Mateusz is a ilm critic and visual culture researcher based in Warsaw. He graduated with a specialization in "visual culture" at the Institute of Polish Culture of the University of Warsaw. His work has been published, on the Notes na 6 Tygodni (Notebook for 6 Weeks), in the scientific magazine View. Theories and Practices of Visual Culture and the portal ZCyklu.pl, among others.
Since March 2018, he has also been running bilingual dedicated cinema website zawieszony - which publishes reviews in Polish and English.
Mateusz loves slow cinema and the feeling of being hypnotised by the movies – so he mainly deals with artistic and festival cinema. His fields of research are works created by women and socially involved cinema. He tries to remember that in the experience of cinema reception he is above all a viewer, equal to every other recipient. For him, the personal value of cinema experience is the basis for sharing knowledge and feelings.
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Latest Film Reviews
The singer of a banned punk band is taken to a psychiatric hospital in an attempt to silence him.
Johannes, a man with the heart of a child, lives secluded in an Alpine hut with his mother. Daily life is governed by prayer and rituals but a tourist development threatens to poison their paradise.
A woman who is travelling to see a shaman to seek help for her ailing husband endures strange encounters and unearthly experiences.
Documentary follows a former child soldier who now helps families regain their stolen children in the economically deprived townships in South Africa.
Nelie escapes a miserable existence by becoming a frontline nurse in 1914 and goes on to discover emancipation can come with a price.
Danusia and her daughter Basia live far away from the modern world, in tune with the rhythm of nature, among animals and the spirits of the dead. Their enclave brings peace and a sense of security, but they feel a growing longing for contact with other people.
Documentary composed from the conversations that the director holds with people passing by in the street under his Warsaw apartment.
An epic journey through all the layers of hell.
A poetic record of the experience of being a young Indian in a land of violence.
A woman who is part of a gang who hunt those who transgress their religious ideals, finds her values changing dramatically after she is injured.