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4-7. Rojst - The Mire '97 (Netflix, 2021, Poland) 7.5/10 ... 33 minutes carried over
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9. The Good Man (2013) * 63 min. (Slovakia)

In a small town full of morose and depressed people near the Slovak-Hungarian border, a young man has 3 days to make 3 people happy. A well made student film that is easygoing and whimsical, it made me happy.
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1. Mir kumen on/We're on Our Way (1938) * 59 min. (Poland) (Yiddish)
2. Przypadek/Blind Chance (1987) * 122 min. (Poland)
3. Krótki film o zabijaniu/A Short Film About Killing (1988) * 85 min. (Poland)
4. Krótki film o milosci/A Short Film About Love (1988) * 87 min. (Poland)
5. W lesie dzis nie zasnie nikt/Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (2020) * 103 min. (Poland)
6. Szabadgyalog/The Outsider (1981) * 122 min. (Hungary)
7. Werckmeister harmóniák/Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) * 140 min.  (Hungary)
8. Cerný Petr /Black Peter (1964) * 85 min.  (Czechoslovakia-Czechia)
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20. Údolí vcel (Valley of the Bees, 1968, Vlácil, Czechoslovakia) 8/10
21. Na srebrnym globie (On the Silver Globe, 1988, Zulawski, Poland) 4,5/10
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01. Sanatorium pod klepsydra (The Hourglass Sanatorium, 1973, Has, Poland) 6/10
02. Panna a netvor (Beauty and the Beast, 1978, Herz, Czechoslovakia) 6,5/10
03. Kdo chce zabít Jessii? (Who Wants to Kill Jessie?, 1966, Vorlícek, Czechoslovakia) 4,5/10
04. Zert (The Joke, 1969, Jires, Czechoslovakia) 7,5/10
05. Családi tüzfészek (Family Nest, 1977, Tarr, Hungary) 6,5/10
06. Szabadgyalog (The Outsider, 1981, Tarr, Hungary) 6,5/10
07. Muzi bez krídel (Men Without Wings, 1946, Cáp, Czechoslovakia) 5/10
08. Panelkapcsolat (The Prefab People, 1982, Tarr, Hungary) 7/10
09. Démanty noci (Diamonds of the Night, 1964, Němec, Czechoslovakia) 6,5/10
10. Öszi almanach (Almanac of Fall, 1984, Tarr, Hungary) 6,5/10
11. Mlyn i krzyz (The Mill and the Cross, 2011, Majewski, Poland) 7/10
12. Sátántangó (1994, Tarr, Hungary) 8/10
13. A londoni férfi (The Man from London, 2007, Tarr, Hungary) 6,5/10
14. Intimní osvetlení (Intimate Lighting, 1965, Passer, Czechoslovakia) 6,5/10
15. Ziemia obiecana (The Promised Land, 1975, Wajda, Poland, #Yiddish) 7,5/10
16. Nova Lituania (2019, Kaupinis, Lithuania) 6,5/10
17. O necem jiném (Something Different, 1963, Chytilová, Czechoslovakia) 7/10
18. Szürkület (Twilight, 1990, Fehér, Hungary) 7/10
19. Petla (The Noose, 1958, Has, Poland) 7,5/10
20. Údolí vcel (Valley of the Bees, 1968, Vlácil, Czechoslovakia) 8/10
21. Na srebrnym globie (On the Silver Globe, 1988, Zulawski, Poland) 4,5/10
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8 - Faraon (1966) aka Pharaoh - 7.5/10 (Poland)
9 - In Darkness (2011) - 8/10 (Poland)
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Eastern European Promises
1. Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (2020) Poland
2. Jacob, Mimmi, and The Talking Dogs (2019) Latvia
3. I'd Prefer Your Problems Princess (2018) Belarus
4. The Man with the Magic Box (2017) Poland
5. Final Cut: Ladies and Gents (2012) Hungary
6. What a Wonderful World (2014) Moldova
7. Chasing Two Hares (1961) Soviet Ukraine
8. The Flower Shop (2017) Slovakia
9. The Soviet Story (2008) Latvia
10. The Dissidents (2017) Estonia
11. The Road Movie (2016) Belarus REVISION
12. Takový je zivot (1930) Czechia
13. Anarchy Parlor (2015) Lithuania
14. The Gambler (2013) Lithuania
15. The Unsaved (2013) Moldova
16. The Teacher (2016) Slovakia
17. Playground (2016) Poland
18. The Bobot (2018) Ukraine
19. Milada (2017) Czechia
20. Raggie (2020) Estonia
21. Login (2013) Hungary
22. Loop (2016) Hungary

