Tangerines (Mandariinid, Georgia/Estonia 2013)

Tangerines is a humanist drama with an anti-war discourse. The sizeable audience I watched it with at Square Chapel in Halifax certainly seemed to enjoy it and many were visibly moved by its story. A co-production between Georgia and Estonia it was written and directed by Zaza Urushadze from Georgia and stars the very experienced Estonian actor Lembit… Read More Tangerines (Mandariinid, Georgia/Estonia 2013)

BIFF 2013 #18: Faith, Love and Whiskey (Bulgaria/US 2012)

It’s the second year of the New European Features competition at Bradford and just like last year there is a Bulgarian entry. The two films are remarkably similar in institutional terms if not in plot and narrative. Avé last year had a director with some US background/training, a young woman with some international experience and… Read More BIFF 2013 #18: Faith, Love and Whiskey (Bulgaria/US 2012)

BIFF 2013 #10: Vegetarian Cannibal (Ljudozder vegetarijanac, Croatia 2012)

It’s difficult to write about a film that I had to watch through my fingers on several occasions. I have a phobia about scenes featuring surgical operations and there are plenty of those in this film set in a leading clinic in Zagreb. Those green gowns and spurting blood are too much and if this… Read More BIFF 2013 #10: Vegetarian Cannibal (Ljudozder vegetarijanac, Croatia 2012)

BIFF 2013 #6: A Night Too Young (Prílis mladá noc, Czech Rep 2012)

One of the six entries in the European Features competition at BIFF, A Night Too Young is certainly distinctive but it will face problems because of its short length and possibly its subject matter. 65 minutes used to be the generally accepted point at which a film became a ‘feature’ rather than a ‘short’ –… Read More BIFF 2013 #6: A Night Too Young (Prílis mladá noc, Czech Rep 2012)