WFC Croatia: Ta divna splitska noć

Hm… This sort of playful artsy fartsy film is right up my alley, but I just didn’t feel it. So I instead spent most of the time wondering why the scenes just didn’t connect (for me). Some of the actors are really good (the mother and the boy) and some are kinda meh (that scraggly-bearded one)… The cinematography is good… The editing is fun…

Perhaps it’s all the macho posturing and the way everybody goes all overwraught at the drop of a hot.

It’s like it’s almost great but instead it’s just annoying.

A Wonderful Night in Split. Arsen A. Ostojic. 2004. Croatia.

Crocktail

  • 5 parts maraschino liqueur
  • 3 parts lemon juice
  • 3 parts cherry juice

Build the cocktail in a long drink glass over ice and stir. Garnish with orange rind and a cherry.

Oops! That was supposed to be sour cherry juice, and I had sweet cherry syrup…

Oh, well.

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WFC Morocco: L’armée du salut

It’s a captivating and bewildering film. Very original from a storytelling and structural point of view. And very nicely shot.

I can’t quite make out whether the actors are meant to be this stylised and stiff or whether they’re just not, er, all that good, but it kinda works anyway. The mother’s great.

The film loses tension after a while, though, and my attention started wandering.

Salvation Army. Abdellah Taia. 2013. Morocco.

Dolomint

  • 1 part gin
  • 1 part Galliano
  • 1 part lime juice
  • soda water
  • mint leaves

Pour all ingredients over ice and stir. Top up with soda water. Crush some mint leaves and rub along the edge of the glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

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WFC Ecuador: Feriado

Very metal.

I finally went through the curiosly divisioned (is that a word?) “Spanish/South American/African” shelves at the video store.

As suspected, it was 87% Spanish, 22% Mexican and 13% “other”. (Lots of copro-ductions.) I only found two films from countries previously not covered (of which this is one), so it’s getting really difficult to just stumble onto films now. I guess everything will have to be shopped via the Intertubes from now one.

Anyway anyway, yet another interesting film from South America: Still the part of the world with the highest good to bad ratio. Good actors, too. The fat kid is really convincing as an asshole.

It’s a really sweet film.

Holiday. Diego Araujo. 2014. Ecuador.

Canalazo

  • 20 cl water
  • 10 cl light brown sugar
  • 5 cl rum
  • juice from one small orange
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • star anise as garnish

Heat sugar and water until dissolved. Add the rest and heat, but do not boil. Pour into a cup (without taking the cinnamon sticks out) and add garnish.

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WFC Norway: Reprise

*gasp* Norway!

Such a frustrating film.

There are long stretches here of pure bewildering genius where I’m going THIS IS THE BEST FILM EVER.

And then there are scenes where it all falls flat and I’m all “perhaps this would have worked with better actors or lines or a better director or SOMETHING”.

It’s written by the guy who directed the brilliant film shot in my flat, but that’s totally not influencing my view of this film whatsoever.

There are several really funny scenes in here, and lots of original touches, but the middle section really drags.

Loved the ending.

Rerun. Joachim Trier. 2006. Norway.

Mountain Stream

  • 2 parts aquavit
  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 part orange curaçao
  • 1 part lime
  • 2 parts Sprite

Fill a glass with ice and add all ingredients, except the Sprite, to the glass. Stir. Then add Sprite.

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WFC Central African Republic: Song from the Forest

This is a documentary (I think… or is it!?) filmed in the Central African Republic, but it’s really more a US/German film than anything else.

Most of the dialogue is in English, but the DVD is subtitled in German only. So when the people who are speaking the language people in Ködörösêse tî Bêafrîka use, I have to read and understand the German subtitles.

“- Versager! Arschloch! Schwanz!” I understand German! Wow!

It’s a fascinating and strange film. Beautifully shot.

Song from the Forest. Michael Obert. 2013. Central African Republic.

Wasp

  • 1 part voka
  • 1 part banana liqueur
  • 2 parts ginger ale

Stir with ice and top off with the ginger ale.

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WFC Cabo Verde: O Testamento do Senhor Napumoceno

I guess Cabo Verde is too small to show up on the map there… Google! Be better!

We’re getting to smaller countries now in this blog series (size-wise or film industry wise (we’re nearly half way)), so the question “is this really a film from ?” is getting slightly more iffy.

IMDB lists this one as a coproduction between “Portugal | Brazil | Cape Verde | France | Belgium”, which makes it like “er”. The director here is from Portugal, but it’s filmed in Cape Verde with plenty of Cape Verdean (is that a word?) actors and stuff, so…

Anyway, this is a very silly film. I didn’t quite get that at the start and thought all the actors were just over-acting like crazy. But it’s an old-fashioned farce and doesn’t really aim at realism. Sort of. It turns all serious towards the end.

It’s amusing. And the structure it has (two timelines connected by a listening to tapes) makes it more interesting.

And I really enjoy listening to Portuguese.

But, still, it’s kinda… off.

Napomuceno’s Will. Francisco Manso. 1997. Cabo Verde.

Coco Punch

  • 3 parts brandy
  • 1 part sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 parts coconut milk
  • some grated coconut

Shake with ice and pour, unstrained, into a glass.

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WFC Cameroon: Aristotle’s Plot

Wow. Such a fresh film. I can see some Godard influences, perhaps, but it’s quite unlike anything I’ve seen. It’s like… Michel Gondry ten years before Michel Gondry.

Very meta and quite funny.

I found their dialect sometimes hard to follow, though. *concentrate* I switched on the French subtitles to help understanding, and I don’t even understand French.

Love the guy who played the “Keystone Cop”.

I do have one slight criticism to make, though: The voice-over at the end was a bit too on the nose.

Le complot d’Aristote. Jean-Pierre Bekolo. 1996. Cameroon.

Tamarind & Gin

  • Tamarind drink
  • Gin

To make the tamarind drink, remove the seends from a bunch of tamarinds, boil some water, and let the tamarind flesh steep in the cooling water for a few hours.

This isn’t really a Cameroon cocktail, but the tamarind part it. I dumped some gin into this traditional soft drink.

I tried googling! Cameroonian bartenders: You should get on the web.

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