Dark Season: Part 2


We are back with a brand new programme

and just as the nights are getting longer

our theme is also the darkest of the year.

Same as last year following the science fiction theme is the horror theme or as we call it the Dark theme just because some titles stretching the word horror a bit. We found it very hard to decide on each film as we had so many candidates and was only 100% set on one title. But we think we managed to put together a great selection of well known classics and more obscure titles; some older, some very recent titles and exploring several subgenres of horror at the same time. Some weeks we even doubled up the selection but still the rejects could make a full dark season equally great as this one. And luckily we forgot few titles while making the programme all which would make the selection even harder. We will include some of them at the end of our post. But let us see which ones made the cut.

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28.10. Zombie Flesh Eaters by Lucio Fulci (1979)

Strangers looking for a woman’s father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead. (imdb)

Released in Italy as Zombi 2, people searching to this day for part 1. The reality is that Romero’s ‘Dawn of the Dead’ was released in Italy as Zombi and the producers wanted to cash on that. Even though some argue it is superior to Romero’s classic. Watch out for the shark against zombie scene.

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30.10. special screening: Socialist Zombie Massacre (Socialisticky Zombi Mord) (2014)

Failed Russian experiment gone horribly wrong is brought to Czechoslovakia during the 1968 invasion and forgotten about. Some 15-20 years later the gas is accidently released in a Slovak school turning the students into bloodthirsty zombies. Only the janitor, former Russian special forces, knows what is going on. And he intends to keep it that way.

Film was made by students in Slovakia with a budget of 19,152 Euro and 49cents. For a genre done to bits there are many original moments in the film and some cheesy dialogues somehow fit into the whole thing perfectly as well. Sexy female students shooting machines guns and wielding hammers and sometimes their shirts are getting ripped off…it is a amateur film done right.    


04.11. Vampire double bill:

What we do in the Shadows by Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi (2014)

Viago, Deacon, and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane – like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs, and overcoming flatmate conflicts.(imdb)

Mockumentary from New Zealand made by Taika Waititi (director of ‘Boy’ one of our first screenings) and Jemaine Clement (known for Flight of the Conchords) If you know and like the humour of either of these guys you are in for a treat. Otherwise I guess you have to like this style of intelligently done silly humour to appreciate the comedy genius that is ‘What We do in the Shadows’

Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch (2014)

A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance – which has already endured several centuries – is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister.

Jim Jarmusch is the king of independent cinema and our love for his movies was talked about before several times. Maybe except ‘Limits of Control’. Therefore we will just say another masterpiece by the master.

After our first week dedicated to zombies this week is all about vampires. And since the ‘Twilight’ movies gave the subgenre a very bad name we wanted to show how to do it right. Another suggestion would be “A girl walks home alone at night’ (2014) an Iranian spaghetti western vampire romance.


11.11. Deep Red (Profondo Rosso) by Dario Argento (1975)

A musician witnesses the murder of a famous psychic, and then teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen killer bent on keeping a dark secret buried.(imdb)

‘Giallo’ means yellow in Italian but it is mostly red that used in the films in the genre referred to by this term. Giallo films are generally characterized as gruesome murder-mystery thrillers, that combine the suspense of detective movies with scenes of shocking horror, featuring lots of gore, stylish camera work and often beautiful  musical arrangements. They are considered as the inspiration for the American slasher films of the 80’s. The most famous directors include Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava, Sergio Martino and of course Dario Argento. Dario Argento better known for ‘Suspiria’ is also the director of our giallo film of choice and his masterpiece ‘Deep Red’


18.11. Plan 9 from Outer Space by Edward D. Wood Jr. (1959)

Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb).(imdb)

Labelled as the worst movie of all time made by the worst director of all time Ed Wood. But they are also those who consider him a genius and this film a masterpiece so come and judge for yourself. The making of this movie was depicted in the Tim Burton movie ‘Ed Wood’ starring Johnny Depp, which we recommend to watch if you need some background for this film. It was the last film appearance of the brilliant Bela Lugosi.


25.11. The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock (1963)

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.

We just realized we never had a Hitchcock movie in our programme so far and therefore shame on us.


02.12. Taxidermia by György Pálfi (2006)

Three generations of men, including a pervert that constantly seeks for new kinds of satisfaction, an obese speed eater and a passionate embalmer.(imdb)

It is very hard to describe this film in few sentences, so we just going to say to trust us on this and if you should choose one film one of the programme make it this one. It is crazy, violent, shocking, deep, symbolic…a must watch. Some symbols will be lost on those not familiar with the culture but it is still powerful viewing for everyone.

