Friday, December 09, 2011

IFFK 2011 Day 1 Night

The last film I watched today is Circus Columbia, directed by Danis Tanovic. His first film, No Man's Land, was one of the trend-setting Balkan war films. This is another of that genre. It is the story of a Bosnian expat, who was forced to flee the country by the communist regime, coming back to his native village to settle some old scores: both personal and political.

Set in the back drop of a looming civil war, the film offers delightful glimpses of life in Balkan villages. It is a kind of guided tour through humor, satire, love, adolescence life, and a bit of incest. One problem with the film is that it tends to focus more on personal lives than on the bigger political picture. If you are familiar with the Balkan war films, chances are that you will not be much impressed.

Part of the reason why this film did not appear as appealing as some of the reviews suggested would be the fact that I watched this movie after the splendidly hilarious Two Half Times in Hell. Easily the best movie I have watched which has a sport as a central theme.

Tomorrow is going to be a day with the masters: L'argent by Robert Bresson, Eternity and a Day by Theodoros Angelopoulos, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, and Faust by Aleksander Sokurov.

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