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His pregnant girlfriend hit by a car, a drug dealer tries to alter what happened after discovering that he is stuck in a time loop in this Hungarian thriller. The plot is slightly more complex than that though and the whole thing soon becomes very complicated and hard to follow with dozens of characters and locations. It soon becomes unclear when certain loops are ending and others are beginning. Intriguing stuff for sure, but a bit frustrating too.

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29. Romance for Bugle (1967, Czechia) - 7/10
30. Silence and Cry (1968, Hungary) - 7/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
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22. Erotikon (Seduction, 1929, Machatý, Czechoslovakia) 5,5/10
23. Holubice (The White Dove, 1960, Vlácil, Czechoslovakia) 7/10
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01. Sanatorium pod klepsydra (The Hourglass Sanatorium, 1973, Has, Poland) 6/10
02. Panna a netvor (Beauty and the Beast, 1978, Herz, Czechoslovakia) 6,5/10
03. Kdo chce zabít Jessii? (Who Wants to Kill Jessie?, 1966, Vorlícek, Czechoslovakia) 4,5/10
04. Zert (The Joke, 1969, Jires, Czechoslovakia) 7,5/10
05. Családi tüzfészek (Family Nest, 1977, Tarr, Hungary) 6,5/10
06. Szabadgyalog (The Outsider, 1981, Tarr, Hungary) 6,5/10
07. Muzi bez krídel (Men Without Wings, 1946, Cáp, Czechoslovakia) 5/10
08. Panelkapcsolat (The Prefab People, 1982, Tarr, Hungary) 7/10
09. Démanty noci (Diamonds of the Night, 1964, Němec, Czechoslovakia) 6,5/10
10. Öszi almanach (Almanac of Fall, 1984, Tarr, Hungary) 6,5/10
11. Mlyn i krzyz (The Mill and the Cross, 2011, Majewski, Poland) 7/10
12. Sátántangó (1994, Tarr, Hungary) 8/10
13. A londoni férfi (The Man from London, 2007, Tarr, Hungary) 6,5/10
14. Intimní osvetlení (Intimate Lighting, 1965, Passer, Czechoslovakia) 6,5/10
15. Ziemia obiecana (The Promised Land, 1975, Wajda, Poland, #Yiddish) 7,5/10
16. Nova Lituania (2019, Kaupinis, Lithuania) 6,5/10
17. O necem jiném (Something Different, 1963, Chytilová, Czechoslovakia) 7/10
18. Szürkület (Twilight, 1990, Fehér, Hungary) 7/10
19. Petla (The Noose, 1958, Has, Poland) 7,5/10
20. Údolí vcel (Valley of the Bees, 1968, Vlácil, Czechoslovakia) 8/10
21. Na srebrnym globie (On the Silver Globe, 1988, Zulawski, Poland) 4,5/10
22. Erotikon (Seduction, 1929, Machatý, Czechoslovakia) 5,5/10
23. Holubice (The White Dove, 1960, Vlácil, Czechoslovakia) 7/10
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1. Feldobott kö a.k.a. The Upthrown Stone (Sándor Sára, 1969, Hungary) - 5/10
2. Zycie za zycie. Maksymilian Kolbe (Krzysztof Zanussi, 1991, Poland) - 6/10
3. Kazdy den odvahu (Evald Schorm, 1964, Czechia) - 7/10
4. Siekierezada (Witold Leszczynski, 1986, Poland) - 3/10
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finally started my campaign but dont expect to perform so well bc it's not a top priority
Ukraine Top 100 improving on my current near bronze level

1. Чувcтвительный милиционер - Chuvstvitelnyy militsioner - The Sentimental Policeman 5.5/10
might one day make subs for this, or at least part of the job
2. Совесть - Sovist 7/10 Idi I Smotri from Ukraine
3. Varta1, Lviv, Ukraine - radio broadcasts during the protests by protesters. bored. here with subs.
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4. Я и другие - I and Others - Ya i drugiye 8/10 psychological experiment about group opinion compliance. something to complement Obedience maybe.
5. The Earth Is Blue as an Orange - docu about life in war zone

