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Eastern European Cinema

Again this category lumps a lot of countries together where the Alice collection is not large enough to warrant separate shelf-space for each country represented. Eastern European films are often categorised by a healthy black humour, an ability to look hardship in the eye and laugh - if somewhat bitterly at times. Included here are films from Poland, Austria, Yugoslavia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. To look for films from a specific country refer to the 'By Country' link on the left.

Ulysses' Gaze (1995)

7.6/10
Director: Theo Angelopoulos
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Erland Josephson, Maia Morgenstern

Recounts the odyssey of an American filmmaker (Harvey Keitel) who returns to his Greek hometown after 35 years to pursue a dream of finding three reel... Read more

Underground (1995)

8.1/10
Director: Emir Kusturica
Starring: Miki Manojlovic, Lazar Ristovski, Mirjana Jokovic

This Palme d'Or winner at the Cannes Film Festival centres on Marko (Miki Manojlovic) and Blacky's (Lazar Ristovski) exploits through the war years to... Read more

Vodka Lemon (2003)

6.8/10
Director: Hiner Saleem
Starring: Romen Avinian, Lala Sarkissian

Kurdish filmmaker Hiner Saleem earned critical comparisons to Fellini, Kusturica, Iosseliani, and Kaurismaki with this breakout comedy. A whimsical, f... Read more

Werckmeister Harmonies (2000)

8.3/10
Director: Bela Tarr
Starring: Hanna Schygulla, Lars Rudolph

Bela Tarr's gravely haunting, challenging existential meditation is set in a bleak and wintry Hungarian village which is visited by a distinctly odd t... Read more

When Father Was Away on Business (1985)

7.9/10
Director: Emir Kusturica
Starring: Moreno D'e Bartolli, Miki Manojlovic

Celebrated Balkan filmmaker Emir Kusturica won his first Palme d'Or, the Cannes Film Festival's highest honour, for this exuberant portrait of 1950s Y... Read more

WR - Mysteries Of The Organism (1971)

6.9/10
Director: Dusan Makavejev
Starring: Milena Dravic, Jagoda Kaloper, Tuli Kupferberg

WR is Dr Wilhelm Reich, eulogized here in the documentary section as one who advocated orgasm as a means of releasing inhibition, includes such bizarr... Read more

Zelary (2003)

7.7/10
Director: Ondrej Trojan
Starring: Ana Geislerova, Gyorgy Cserhalmi, Ivan Trojan, Miroslav Donutil

Based on Kveta Legatova's novella about Eliska (Ana Geislerova) a nurse involved in the Czech resistance movement in Prague. When forced to flee into... Read more