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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.

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

7.9/10
Director: Cristian Mungiu
Starring: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Set in 1980s Bucharest during Ceaucescu's brutal reign, this intense drama centres on two young women, one of whom finds herself pregnant. Her best fr... Read more

71 Fragments of a Chronology of Chance (1994)

7.3/10
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Udo Samel, Anne Bennent, Branko Samarovski, Otto Grunmandl, Gabriel Cosmin Urdes

Inspired by a shocking true life shooting spree in Vienna in 1993, Michael Haneke's challenging film weaves together fragments of the story in an atte... Read more

A Short Film About Killing (1988)

8.1/10
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Starring: Miroslaw Baka, Krzysztof Globisz, Jan Tesarz

Kieslowski's title is accurate: a hideous murder is followed by a hideous execution. Expanded to feature-length by Kieslowski from his hour long "Deka... Read more

A Short Film About Love (1988)

8.3/10
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
Starring: Grazyna Szapolowska, Olaf Lubaszenko

A young man falls in love with an older woman who lives in the flats across the courtyard. He watches her and her succession of lovers until she becom... Read more

An Unforgettable Summer (1994)

7.5/10
Director: Lucian Pintilie
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Claudiu Bleont

In 1925 Romania, young Marie-Therese Von Debretsy (Kristin Scott Thomas) refuses the flirtatious advances of her husband's commanding officer. As a re... Read more

Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

7.9/10
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Starring: Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzanowska

This brilliant statement illustrates the conflict of idealism and instinct in the story of a young resistance fighter who assassinates the wrong man a... Read more

Autumn Spring (2002)

7.6/10
Director: Vladimir Michalek
Starring: Vlastimil Brodsky, Stella Zazvorkova, Stanislav Zindulka, Ondrej Vetchy, Zita Ka...

Fanda (Vlastimil Brodsky) is an incurable prankster, even when faced with his own imminent death and a bemused and ungrateful family, Fanda wants to c... Read more

Avalon (2001)

6.5/10
Director: Mamoru Oshii
Starring: Malgorzata Foremniak, Wladyslaw Kowalski

Anime master Mamoru Oshii's ("Ghost in the Shell") live-action feature directorial debut is a mesmerizing sci-fi tale set in a future world where peop... Read more

Beauty in Trouble (2006)

6.9/10
Director: Jan Hrebejk
Starring: Ana Geislerova, Roman Luknar, Emilia Vasaryova, Jana Brejchova, Jiri Schmitzer,...

Using recent events in Prague to drive his narrative, Czech director Jan Hrebejk ('Divided We Fall') sets his engrossing romantic dramedy in the wake... Read more

Benny's Video (1992)

7.2/10
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Angela Winkler, Ulrich Muhe, Arno Frisch, Ingrid Stassner

Benny is a disaffected teen whose life has begun to revolve around the violent films he watches, but his obsession soon crosses the line between voyeu... Read more