55 watched, 54 to go
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ANARCHISTS, ANIMAL RIGHTS, Assisted suicide, Existential films, SOCIALIST CINEMA (an amalgamation of lists), Feminist lists, various GSSRM lists (aka LGBTQ+), 2010s bests, Visual Effects nominees, kid-related stuff, great animes (mini-serie or feature), very 80s movies, mah huge sci-fi list, ENVIRO, remarkable Silent Films and Pre-Code (exploring 1925 atm) and every shorts and docu list I'm aware of and
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and "Gordon" Liu Chia-Hui/Liu Chia-Liang and Yuen Woo-ping and "Sammo" Hung Kam-bo
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Eastern European Promises
1. Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (2020) Poland
2. Jacob, Mimmi, and The Talking Dogs (2019) Latvia
3. I'd Prefer Your Problems Princess (2018) Belarus
4. The Man with the Magic Box (2017) Poland
5. Final Cut: Ladies and Gents (2012) Hungary
6. What a Wonderful World (2014) Moldova
7. Chasing Two Hares (1961) Soviet Ukraine
8. The Flower Shop (2017) Slovakia
9. The Soviet Story (2008) Latvia
10. The Dissidents (2017) Estonia
11. The Road Movie (2016) Belarus REVISION
12. Takový je zivot (1930) Czechia
13. Anarchy Parlor (2015) Lithuania
14. The Gambler (2013) Lithuania
15. The Unsaved (2013) Moldova
16. The Teacher (2016) Slovakia
17. Playground (2016) Poland
18. The Bobot (2018) Ukraine
19. Milada (2017) Czechia
20. Raggie (2020) Estonia
21. Login (2013) Hungary
22. Loop (2016) Hungary
23. Kiler (1997) Poland

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An amusing comedy about a pathological liar who is falsely arrested for a series of contract killings he later falsey admits to. Things get really funny after he is busted out of prison and hired for jobs that he has no idea how to carry out, and there are some great moments as he cleverly pretends to execute hits. Cezary Pazura is excellent in the lead role with a real gift of the gab. Jerzy Stuhr is also very funny as the overzealous cop who makes the false arrest.

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8. Wszyscy moi przyjaciele nie zyja [All My Friends Are Dead] (2020, Jan Belci) Poland: 3.0 - I was in the mood for some dumb fun and thought let's try a Polish one to see how those are. Dumb it certainly was, but fun it wasn't.

9. Prípad pro zacínajícího kata [A Case for a Rookie Hangman] (1970, Pavel Jurácek) Czechoslovakia: 3.5 - Jurácek's light adaptation of one of Gulliver's lesser known travels is rightfully often described as Kafkaesque, cause the viewer like the protagonists has very little understanding what's going on most of the time. While some incomprehensible movies can be engaging nonetheless, this one just lost and bored me too often. The best thing about this is def the clear b/w cinematography.

I'm not a Pet Shop Boy
1. Daléka cesta [Distant Journey] (1950, Alfréd Radok) Czechoslovakia : 7.5
2. Cerný Petr [Black Peter] (1964, Milos Forman) Czechoslovakia: 8.0
3. Ikarie XB 1 (1963, Jindrich Polák) Czechoslovakia: 7.5
4. Lásky jedné plavovlásky [Loves of a Blonde/A Blonde in Love] (1965, Milos Forman) Czechoslovakia rewatch: 7.5 > 8.0
5. Obchod na korze [The Shop on Main Street/The Shop on the High Street] (1965, Ján Kadár & Elmar Klos) Czechoslovakia rewatch: 7.5 > 8.2
6. 90 Degrees in the Shade/Třicet jedna ve stínu (1965,Jirí Weiss) Czechoslovakia: 7.5
7. Csend és kiáltás [Silence and Cry] (1967, Miklós Jancsó) Hungary: 7.8
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5. A martfüi rém a.k.a. Strangled (Hungary, 2016)

