NOT A CAR­WASH

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(Gen­tian Koçi, Al­ba­nia). 49 min­utes. Subti­tled. Rat­ing: Pas­sions and ten­sions are run­ning high at Al­ba­nia’s Marubi Film Academy in this pow­er­ful vérité look at the re­la­tion­ship be­tween gov­ern­ing bod­ies, cor­po­rate in­ter­ests and cul­tural his­tory.

After the gov­ern­ment sells the school’s pri­vately owned gar­den/ out­door cin­ema to the big­gest me­dia con­glom­er­ate in the coun­try with­out per­mis­sion or con­sul­ta­tion, pro­fes­sors, stu­dents and artists stage a sit-in. A me­dia frenzy and oc­ca­sional vi­o­lent clashes with po­lice re­sult.

At 49 min­utes, the film could be a bit longer and delve more deeply into the coun­try’s rich film pro­duc­tion his­tory, but di­rec­tor Gen­tian Koçi has put to­gether a stom­ach- churn­ing look at po­lit­i­cal malfea­sance that arts and cul­ture buffs will im­me­di­ately sym­pa­thize with. May 1, 6: 30 pm, ROM The­atre; May 3, 1: 30 pm, TIFF Bell Light­box 3.

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