Part of the ongoing Visegrad Film Festival project.


09.12. Alien & Aliens screening as one movie

We already received some confused questions about our last entry in the programme. So let us explain. The plan is to show Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’ (1979) and go straight into James Camerons ‘Aliens’ (1986) as if it were one movie. This will require of you two things. 1.To be a fan of the franchise 2.Lots of coffee.


Every film will be supported by the scariest and coolest horror short films we could get our hands on. Screw Christmas it will be Halloween until we say its over. Bwuahahaha….

some of the other movies considered: Jacobs Ladder, Eraserhead, Dead Man’s Shoes, Shining, The Exorcist, Repulsion, Audition, Evil Dead, Santa Sangre…

Science Fiction Programme (2nd edition)


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Greetings from The Deja View at Camden Palace Hotel.

After a year we are back with a second edition of a science fiction programme, maybe starting a tradition where September will be a science fiction month in Cork. One can only hope.

This year we decided to have a sub-theme as well to make it a bit easier for us to choose from the vast amount of good sci-fi movies out there. The theme is post-apocalyptic & dystopian. It was not easier.

These two genres are often hard to distinguish from each other, leading to nit-picky word wars on the interweb by sad people and to avoid their wrath we combined them in to one. Devious…we know.

Last year we have started our science fiction theme with 2001: A Space Odyssey so we wanted to start again with equally culty classic and here the choice isn’t that big anymore. But luckily we thought ahead, a very surprising act here at The Deja View and we have already chosen the film last year. Blade Runner (Wed 2.9.2015) was a strong candidate in our 2014 sci-fi programme but was kept back until now.

Even our second film A Boy and his Dog (Wed 9.9.2015)was a clear choice. This film was part of our film marathon at our opening night but since he was scheduled as the last film and due to major delays of all the previous ones it never made it to the screen. Since then it was trying to find its spot but had to wait  almost two years for it.

For the rest we tried to find a healthy mix of cult classic and independent films but still ended up with more of the former. So now without further ado our science fiction programme:

2.9. Blade Runner by Ridley Scott (1982)

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.(imdb)


9.9. A Boy and his dog by L.Q.Jones(1975)

A post-apocalyptic tale based on a novella by Harlan Ellison. A boy communicates telepathically with his dog as they scavenge for food and sex, and they stumble into an underground society … (imdb)


16.9. Akira by Katsuhiro Ôtomo (1988)

A secret military project endangers Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath that only two kids and a group of psionics can stop.(imdb)


Post-apocalyptic or dystopian future is a very common theme in Japanese animation and we knew we just have to include at least one into our programme. The obvious choice was of course the cult classic ‘Akira’ but we thought maybe we should go for something less known and there were some great candidates but how can you not show Akira on a big screen. Tell us…how?!?

23.9. Sexmission (Seksmisja) by Juliusz Machulski (1984)

Two scientists are chosen as guinea pigs for a time experiment: they are placed in hibernation and should be brought back to life after three years. In the meantime, however, the World War III breaks out and life have been wiped out of the surface of the Earth.

seksmisja-1984As promised before at least one entry in each theme will be a Visegrad film. The first Visegrad Film Festival took place in June 2015 showcasing films from the Visegrad region (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland). But it is an ongoing project and we will have several screenings throughout the year until the next edition in 2016. The choice here was easy, the cult classic sci-fi comedy from Poland is a must watch.

30.9. Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick (1971)

In future Britain, charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge is jailed and volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society’s crime problem – but not all goes according to plan.(imdb)


Welly, welly, welly, welly, well…Join us for little bit of the good ol’ ultra violence and Moloko Plus. Alex and his droogs will take you bezoomny journey so put the date in your gulliver and we will see you there on Wednesday at 8PM. Stanley Kubrick opened our last years theme so we thought we have to invite him again.


Delicatessen by Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet (1991)

Post-apocalyptic surrealist black comedy about the landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.(imdb)


This was one of the first movies I watched when I started to visit art house cinemas at the age of 14. And it was here where I realized that a good movie do not have to come from Hollywood, quite the opposite. So without this film (and few others) there probably wouldn’t be any Deja View and therefore this film would not be shown right now. Life is funny sometimes.

Le Dernier Combat by Luc Besson (1982)

In the post-apocalyptic future, only a few humans are left. No one is able to speak; the film contains no dialogue, and characters communicate non-verbally.

lederniercombat01On this night we will try a little experiment. See how you feel about a double bill screening and from there we can maybe move towards a marathon. Like “Alien” for example. But for now we shall screen two great post-apocalyptic tales from France. Chance to see a very young Jean Reno as well.