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6. Nameja gredzens a.k.a. The Pagan King (Latvia, 2018)
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1. Panna zázracnica a.k.a. Miraculous Virgin (Czechoslovakia, 1967)
2. Karol (Poland, 2005)
3. Slávnost v botanickej záhrade a.k.a. Celebration of a Botanical Garden (Slovakia, 1969)
4. Iluminacja a.k.a. Illumination (Poland, 1973)
5. A martfüi rém a.k.a. Strangled (Hungary, 2016)
6. Nameja gredzens a.k.a. The Pagan King (Latvia, 2018)
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10 - War-Time Romance (aka Voenno-polevoy roman) (1983) - 6/10 (Ukraine)

11 - Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom (2015) - 8.5/10 (Ukraine)
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Eastern European Promises
1. Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (2020) Poland
2. Jacob, Mimmi, and The Talking Dogs (2019) Latvia
3. I'd Prefer Your Problems Princess (2018) Belarus
4. The Man with the Magic Box (2017) Poland
5. Final Cut: Ladies and Gents (2012) Hungary
6. What a Wonderful World (2014) Moldova
7. Chasing Two Hares (1961) Soviet Ukraine
8. The Flower Shop (2017) Slovakia
9. The Soviet Story (2008) Latvia
10. The Dissidents (2017) Estonia
11. The Road Movie (2016) Belarus REVISION
12. Takový je zivot (1930) Czechia
13. Anarchy Parlor (2015) Lithuania
14. The Gambler (2013) Lithuania
15. The Unsaved (2013) Moldova
16. The Teacher (2016) Slovakia
17. Playground (2016) Poland
18. The Bobot (2018) Ukraine
19. Milada (2017) Czechia
20. Raggie (2020) Estonia
21. Login (2013) Hungary
22. Loop (2016) Hungary
23. Kiler (1997) Poland
24. Curtiz (2018) Hungary

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The basic idea is similar to Mank here, but this earlier effort comes off better since the focus is always on the actual filming of an iconic movie, as opposed to the events leading up to it. The recreated Casablanca interiors and exteriors are excellent, it is fun to watch the Epsteins banter on set, and all of the heated studio interference conversations highlight just how different a film we might have had today if Curtiz was not so anti-propaganda.

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31. Izolator (2008, Poland) - 4/10
32. Father (1966, Hungary) - 7/10
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But at the bottom, the immanent philosopher sees in the entire universe only the deepest longing for absolute annihilation, and it is as if he clearly hears the call that permeates all spheres of heaven: Redemption! Redemption! Death to our life! and the comforting answer: you will all find annihilation and be redeemed!
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pierogis, vodka and gallows humor make good companions
1. Smolensk (Antoni Krauze, 2016) Poland
2. Kis Vuk / A Fox's Tale (György Gát/János Uszák, 2008) Hungary/UK
3. The Lost Legion (Petr Kubik/David Kocar, 2014) Czechia/Canada

I'm not sure I would have watched this dire chunk of costume crap had I known beforehand that Czech/Canadian schlockmeister Lloyd Simandl was behind it (credited as "creator" and exec producer here). Simandl was probably the worst director I suffered through last year in the low rating challenge and judging from this film, his work hasn't improved any on going back to his native country and taking a less direct part in the filming process. Well, there are no shower scenes, so I guess that's one difference...oh, but that would have been a GOOD thing in this case, as watching all these sweaty, dirty "barbarians" for 80+ minutes isn't exactly aesthetically pleasing. Story here is a late-Roman, I guess post-fall story with several people squabbling over the remains of empire and the title of emperor, and forming alliances and then betraying them with various tribes of semi-civilized central Europeans. Not a particularly interesting concept on it's own (but not necessarily a bad one either), but the problems here are...everything, really. If the story is so-so, the working out in the screenplay is just terrible, with most of the running time being made up of people insulting each other, threatening each other, and talking about their plans to knife each other in the back. There is very little action, and this is such a pathetically low-budget effort that the most we see of any "armies" is maybe 8 guys, filmed mostly in slow-mo, in what appears to be some forest preserve somewhere, or a gladiatorial combat in a "stadium" with about 20 spectators that's no larger than a 2-bedroom apartment. Horrible acting, some of the most laughable CGI blood I've ever seen, and an ending that just...ends, in what feels like the end of Act II of a four-act play.

Three Polish 500<400 entries...do they measure up?

