Platige Image: Unappreciated Animation

Platige Image is an award-winning post-production studio founded in Warsaw, Poland in 1998. Specialising predominately in commercial production, they focus on creating advanced animation and quality special effects for films.

One of their more notable works includes Andrzej Wajda’s Oscar-nominated film Katyn, for which they did the special effects. Telling the story of the 1940 Katyn massacre, in which Polish citizens and prisoner of war officer’s were ordered by Soviet authorities to be mass executed, Platige were responsible for retouching over 160 scenes, which entailed around fifteen minutes of film footage.

Recently, the studio has done a considerable amount of editing on the films of Lars von Trier. At the beginning of 2009, they began working on over eighty takes for von Trier’s Antichrist. This project, led by Jakub Knapik, proved to be a great challenge, as they were working directly with von Trier who was incredibly meticulous about each individual detail of production. Often unhappy with the way the team had edited a scene, it became a long and laborious process, but one whose success is clearly evident in the film’s captivating images. Not only this, but the effects they were working on were far removed from the explosions and very in-your-face style predominant in Hollywood, instead focusing on an unusual blend of subtlety and horror. The influence their work had on the final version of Antichrist is considerable.

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Taken from SubtitledOnline, published online Wed Dec 7th 2011.

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Bab’Aziz Review

3/5

The opening film of the sixth Africa In Motion Film Festival in Edinburgh, Bab’Aziz is a powerful fable that explores the mystical dimensions of Sufism. It serves as the final part of Khemir’s ‘Desert Trilogy’, which also comprises Les Baliseurs du Désert (Wanderers Of The Desert, 1984) and Le Collier Perdu de la Colombe (The Dove’s Lost Necklace, 1991).

Khemir often cites A Thousand And One Nights as a major influence in his work and no more is this apparent than in Bab’Aziz. The film features an overarching narrative which follows a blind dervish (Parviz Shahinkhou) and his young granddaughter, Ishtar (Maryam Hamid), as they venture across the desert in search of a great Sufi reunion which hasn’t taken place for thirty years.

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Taken from Subtitled Online, published Tue Nov 22nd 2011.

Ninja Girl (Kunoichi) Review

2/5

Seiji Chiba is a well-known name within the world of budget action flicks. Focusing predominately on martial arts, he combines impressive choreography with farfetched plots, often adding elements of comedy for good measure. Following the success of his last film Alien Vs. Ninja, a science-fiction comedy that entertained due to its relatively ridiculous premise, it is a shame that his latest effort doesn’t manage to hit the mark.

It is easy to dismiss low-budget b-list films as a result of poor cameras and often uninspiring sets, yet this doesn’t do justice to what can often be highly enjoyable pieces of cinema. However, in the case of Ninja Girl, there are a number of deviations which the director has taken from his standard style that has resulted in the film losing elements of its integrity.

Centred around a feud between two warring clans, Iga and Kouga, the period piece is set up when a number of girls are revealed to have been kidnapped by two lower class ninjas. It is slowly unravelled that the two men are merely doing the dirty work for their superiors. Coming from a village with virtually no women, they have been forced to steal members of the opposite sex from neighbouring towns to allow for the continuation of their own people. Whilst the heads of the village are the only ones who get to enjoy the fruits of these crimes, the lower men are castrated at birth to prevent any sexual urges.

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Taken from Subtitled Online, published Fri Oct 7th 2011.

Matching Jack Review

2/5

The reality of cancer is a tender topic, especially when it concerns children. Nadia Tass’ latest film, Matching Jack, attempts to create a poignant drama that uses elements of comedy as light relief to what is otherwise a very depressing tale. Partly inspired by the true life experiences of co-writer Lynne Renew, whose own son suffered from leukaemia, it is an often bleak look at a tabooed subject we all too frequently refuse to think about.

Her first film since Amy, which was released in 2008, Tass has spent recent years working in American television and so thrusting herself back into the heart of drama, her latest project illustrates a bold move to re-establish herself on the Australian film circuit.

Focusing on young Jack (Tom Russell) who goes for a check up after getting frequent bouts of faintness, his parents learn that the problem lies in his having leukaemia. Transferred to a children’s ward, his mother and seemingly overly hard working father are naturally distraught as Jack remains oblivious to his illness. Once there, he meets a fellow sufferer Finn, (brilliantly played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, who recently starred in the remake of Swedish romantic horror film Let The Right One In), who reveals the truth of his condition and thus creates a devastating realisation for the young boy…

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Taken from Subtitled Online, published Tue Oct 4th 2011.

EIFF 2011 – By Day and By Night (De Día y de Noche) Review

3/5

This film was screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June 2011.

Alejandro Molina’s first feature film has received mixed reviews since it premièred at the Morelia Film Festival last year. A bleak tale filmed in subdued hues of grey and blue, it presents its own interpretation of a dystopian future; an idea which seems to have become something of a sub-genre within science fiction.

Set in the future, where overpopulation has placed a serious strain on planet Earth, the increase in the number of people has made it almost impossible for humans to be able to work and live comfortably within the limited space. Kept in the confines of an enclosed metropolis, people are warned of the dangers that lurk outside the city’s walls, their escape being an infeasible option.

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Taken from Subtitled Online, published online Mon Aug 8th 2011.