WFC Germany: Aber das Wort Hund bellt ja nicht

A very unusual “tour” film, but it really gets to the heart of the matter. Long, long takes of the musicians playing or listening to the others playing, interspersed with tales of the routine of touring.

Who knew there were so many ways of making duck with red cabbage?

(Oh, featured in the film are Alexander von Schlippenbach, Evan Parker and Paul Lovens. Lovely.)

But the Word Dog Doesn’t Bark. Bernd Schoch. 2011. Germany.

Big Fish

  • 2 parts white rum
  • 2 parts blue curaçao
  • 3 parts lemon juice
  • 8 parts orange juice

Shake with ice and strain into a glass. Garnish with a lemon slice.

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WFC Hungary: Egymásra nézve

It’s an interesting little film. It must have been difficult to make this in the early 80s.

I love the actors. The story is… uhm… Well, you won’t be surprised by how it ends. NORMALITY RESTORED in the usual way in these films.

Another Way. Károly Makk. 1982. Hungary.

  • 1 part white wine
  • 1 part Cognac

Pour into a white wine glass.

Well, that was horrible.

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WFC Bulgaria: Урок

There are things about this film I like enormously. It’s a taut, tense film about nightmarish desperation.

But it seems like there are always options out of the problems that seem to be avoided just for the sake of plot. So my main feeling here is of “but why doesn’t she…?” just about all the time, which is probably not what the filmmakers were going for.

And when her car broke down on the way to pay the 1.37 lev…

Oops! Spoilers!

Love the actors.

The Lesson. Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov. 2014. Bulgaria.

Oblak

  • 1 part ouzo
  • 1 part creme de menthe
  • 1 part vanilla ice cream

Shake ouzo and creme de menthe with ice. Pour into a blender with ice cream and blend. Serve immediately.

Can also be made without ice cream.

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WFC Albania: Falja e Gjakut

This is a fascinating film. It’s perhaps the most exotic story I’ve seen so far in this film series, and it’s from a European country.

It’s a simple little film about a fucked up situation, but it’s pitch perfect emotionally.

The sitch is so exotically fucked up that I’m almost tempted to give a plot recap, but I hate recaps.

The Forgiveness of Blood. Joshua Marston. 2011. Albania.

Albania

  • Rum
  • Maraschino cherry liqueur
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar

That’s my interpretation of what he may be saying in this video, but I don’t understand Albanian.

Shake with ice. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry and lime wedge.

That didn’t come out right.

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WFC Viet Nam: Xích Lô

It’s a very moist film.

Sure, it’s aestheticizing poverty and stuff. Inscrutable film, great actors and cinematography.

Cyclo. Tran Anh Hung. 1995. Viet Nam.

Ginger Kaffir Limeade

limes sugar 1 part ginger syrup 1 part cointreau 3 parts vodka

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

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