4. Swiadectwo urodzenia / Birth Certificate (Stanislaw Rózewicz, 1961) Poland
5. Wrony/Crows (Dorota Kedzierzawska, 1994) Poland
6. Przesluchanie / Interrogation (Ryszard Bugajski, 1982/89) Poland

I'm not sure I have much that's interesting or fresh to say about Swiadectwo urodzenia; as mentioned on the top icm comment and probably every comment about the film, it's three short stories about children in World War II, with the first about a boy tagging along with a wagon moving west in the very early days of the war, probably Sept-Oct 1939; the second about a slightly older boy trying to take care of his younger brothers, waiting for his father to come back from the war and mother to come back from the country, in late 1941; and the third and longest segment about a young Jewish girl trying to survive, being shunted from one group of helpful but worried adults to another, until she ends up in a Polish orphanage that is visited by the Gestapo. All three segments are strong, but the third has an unbearable tension and Beata Barszczewska who plays protagonist Mirka is just great. Really striking b/w cinematography by Stanislaw Loth also stands out. Very effective overall and certainly a contender for my own list.

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Wrony is I think even better, something really special. First of all the photography and editing are just remarkable - this is very high-contrast color with enormous differences between the (fairly rare) bright sunny moments and the deep nights and overcast moments, and the editing from scene to scene kept me guessing throughout whether this was going in a more realistic, a lyrical, or an impressionistic and dreamy direction. There are a few brief sequences that really seem like dreams but don't have to be, and an abrupt transition to a train ride in particular took me off-balance. It's a simple story on the surface - a young girl of maybe 10-11, lonely and isolated, ignored by schoolmates and her mother who is either a prostitute or just a woman who sleeps around (very little is explained here, it's all from the girl's perspective) "kidnaps" a smaller girl of maybe 4 from a nearby house and they go off on an adventure together. The way this integrates a big old city, docks, parks, forests, the sea and sand dunes is also really special, it feels like the whole world of nature in all it's variety is around these two kids and yet it's all apparently within their reach in a few minutes or hours; again, it's hard to say whether this whole event is meant to seem literal or more like childhood fantasy and imagination. Being very alone myself these past couple of years I worried that this was really going to depress me, but it's odd and unique enough that it's sadness feels sort of askew to my own, and the ending feels very abrupt and unexpected - like many moments in childhood, when we don't have the experience to know what comes next, or why. Really terrific and I think I'm going to be looking for more from this director; will be on my 500<400 list for sure.

Przesluchanie is the kind of film that makes me angry, and more so these past few years, and I suspect onward over the indefinite future, because it's the kind of film that while describing a specific series of events that I - and I hope most everybody reading this - think are horrible, that we wouldn't wish on anyone, is in fact also a portrait of the kind of society that all too many people actually do wish to live in, of people put down by that society that many Americans would enjoy seeing put down if they could just change the complexion and make it darker, or change the religion or sexuality of the brutalized, the "criminals". In short it's about the totalitarian/authoritarian repression in Poland in the early 50s, of suspected anti-Communists/reactionaries, but it could easily be a story about BLM or Antifa people in present-day America, and 30% of our population (including many in my family) would absolutely cheer it on. For whatever reason, these films about political repression, torture, and the destruction of the human spirit are much harder for me to take these days than war films or many other kinds of "tough" narratives, and this is one of the more brutal examples I've seen lately. Krystyna Janda goes through every emotion and feeling as Tonia, a young woman arrested and jailed while too drunk to know what's going on, for no reason she can imagine, and subjected to torment for years seemingly just so that she can give names of people she slept with, some of whom may have been counterrevolutionaries. Janda won the Best Actress prize at Cannes in 1990; the film was actually finished 8 years earlier but unreleased for obvious political reasons until 1989. It's a great performance, perhaps over-the-top but perhaps that's the point, and it's hard to find too many faults with the film though I did find it somewhat muddled in the last act - it was never very clear whether the authorities ever even cared whether Tonia was really guilty of anything or not, or whether they cared how anybody was treated, and while perhaps that's a point the film was trying to make, I just didn't get a sense of what particular kind of repression was being enacted. Was this an honest state or merely one that enjoyed hurting people? Maybe it shouldn't matter if that was clear. In any case, while I do think it's a very strong film, I'm not sure in the end if it gets it's message across in the most effective way, and it was very painful, probably too painful for me to ever watch again. It's the kind of thing that makes me feel even more down about where humanity is going, and perhaps I get enough of that already. This has almost 400 votes and is on 5 lists, so I'm not going to agonized over whether it's worth further promoting an agonizing experience that doesn't need to be seen by most who see it, and won't be seen by those who could theoretically learn from it.
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1. Feldobott kö a.k.a. The Upthrown Stone (Sándor Sára, 1969, Hungary) - 5/10
2. Zycie za zycie. Maksymilian Kolbe (Krzysztof Zanussi, 1991, Poland) - 6/10
3. Kazdy den odvahu (Evald Schorm, 1964, Czechia) - 7/10
4. Siekierezada (Witold Leszczynski, 1986, Poland) - 3/10
5. Atlantis (Valentyn Vasyanovych, 2019, Ukraine) - 6.5/10
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Ferg, apologies for not starting into posting my viewings before now. I had been busy with other stuff and then felt unwell for a few days. Anyway, I'm better now. Let me see what I've been watching for this challenge...

