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Operation Hyacinth : a Polish queer thriller with a real kick

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  It seems like so many countries have undergone a dark period in their history when they undertook merciless witch-hunts against the LGBTQ population.  In the US it started in 1953 under Eisenhower,  and what became known as The Lavendar Scare lasted some four decades.  In that period thousands of people lost their livelihoods and … Continue reading





IDA

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It’s hard to decide exactly what period this new cinematic masterpiece from Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski is set in with its austere dramatic settings that look like they have remained unchanged for centuries. This unforgiving bleak countryside that seems to have escaped any attempt at modernisation is in fact 1962 but you have this sinking feeling that … Continue reading



In The Name Of

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Father Adam is the pastor of a minute parish in the hinterlands of Poland where he has opened a center for ‘difficult’ teenage ex reformatory boys. In this bleak countryside he, and his lay helper Michel, have fashioned their small group of unruly charges into almost responsible young men. They play football, go swimming and … Continue reading



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