BIFF 2012 #12 Bread and Circuses (Kruha in iger, Slovenia 2011)

This was the last of the six entries in Bradford’s ‘New European Features’ competition. I don’t expect it to figure highly in the judge’s considerations, but that does not mean that the film isn’t of interest. It’s a mainstream popular film – a form of broad social comedy with many familiar and universal elements. As… Read More BIFF 2012 #12 Bread and Circuses (Kruha in iger, Slovenia 2011)

BIFF 2012 #10: Volcano (Eldfjall, Iceland/Denmark 2011)

Volcano is a recognisable Nordic drama, harrowing in parts and occasionally uplifting – never sentimental, always intelligent. As several trade reviewers jokingly put it, this isn’t a ‘date movie’ – but for older audiences it will ring very true or perhaps start some re-evaluations of family relationships. At the beginning of the film Hannes is… Read More BIFF 2012 #10: Volcano (Eldfjall, Iceland/Denmark 2011)