Vadik Chernyshov is an impoverished dreamer who spends his life drifting though Moscow with a video camera, hoping to shoot footage that will interest Western press agencies. He falls in love with the beautiful Helen, an English media executive, and subsequently they must contend with the barriers that their different backgrounds present.Read More »
1991-2000ActionDramaPawel PawlikowskiUnited Kingdom
1991-2000DocumentaryPawel PawlikowskiPoliticsUnited Kingdom
A film made about the Serbs as they fought in Yugoslavia in the early 90s to regain the land and the glory of their medieval empire.
In this documentary, set in Bosnia during the war, Pawlikowski steers clear of the usual cliches of war reporting. He takes on a more anthropological perspective relying not on commentary but on the power of images: a mass baptism before the final battle, the bizarre antics of the remaining members of the Karadjordje dynasty and the tribal chants of Serbian peasant/soldiers at the front line. The result is more universal enquiry into the nature of the nation state and the ethnocentric view of the world.Read More »
2001-2010DramaPawel PawlikowskiQueer Cinema(s)RomanceUnited Kingdom
In the Yorkshire countryside, working-class tomboy Mona (Press) meets the exotic, pampered Tasmin (Blunt). Over the summer season, the two young women discover they have much to teach one another, and much to explore together.Read More »
1991-2000DramaPawel PawlikowskiUnited Kingdom
synopsis – AMG:
Last Resort opens as Tanya (Dina Korzun), a young Russian traveling to England with her son Artiom (Artiom Strelnikov), is questioned at a British airport’s passport control. Tanya tells the official she is visiting England on a vacation, but then switches her story and says that her English fiancי is meeting her, and finally, out of desperation, asks for political asylum. She and Artiom are duly packed off to an immigrants’ center in a grim coastal town, where they are given a small apartment and informed that their application for asylum will take over a year to process. After Tanya’s fiancי dumps her over the phone, she gradually befriends Alfie (Paddy Considine), who runs an arcade. Alfie wins the trust of Tanya and her street-smart son, and soon Tanya must decide how far she wants to carry her relationship with this new friend. Last Resort was screened at the 2000 Edinburgh International Film Festival. — Rebecca Flint MarxRead More »
Ida is a 2013 Polish drama film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI Special Presentations award. The film has been selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards. It is also nominated for People’s Choice Award for Best European Film at 27th European Film Awards.
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Tom Ricks, an American novelist in his forties, moves to Paris in the hope of patching things up with his estranged daughter. But nothing goes quite as planned. His resources depleted, he must stay at a shabby hotel and work as a night watchman. Just when he thinks he has touched rock bottom, a mysterious and sensual woman named Margit suddenly enters his life. Together they embark on a passionate love affair which gives rise to a series of inexplicable events. It is as if a strange force has taken control of Tom’s life…Read More »