazda & Tomás Weinreb's I, Olga, from YouTube (via Lwl): Raised in Prague, Olga Hepnarová was timid by nature,
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Made In Prague Film Festival line-up announced by Amber Wilkinson - 2016-10-07 12:19:03

Michalina Olszanska in I, Olga Hepnarová, which will open the Made In Prague Film Festival The line-up for the 20th edition of the Made In Prague Film Festival, which will run from November 5 to December 2, has been announced.

The festival, organised by the Czech Centre in London, will open with the UK premiere of I, Olga Hepnarová, which charts the life of the last Czech woman to be hanged. Female protagonists and family affairs are key themes in this year's festival, with other films featuring strong women, including Fipresci award winner Eva Nová, Marko Skop's drama about an ageing actress and recovering alcoholic who is fighting for a second chance, and Helena Trestikova's Doomed Beauty, a portrait of the meteoric rise and fall of interwar movie star Lida Baarova.

A young widow stands at the heart of Jiří Sádek's psychodrama The Noonday Witch, while a nurse takes centre stage
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Review: ‘The Lure’ Is The Best Goth Musical About Man-Eating Mermaids Ever Made

Review: ‘The Lure’ Is The Best Goth Musical About Man-Eating Mermaids Ever Made
Imagine if Gaspar Noé and (the late) Andrzej Zulawski collaborated on a remake of “The Little Mermaid” and you’ll have a faint idea of what to expect from Agnieszka Smoczynska’s “The Lure,” a wonderfully demented new musical that bridges the gap between Hans Christian Andersen and Nine Inch Nails.

The fun begins in Communist-era Poland, where a mopey young musician named Mietek (Jakub Gierszal) stands by the waters of Warsaw and strums a folksy lament. If Mietek doesn’t seem all that surprised when two comely sea sirens pop their heads out of the surf and sing a reply (promising not to eat him, natch), perhaps that’s because he’s a little tipsy — given the strange energy that pumps through Smoczynska’s film from start to finish, it won’t be long before you know just how he feels.

Their names are Golden (Michalina Olszanska) and Silver
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