WFC Armenia: Նռան գույնը

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This is officially the 224th best film ever.

The philosophical question is, of course, “it this film from Armenia”? It was created during the Soviet era, so it’s a bit iffy, I guess, but, you know:

Anyway, this is a (sorta) non-narrative film, and consists of static tableaux. This may sound kinda portentous and pretentious, but it’s kinda funny. And pretty.

The Colour of Pomegranates. Sergei Parajanov. 1969. nil.

Armenian Kiss

  • 6 parts pomegranate juice
  • 2 parts vodka
  • 1 part Grand Marnier
  • dash of orange blossom water

Shake with ice and pour into cocktail glass. Garnish with pomegranate kernels and lemon peel.

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WFC Bangladesh: তিতাস একটি নদীর নাম

What a strange film. It this had been directed by somebody like Robert Bresson, I would have assumed that the stilted dialogue, oblique plot and very stylized acting was a conscious choice, but here I’m not so sure.

And then suddenly it turns into a farce for half an hour. And then there’s a boat racing documentary. Makes me wonder whether this is a stitch-up-job of several different films? Might also explain the length.

It’s still kinda fascinating.

As for the cocktail… I tried! But…

A River Called Titas. Ritwik Ghatak. 1973. Bangladesh.

Pimm’s Cup

  • cucumber wheel
  • lemon wheel
  • 1 part Pimm’s No. 1
  • 2 parts ginger ale

Muddle lemon and cucumber in a glass. Add Pimm’s and gigner ale and ice. Stir. Garnish with a twist of lemon.

This cocktail is appropriate for the time!

So controversial.

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WFC Romania: Marţi, după Crăciun

The actors are fantastic, and it’s a very stylish film, and there are some very powerful scenes in here.

Tuesday, After Christmas. Radu Muntean. 2010. Romania.

Temptation

  • 2 parts Limoncello
  • 1 part lemon vodka
  • 1 part lime juice
  • brown sugar to taste

Shake with ice, and pour into a glass rimmed with brown sugar.

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WFC Lithuania: Nesamasis laikas

This is one of those “big reveal” films, and the reveal is surprising. However, it felt like it was going to reveal something completely different through most of the middle bit, and that was annoying. It was like the filmmaker was taunting us with “yeah, you’re clever, you’ve already figured out that “. Which isn’t a pleasant way to watch a film.

And then it turned out that the filmmaker completely had us all fooled all along, which is nice, but it still didn’t help with the actual viewing experience.

So a bit frustrating.

Non-Present Time. Mykolas Vildziunas. 2014. Lithuania.

Krupnikas

  • Half a liter of water
  • 350g honey

Bring up to a boil and skim. Add

  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 cardamom pods, cracked slightly
  • half a whole nutmeg, cracked slightly
  • 3 whole allspice, cracked slightly
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • Half a tsp fennel seed
  • 4 cm ginger, cut into pieces
  • 2 cm inch turmeric root, cut into pieces
  • Half an peel of an orange
  • Quarter peel of a lemon
  • 1 vanilla bean, split and scraped

Simmer for half an hour.

Add half a liter of vodka, pour into a bottle, and let it settle for a couple of weeks. Then drink.

It’s like… drinking Christmas. A very sweet one.

It’s settling…

Unsettling!

After one week.

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WFC Burkina Faso: La nuit de la vérité

Some scenes work really well, especially with the children and the women in the village. But a lot of the actors are, like, declaiming at the camera, and it’s a more than a bit awkward.

So I kinda like it, and I admire it, and there’s good stuff in here. But.

The climactic scene was completely mad and original and totally gripping, so there’s that.

The Night of Truth. Fanta Régina Nacro. 2004. Burkina Faso.

Bissap Mojito

  • 6 parts rum
  • 3 parts lime juice
  • 2 parts bissap syrup
  • Sugar to taste

Stir in a glass to dissolve sugar. Add ice.

I couldn’t find any Burkinabe cocktails, so I chose one from a list of recipes from Western Africa.

¯_(ツ)_/¯

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