Magazine article Screen International

Towards the East

Magazine article Screen International

Towards the East

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Dirs: Tomasz Budzynski, Lukasz Jankowski. Poland. 2010. 103mins

If Samuel Beckett ever decided to make a musical, the result would be this extremely strange Polish movie Towards The East (Podró? na Wschód) in which any considerations of form are ignored for a decidedly weird journey on the railways of Poland.

The vigour of Towards The East is certainly admirable.

Co-director Budzy?ski is a member of legendary Polish punk rockers Armia and the film is clearly aimed at their fans. International audiences will be rather non-plussed by proceedings and the film will most likely not travel far apart from the occasional festival screening after receiving its world premiere at the 11th New Horizons Film Festival.

Based on the short story Maszynista Grot by Stefan Grabi?ski (also known as the 'Polish Poe') the film is the bizarre tale of a railwayman, his peculiar colleagues and some extraordinary passengers. Musings on the nature of life and surreal little episodes are interspersed with music performances in a film that has plenty of energy even if narrative coherence is somewhere approaching nil. …

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