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1. Kanonada / Cannonade (1961, Arūnas Žebriūnas, Raimondas Vabalas) - 6.5/10 / Lithuania
2. Žingsniai naktį / Footsteps in the Night (1962, Raimondas Vabalas) - 7/10 / Lithuania
3. Posūkis / Turn (1967, Boris Yermolayev) - 6 or 6.5/10 / Lithuania
4. Surask mane / Find Me (1967, Algirdas Araminas) - 8/10 / Lithuania
5. Varastati Vana Toomas / Stolen Old Thomas (1970, Semyon Školnikov) - 9/10 / Estonia
6. Vālodzīte / Ilga-Ivolga / Swallow (1972 ('74 on IMDb), Jānis Streičs) - 9.5/10 / Latvia
7. Perskeltas dangus / Shattered Skies (1974, Marijonas Giedrys) - 7/10 / Lithuania
8. Minu naine sai vanaemaks / My Wife - Grandmother (1976, Virve Aruoja) - 8/10 / Estonia
9. Atspulgs ūdenī / Reflection in the Water (1977, Andris Rozenbergs) - 6 or 6.5/10 / Latvia

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My country tally:
Lithuania: 5
Estonia: 2
Latvia: 2
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RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote: September 15th, 2021, 1:05 am Ferg, apologies for not starting into posting my viewings before now.
That doesn't bother me at all. Glad you're feeling better :)

I meant to do an update in the OP today, but I got preoccupied with some rare time with my nephews, so it'll have to wait until tomorrow.
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Fergenaprido wrote: September 15th, 2021, 1:10 am
RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote: September 15th, 2021, 1:05 am Ferg, apologies for not starting into posting my viewings before now.
That doesn't bother me at all. Glad you're feeling better :)

I meant to do an update in the OP today, but I got preoccupied with some rare time with my nephews, so it'll have to wait until tomorrow.
Thanks. It was just a bit of food poisoning, but it left me feeling energy-less for a couple of days.

Glad to be in time for the next update, and to hear of your time with family.
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12. A Pál utcai fiúk (1968) aka The Boys of Paul Street - 8/10 - Hungary

13. Magyarok (1978) aka Hungarians - 6/10 - Hungary
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5. Diamonds of the Night (1964) Czechia
Nah.

6. The Teacher (2016) Slovakia
I've read reviews that say this movie is a comment on communism, but I think that's misguided. It's about abuse of power, corruption, and conformity, phenomena that can happen in any political or economic system, which is made clear in the movie's coda. A school is as likely a place as any other. I've seen it myself as a former teacher -- there are some weird power dynamics at play. For a school to function well requires good systems of accountability and good people (and not just the teachers). There are elements of this movie that seem too simplistic -- the resolution, for example -- but it's an intriguing story and well acted.
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blocho wrote: September 15th, 2021, 4:07 am 6. The Teacher (2016) Slovakia
I've read reviews that say this movie is a comment on communism, but I think that's misguided. It's about abuse of power, corruption, and conformity, phenomena that can happen in any political or economic system, which is made clear in the movie's coda. A school is as likely a place as any other. I've seen it myself as a former teacher -- there are some weird power dynamics at play. For a school to function well requires good systems of accountability and good people (and not just the teachers). There are elements of this movie that seem too simplistic -- the resolution, for example -- but it's an intriguing story and well acted.
:cheers: I know that Ferg hasn't updated the OP for this week yet, but I think you are already winning Bonus Challenge 4: "Watch as many films as possible recommended by sol on the thread". Glad you liked this one too.
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Eastern European Promises
1. Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (2020) Poland
2. Jacob, Mimmi, and The Talking Dogs (2019) Latvia
3. I'd Prefer Your Problems Princess (2018) Belarus
4. The Man with the Magic Box (2017) Poland
5. Final Cut: Ladies and Gents (2012) Hungary
6. What a Wonderful World (2014) Moldova
7. Chasing Two Hares (1961) Soviet Ukraine
8. The Flower Shop (2017) Slovakia
9. The Soviet Story (2008) Latvia
10. The Dissidents (2017) Estonia
11. The Road Movie (2016) Belarus REVISION
12. Takový je zivot (1930) Czechia
13. Anarchy Parlor (2015) Lithuania
14. The Gambler (2013) Lithuania
15. The Unsaved (2013) Moldova
16. The Teacher (2016) Slovakia
17. Playground (2016) Poland
18. The Bobot (2018) Ukraine
19. Milada (2017) Czechia
20. Raggie (2020) Estonia
21. Login (2013) Hungary
22. Loop (2016) Hungary
23. Kiler (1997) Poland
24. Curtiz (2018) Hungary
25. Wrony (1994) Poland