14.10. 12 monkeys by Terry Gilliam (1995)

Follows the journey of a time traveller from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will nearly destroy the human race.


Terry Gilliam was also part of the science fiction programme last year with his probably most famous film ‘Brazil’. ‘Twelve Monkeys’ is his most mainstream endeavour but it is also one of the few time travelling movies that is not caught up by its own logic or the lack of for that matter. Instead of the usual short films this evening we will show ‘La Jetee’ at 7.30PM, the short film that inspired ‘Twelve Monkeys’.  

(*we know the picture is from the miniseries and not from the movie but its pretty so shut up)

21.10. Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru) by Kinji Fukasaku (2000)

In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary “Battle Royale” act.


This film is a great transition to our horror programme that will follow next but it is also a great example of a dystopian film. It is the Hunger Games for adults.

Movies and photography


We did not update our website for a while (shame on us) but we keep on showing movies every Wednesday at 8PM and the month of July is all about photography. The Visegrad Film Festival we have organised finished on 28th of June (more about that in other post) and we jumped straight into a next one. Cork Photo *15 is the second annual photo exhibition with venues all around Cork for the whole month of July.


The Deja View is not organizing this one though but our good friend Naomi from The Darkroom in Camden Palace. This year 84 artists are exhibiting in 28 venues and our part in this is our program for July. Each film in July is related to photography in some way and the listing you can find in the very cool map with all the venues.

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These are our choices:

1.7. Oliver Stone – Salvador (1986) 122min, USA


An American photojournalist gets caught in a political struggle at El Salvador in 1980.

Almost every country(maybe except Costa Rica) in South and Central America has its own sad story of civil war, suffering and deaths of innocent all paid for and initiated by the US government. And this is not some conspiracy theory, this is a well known well documented fact. Some large US company owns most of the country’s land, legally elected leader tries to make some reforms to return at least some of it to the people, US government protecting the profit (and not caring about anything else) gives funding and weapons to the most crazy militant troups, manipulates some blood thirsty general into power (as long its not communists, even that I think would not matter if the profit was safe) who they can’t control themselves. Same thing happens in El Salvador and Oliver Stone is not afraid to put the blame where it belongs. The rant’s over. But that just the background, the story is centered around the gonzo journalist Richard Boyle(James Woods), and the events depicted are based on the book written by the real life Boyle. 

8.7. Travis Klose – Arakimentari (2004) 85min, USA, Japan


A look at the life and work of Japanese photographer Nobuyoshi Araki and his impact on Japanese culture.

The photographer Araki is mostly known for his erotic photography (bordering on pornography) but there is much more to this artist. He produced about 350 books making him one of the most active artist in Japan. He is adored by many famous artists such as Takeshi Kitano or Bjork among others who also feature in the documentary.

15.7. Zana Briski, Ross Kauffman – Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids (2004), 85min


Two documentary filmmakers chronicle their time in Sonagchi, Calcutta and the relationships they developed with children of prostitutes who work the city’s notorious red light district.

This documentary shows how art (in this case photography) can change people’s lives, can give voice to the voiceless, can give hope in a apparent hopeless situation or can find a talent in any place which in turn can enrich all our lives. But it is also a proof what difference one person can make. It is sad and uplifting at the same time, shows us very intimately that not all kids are as fortunate as others, that is not easy to escape your life but gives us new faith in humanity. Even despite its flaws it is a must watch.

this movie is preceeded by the short film La Jetee (1962)

22.7. Stefan Uher – Sun in Net (Slnko v Sieti) (1962), 90min., Slovakia


Visegrad Film Festival presents

Oldrich “Fajolo” Fajták (Marián Bielik), a student who directs quasi-existentialist verbal abuse at his girlfriend Bela Blazejová (Jana Beláková), takes off to a formally volunteer summer work camp at a farm where he meets her grandfather.

Even though it is still a photography related movie it is also part of our Visegrad project. Just as we promised the Visegrad Film Festival will continue throughout the year with occasional screenings from the Visegrad region during our regular The Deja View nights. And the first is a real gem indeed. This movie is considered the first movie of the Czechoslovakian New Wave, the one that inspired it all. 

29.7. Stanley Kubrick – Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), 95min, USA


An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop.

The last entry in our photography film is Stanley Kubrick’s anti-war war comedy. This one is related to photography in a different way. Stanley Kubrick before he became a filmmaker was a professional photographer and we want to explore how this translated into his movies visuals. And I chose this film for two reasons, one is that it is one my favorite comedies and the other is the 70th anniversary of the Hirosima and Nagasaki bombing. Thankfully USA is the only country stupid enough to use the atomic bomb against an enemy. 

