A musical documentary I can’t wait to see!

Director Stefan Schwietert talks about his new film “Balkan Melodie” (Interview in German). “Balkan melodie” tells the story of the Swiss folk-music collector Marcel Celliers who traveled in Bulgaria and Romania during the communism and made the folk music of these countries popular in the West. What the people in the West (and nowadays also on the Balkans) didn’t now is the role that the communist state played in creating a legend around the folk-songs and used them as a tool for its purposes.

A musical documentary I definitely can’t wait to see!

 

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Happy 70 Mr. Mc Dowell

Today Malcolm Mc Dowell is turning 70. Happy Birthday and thanks for the great movies! The Kubrick classic and one of my favourites, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, is playing today in Filmmuseum for the occasion.

Want to be in… Sarajevo

I’ve just read a post on Cineuropa, that the Sarajevo Film Festival will have a tribute to Cristi Puiu. Some of his films will be shown in Sarajevo between 16th and 24th August. I particularly insist to see one of them, The Death of Mr Lazarescu (Moartea Domnului Lazarescu). It’s a comedy with a Balkan taste and fascinating, adorable humour (at least that’s what you get from the trailer. I really have the feeling that at the end is going to be much more..).

So if you’re in Sarajevo at that time, please, please, please, tell me how it was because I don’t know if and how I’m gonna make it there…

P.S.: If you have been in Bucharest, you will know what the Parliament joke actually means. (Or just check the Romanian Parliament on wikipedia).

death_of_mr_lazarescu

Waiting for… The Great Beauty

Festival de Cannes 2013. The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) von Paolo Sorrentino. There is nothing I can write about this film. All I can say is how much I miss watching real films, every cell of my body longs for deep, sensual, fascinating cinema that tells a simple story in a beautiful way (I can’t stop thinking about my disappointment with the last Baz Luhrmann film. Oh, Hollywood! Why?).

Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty has a fragile nuance of Fellini’s La Dolche Vita in its trailer. I don’t know. I will wait… If you want to wait we me, read The Great Beauty: a journey to the end of the night.

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)