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Era of dance: discover how techno hit Riga in 1986

22 February 2017 · Riga · Latvia
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  • (Westbam – scene from documentary “Era of Dance” (2017) / Era of Dance the Movie / YouTube)

Get a sneak peak of Era of Dance, a new documentary on Riga's rave scene.

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Calvert 22 hosts Russian experimental film pop-up

22 February 2017 · Russia
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Still from Formal Portrait, 2014, dir. Polina Kanis

From tomorrow Calvert 22 will play host to an exciting programme of radical new Russian cinema in partnership with the Moscow International Experimental Film Festival.

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Croatian filmmakers launch campaign to free industry of government interference

21 February 2017 · Croatia
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Scene from Croatia’s entry for the 2017 Academy Awards On the Other Side, 2016, dir.  Zrinko Ogresta

An initiative by members of the Croatian Film Directors' Guild, the “Puk'o nam je film” (slang for “We've Had Enough”) campaign has seen over 100 Croatian actors, directors and others working in film come together to protest what they see as political interference in the Croatian film industry.

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German postwar movie icon exposed as Soviet spy?

21 February 2017 · Hungary · Russia
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  • Marika Rokk in Hab mich lieb (Love me), 1942, dir. Harald Braun (Marika Rökk - Hab Mich Lieb! - 8 / marikarokk / YouTube)

After the declassification of top secret intelligence documents, it has been revealed that one of Germany's most popular film stars of the Nazi and postwar eras may have been a Soviet spy. Marika Rökk (d. 2004) starred in close to 40 films during her lifetime, but was reportedly passing secrets to Moscow from the 1940s.

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Preview: documentary film Eight explores relationships in modern Russia

20 February 2017 · St Petersburg · Russia
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  • (Eight (Vosem) – Movie clip / Marko Vuorinen / Vimeo)

The Calvert Journal is delighted to present an exclusive preview of Eight, a documentary film centring on the specificities of dating and relationships in St Petersburg.

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Master and Margarita to get Hollywood treatment

20 February 2017 · Russia
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Sketch based on Bulgakov’s novel by Sergei Alimov

Hollywood has its eyes on Mikhail Bulgakov's classic Soviet-era novel The Master and Margarita, with an American take on the enigmatic tale in the pipeline.

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BBC documentary explores Russia’s football fan culture

16 February 2017 · Russia
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Scene from Russia’s Hooligan Army, BBC

Tonight the BBC will air Russia's Hooligan Army, a documentary offering a glimpse into Russian football fan culture ahead of millions of international fans travelling to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.

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Drama shot in Kosovo takes home BAFTA

14 February 2017 · Kosovo
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  • (Home (2016 Arpa IFF Official Selection, Best Short Film Nominee) / Arpa International Film Festival / YouTube)

Filmmaker Daniel Mulloy's Home (2016), shot mostly in Kosovo, won the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award for Best British Short Film on Sunday.

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Kino Klassika Revolution 2017 film season opens this week in London

13 February 2017 · Russia
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Scene from Battleship Potemkin, 1925, dir. Sergei Eisenstein

Kino Klassika Foundation's A World to Win: A Century of Revolution on Screen season opens on Friday in London with Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 classic Battleship Potemkin.

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Uzbek film blocked over absence of Morgan Freeman

10 February 2017 · Uzbekistan
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Uzbek action film Rogue (Daydi) will not be opening this week as planned, all because of the conspicuous absence of Morgan Freeman.

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