Tuesday, 11 August 2009
The Melbourne International Film Festival has been in town, and I've managed to squeeze in a few films between work. One of these was Katalin Varga, a beautiful, haunting Romanian/Hungarian film by Peter Strickland. It is set in Transylvania, and the scenery is absolutely stunning, it brought back memories of my brief trip there in 2007. Here is a link to a interview with the director and some lovely photos (just letting you know it's a PDF).
The other film I saw was a fantastic Serbian one called Tears for Sale, a wonderful fairy-tale like story set in the 1920s in a remote village where all the men except one have been killed in the war. When two sisters (who make a living as professional mourners at funerals) accidentally kill him, they must set out to find replacement men for the village's women or be forever haunted by their grandmother's spirit. Apparently it is the most expensive Serbian film made to this date, with lavish costumes, gorgeous sets, and lots of special effects, but all this just serves to enhance rather than detract from the crazy plot, which has a distinctly magic-realist feel to it.