WFC Saudi Arabia: وجدة‎

Hey! It’s a comedy about a spunky girl in Saudi Arabia. Not what I expected at all. It plays with the constant trivial, petty and extreme repression of Saudi society vs trying to have a normal childhood very effectively.

Funny and enraging at the same time.

And the girl playing the lead is just amazing.

Wadjda. Haifaa al-Mansour. 2012. Saudi Arabia.

Flying Carpet

  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 part Advocaat
  • 1 part Pisang Ambon
  • 2 parts cream

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

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WFC India: द लंच बॉक्स

Hm… this might not be totally genuinly Indian. Lots of European financing going on…

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From the cover of the DVD I thought it was going to be a Bollywood film with lots of dancing and singing, and… it isn’t. Boo!

But this film has a very silly premise, anyway. Me like! Marrying that great premise to a film with emotional depth is a really good idea.

It kinda drags in the last act, though.

The Lunchbox. Ritesh Batra. 2013. India.

  • 6cl whiskey
  • 2 tsp orange marmelade
  • 1 tsp finely graded ginger
  • a splash of soda
  • orance slice

Shake the three first ingredients with ice. Strain into ice-filled glass, splash some soda into it, and garnish with a slice of orange.

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WFC Iran: کلوزآپ ، نمای نزدیک‎

This is a totally fascinating film. It’s mostly a documentary, but the film-maker didn’t arrive until a bit into the proceedings, so he had the people involved re-enact what happened before he arrived.

And the story being told isn’t a super-duper mega-important one, but a really weird one.

It’s so bizarre structurally. I had to google it to determine that it wasn’t just all made up, because that’s the only thing that would have made it more mind blowing.

Close-Up. Abbas Kiarostami. 1990. Iran.

  • 8 parts gin
  • 7 parts Persian sweet lemon juice
  • 2 parts lemon juice
  • 2 parts Cherry Heering
  • 1 part rosewater
  • 1 part simple syrup

Shake with ice and strain into glass.

I’ve never had sweet lemons before. It’s a quite subtle flavour. It’s not even that citrusey. But nice.

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WFC Denmark: Idealisten

This film veered between being almost a parody of a serious documentary about a brave journalist and… er… Hm. Perhaps it didn’t veer that much.

It wasn’t a good film, but it was occasionally exciting.

The Idealist. Christina Rosendahl. 2015. Denmark.

Complement Cocktail

  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part aquavit
  • a few dashes of maraschino liqueur

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WFC Argentina: La mujer sin cabeza

The Headless Woman. Lucrecia Martel. 2008. Argentina.

Hey. This was rather excellent. I bought the film at random in a used DVD shop. I should do that more, but do used DVD shops even exist any more?

Bison TT

I couldn’t find ginger syrup anywhere, so I had to make it myself.

  • 1 part water
  • 1 part sugar
  • 1 part sliced ginger

Simmer for half an hour.

  • 4 parts vodka
  • 3 parts green tea
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 4 parts ginger syrup
  • 1 bourbon soaked cherry
  • Shake and pour into highball glass, and garnish with the cherry.

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