This concludes our July program so we hope to see you there to pay tribute to the closely related media of film and photography and in a small way support all the photographers participating in the Cork Photo *15.

The chosen films reflect the long and complicated relationship between photography and cinema. David Campany states, “the rise of cinema obliged photography to make a virtue of its own stillness. Film, on the other hand, envied the simplicity, the lightness, and the precision of photography”. Some argue that photography and film are independent and therefore cannot be compared. However, close-ups, freeze frames and the countless portrayals of photographers on screen are signs of cinema’s continuing attraction to the still image.
Some of these films are about photographers, some are by photographers turned filmmakers and some are just visually inspired by photography. Hope you enjoy!

Gojira (1954) – the original Godzilla movie


Wednesday 13.5.2015 the legendary atomic monster of the sea will emerge for the x-th time but also for the first time ever. This is the original movie which brought countless remakes, follow ups and spin offs but was never outdone.

detailed analysis will follow very soon…there are many interesting facts about this film which just won’t fit in the event description or the introduction before the film.

The Japanese cinema theme


Our last film from the animation theme was Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke and we were very pleased about our record breaking attendance. This film is also the perfect link to our next theme which is the Japanese cinema. During April we welcome in Cork the annual Japanese Film Festival and since the country’s film making is so close to our heart we decided to expand on it and have the next two months dedicated to this film strong region. Naturally we first contacted the JFF to ensure that with our screenings we want to support the festival and expand on it and sponge of it. The JFF team was very supportive and even offered to promote our screenings, for which we are very thankful.

Now without further ado here is our program:

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the image is from the UK online magazine LWLIES*

(synopsis taken from IMDb and reviews in Italic written by Zemo)

15.4. Akira Kurosawa – Yojimbo (1961)

A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.

I felt that this film by the legendary Akira Kurosawa even though considered one of his greatest is often overlooked by Cineclubs in favour of the likes of ‘Ran’ or ‘Seven Samurai’. It is also my favourite performance by Toshiro Mifune.

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22.4. Masaki Kobayashi  – Harakiri (Seppuku) (1962)

An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord’s home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.

Let us call this one a psychological samurai drama. When you think of samurai movies you imagine lot of sword fights but even with absence of these ‘Harakiri’ manages to surpass them all. All right there is a little sword fighting as well.  Essential viewing. 


29.4. Masaaki Yuasa, Kôji Morimoto  – Mind Game (2004)

The film follows Nishi, a loser who has a crush on his childhood girlfriend. After an encounter with the Japanese mafia, the film follows Nishi as he journeys to heaven and back, and ends up trapped in an even more unlikely place.

I know we just came out of the animation theme but this brilliant animated feature was on my short list of ‘If I ever have a Cineclub’ films way before I started with The Deja View at Camden Palace. It was only waiting for the appropriate date which is now.  


06.5. Yôjirô Takita – Departures

A newly unemployed cellist takes a job preparing the dead for funerals.

Academy award winner for best foreign language film in 2008 is one of our most recent entries


13.5. Ishirô Honda  – Godzilla (Gojira) (1954)

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

This is the first time the mutated sea monster came out of the sea and repeatedly destroyed Tokyo and New York over the last 60 years. 


20.5. Kenji Mizoguchi – Ugetsu Monogatari (1953)

A fantastic tale of war, love, family and ambition set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century.


27.5. Yasujirô Ozu  –  I was born but…(1932)

Two young brothers become the leaders of a gang of kids in their neighbourhood. Their father is an office clerk who tries for advancement by playing up his boss.

Japanese silent era masterpiece by the legendary director who is sadly not as well-known as Akira Kurosawa.  If you never seen any of his movies this is a great film to start. Most famous for ‘Tokyo Story’


This was very hard thing to do to choose only seven movies and we feel we have to mention the runner-ups which we will try to include at some later stage. We are considering to do couple extra screenings but nothing is confirmed yet so we cant make any promises.

We were planning to include at least one Takeshi Kitano movie but since we showed our personal favorite Sonatine last year we felt other directors should get the space. But he is the first choice for a Friday screening. We are thinking of experimenting with a poll where you choose which of his movies you want to see. Another Miyazaki movie was also considered but we just cam out from animation and there is already one animation in the program so again we left space for real actors. There are some directors as well who we would like to show at least one movie of…for example Takashi Miike or Seijun Suzuki. We also omitted a whole genre of gory comedy horrors like Noboru Igochi’s Machine Girl probably the goriest film ever. And just to list few more:

Kaneto Shindo – Onibaba

Kaneto Shindo – Edo Porn

Yasuzo Masumura – Blind Beast

Kinji Fukasaku – Battle Royale

We hope to see you at least at few of the movies shown. We know we should not play favorites but our top choice is Harakiri on 22.04.2015.