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This benefits from two excellent child performances, with Karolina Ostrozna shining as the older girl battling complex emotions as a result of neglect. The film looks great too with lots of seaside locations, moody skies and voyeuristic photography with great angles. The films film feels confused in terms of what it wants to say (does learning that 'being an adult is hard' excuse her mother's neglect?) but it is very captivating to watch her pretend to be an adult.

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Eastern European Promises
1. Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight (2020) Poland
2. Jacob, Mimmi, and The Talking Dogs (2019) Latvia
3. I'd Prefer Your Problems Princess (2018) Belarus
4. The Man with the Magic Box (2017) Poland
5. Final Cut: Ladies and Gents (2012) Hungary
6. What a Wonderful World (2014) Moldova
7. Chasing Two Hares (1961) Soviet Ukraine
8. The Flower Shop (2017) Slovakia
9. The Soviet Story (2008) Latvia
10. The Dissidents (2017) Estonia
11. The Road Movie (2016) Belarus REVISION
12. Takový je zivot (1930) Czechia
13. Anarchy Parlor (2015) Lithuania
14. The Gambler (2013) Lithuania
15. The Unsaved (2013) Moldova
16. The Teacher (2016) Slovakia
17. Playground (2016) Poland
18. The Bobot (2018) Ukraine
19. Milada (2017) Czechia
20. Raggie (2020) Estonia
21. Login (2013) Hungary
22. Loop (2016) Hungary
23. Kiler (1997) Poland
24. Curtiz (2018) Hungary
25. Wrony (1994) Poland
26. Bumpy (1981) Soviet Estonia

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Kidnapped by a witch, two siblings eventually escape and take the witch's neglected, bumpy-headed child with them in this family-oriented flick that focuses on the siblings trying to integrate the kid into 'normal' society with some positive pro-inclusion messages. The best aspect of the film though is the absolutely rad special effects with lots of reversed stop motion animation, jump cuts as characters magically appear and stretched/warped film stock.

Count:
🇵🇱 5 -- 🇭🇺 4 -- 🇪🇪 3 -- 🇱🇻 2 -- 🇧🇾 2 -- 🇱🇹 2 -- 🇲🇩 2 -- 🇸🇰 2 -- 🇺🇦 2 -- 🇨🇿 2
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04. Żywot Mateusza (1967) - Poland
05. Takový je život (1930) - Czech Republic
06. Na Pražském hradě (1931) + Podkova pro štěstí (1946) + O skleničku víc (1953) + Poslední trik pana Schwarcewalldea a pana Edgara (1964) + Rakvičkárna (1966) + Mužné hry (1988) + Konec stalinismu v Čechách (1991) + Mythopolis (2014) - Czech Republic