*note about poster: We found the image on the Killahbeez website and they in turn have it from LWLIES who created this print, sold it at 40GBP and donated all proceedings to NPO charity. This print is long sold out but can be now freely used online as a reminder to make donations to charity, but in this spirit The Deja View  made an actual  donation as well to Project Reason of the same amount as was the print

Here is a link to an interesting TED talk about our perception of charity organisations 

Friday (27th) Screening: James Gray’s ‘The Immigrant’


Never been distributed to Ireland, ‘The Deja View Cineclub’ in association with the ‘PolskaEire Cork Festival’ is happy to present you our second screening of the week – James Gray’s

‘The Immigrant’


“Oh, Marion, we love you…”

co-written and directed by James Gray, 2013, USA, 120min

synopsis: An innocent immigrant woman is tricked into a life of burlesque and vaudeville until a dazzling magician tries to save her and reunite her with her sister who is being held in the confines of Ellis Island. source Imdb

Even though the film is set in the 20’s in New York City, the theme of immigration is still actual today in Ireland – country that knows the story from both sides; as the country with big emigration rate in the past and also a country welcoming immigrants. The film itself is a complex tale of morality and survival with a wonderful cast who all give excellent performances. Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Renner and of course Joaquin Phoenix who seems to be to James Gray what DiCaprio is to Scorsese or Depp to Burton.

This special event came to be on the occasion of PolskaEire Cork Festival – festival celebrating the relationship between Ireland and Poland with several events in the city culminating in the soccer match between the two countries on Sunday the 29th of March.

Camden Palace Hotel and by extension The Deja View Cineclub are always eager to support the local communities through through art so we could not stay behind when we were asked by the organizers to organize a film screening.

And as always we will open the Café at 7pm where you can get tea and coffee and maybe even a glass of white. After that grab a blanket and get a seat and enjoy the selection of shorts running until 8pm all based in one way or the other on the main movie. For the next two months it also will be animation, claymation, stopmotion and similar thingtion. At 8pm-ish I will introduce the movie (or a guest speaker if I can find one) and after a trailer and maybe some very short film (if we think it enhances the viewing) we will start with the main feature.

suggested donation 5EUR (Camden Palace is a non-funded charity organisation supporting the arts in Cork so we really appreciate your donations)

04.02.-01.04. – ANIMATION theme


Hello everyone!

Welcome back to our brand new season after our long winter sleep. It has been a year since we started our cinematic adventure together and to celebrate our anniversary – the nice people at Camden Palace allowed a free Friday screening. It was a tough decision but in the end we went with Black Cat, White Cat film by Emir Kusturica whose other film Underground was our first movie last year when we started. So we thought it is fitting. It is also one of the directors most light hearted movies and therefore a perfect candidate for a Friday evening. Just to bring people together again and let Cork know that we are back. And hopefully they missed us.

our long winter sleep

Our long winter sleep.                              photo by Weegee, ‘Woman Sleeping in a Movie Theater

And now for our new season. We will start with all things animation. This form of filmmaking has been lately dominated by Disney and Pixar and created an impression that animation is for children. Granted they are few exceptions, but the key word is few. One such exception is Persepolis (shown 11.2.2015) or Waltz with Bashir . In our next program we will concentrate on animation they were made with adults in mind.

Here goes the list:

04.02. – Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) by Lotte Reiniger

with LIVE score by ‘Non Toxic Orchestra’

11.02. – Persepolis (2007) by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi

18.02. – Heavy Traffic (1973) by Ralph Bakshi

25.02. – La planète sauvage (Fantastic Planet, 1973) by Rene Laloux

04.03. – Le Roman de Renard (The Tale of the Fox, 1930) by Irene and Wladyslaw Starewicz

11.03. – Waking Life (2001) by Richard Linklater

18.03. – AniMoving Poetry – screening of short animated videopoems intertwined with LIVE readings by local poets

25.03. – The Anthology of Polish animation – on the occasion of Polish-Irish festival

01.04. – Mononoke-hime (Princess Mononoke 1997) by Hayao Miyazaki

We are hoping you will keep showing us your support simply by showing up. Feel free to comment with questions or suggestions.

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Have a amazing cinematic experience

The Deja View team