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01. Marian (1996) - Czech Republic
02. Hyppolit a lakáj (1931) - Hungary
03. Rozmarné léto (1968) - Czech Republic
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33. Slávnost v botanickej záhrade (1969, Slovakia) - 4/10
34. Capricious Summer (1968, Czechia) - 6/10
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1. Feldobott kö a.k.a. The Upthrown Stone (Sándor Sára, 1969, Hungary) - 5/10
2. Zycie za zycie. Maksymilian Kolbe (Krzysztof Zanussi, 1991, Poland) - 6/10
3. Kazdy den odvahu (Evald Schorm, 1964, Czechia) - 7/10
4. Siekierezada (Witold Leszczynski, 1986, Poland) - 3/10
5. Atlantis (Valentyn Vasyanovych, 2019, Ukraine) - 6.5/10
6. Salto (Tadeusz Konwicki, 1965, Poland) - 5/10
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sol wrote: September 15th, 2021, 12:12 pm
blocho wrote: September 15th, 2021, 4:07 am 6. The Teacher (2016) Slovakia
I've read reviews that say this movie is a comment on communism, but I think that's misguided. It's about abuse of power, corruption, and conformity, phenomena that can happen in any political or economic system, which is made clear in the movie's coda. A school is as likely a place as any other. I've seen it myself as a former teacher -- there are some weird power dynamics at play. For a school to function well requires good systems of accountability and good people (and not just the teachers). There are elements of this movie that seem too simplistic -- the resolution, for example -- but it's an intriguing story and well acted.
:cheers: I know that Ferg hasn't updated the OP for this week yet, but I think you are already winning Bonus Challenge 4: "Watch as many films as possible recommended by sol on the thread". Glad you liked this one too.
I can't help it. You keep recommending good ones.

One of the things I really liked about this movie is that it felt kind of like a thriller even though most of the narrative is just a series of conversations.
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14. Hanussen (1998) - 7/10 - Hungary

15. Musíme si pomáhat (2000) aka Divided We Fall - 8/10 - Czechia
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35. A Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955, Czechia) - 5/10
36. Adelheid (1970, Czechia) - 7/10
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24. Pokolenie (A Generation, 1955, Wajda, Poland) 7/10
25. Apa (Father, 1966, Szabó, Hungary) 6,5/10
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01. Sanatorium pod klepsydra (The Hourglass Sanatorium, 1973, Has, Poland) 6/10
02. Panna a netvor (Beauty and the Beast, 1978, Herz, Czechoslovakia) 6,5/10
03. Kdo chce zabít Jessii? (Who Wants to Kill Jessie?, 1966, Vorlícek, Czechoslovakia) 4,5/10
04. Zert (The Joke, 1969, Jires, Czechoslovakia) 7,5/10
05. Családi tüzfészek (Family Nest, 1977, Tarr, Hungary) 6,5/10
06. Szabadgyalog (The Outsider, 1981, Tarr, Hungary) 6,5/10
07. Muzi bez krídel (Men Without Wings, 1946, Cáp, Czechoslovakia) 5/10
08. Panelkapcsolat (The Prefab People, 1982, Tarr, Hungary) 7/10
09. Démanty noci (Diamonds of the Night, 1964, Němec, Czechoslovakia) 6,5/10
10. Öszi almanach (Almanac of Fall, 1984, Tarr, Hungary) 6,5/10
11. Mlyn i krzyz (The Mill and the Cross, 2011, Majewski, Poland) 7/10
12. Sátántangó (1994, Tarr, Hungary) 8/10
13. A londoni férfi (The Man from London, 2007, Tarr, Hungary) 6,5/10
14. Intimní osvetlení (Intimate Lighting, 1965, Passer, Czechoslovakia) 6,5/10
15. Ziemia obiecana (The Promised Land, 1975, Wajda, Poland, #Yiddish) 7,5/10
16. Nova Lituania (2019, Kaupinis, Lithuania) 6,5/10
17. O necem jiném (Something Different, 1963, Chytilová, Czechoslovakia) 7/10
18. Szürkület (Twilight, 1990, Fehér, Hungary) 7/10
19. Petla (The Noose, 1958, Has, Poland) 7,5/10
20. Údolí vcel (Valley of the Bees, 1968, Vlácil, Czechoslovakia) 8/10
21. Na srebrnym globie (On the Silver Globe, 1988, Zulawski, Poland) 4,5/10
22. Erotikon (Seduction, 1929, Machatý, Czechoslovakia) 5,5/10
23. Holubice (The White Dove, 1960, Vlácil, Czechoslovakia) 7/10
24. Pokolenie (A Generation, 1955, Wajda, Poland) 7/10
25. Apa (Father, 1966, Szabó, Hungary) 6,5/10
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