Our film expert was in Snowy Stockholm (yes, snowier than here!) and shares his experience with us all!
By Umut Hanioğlu
First of all I have to say that Stockholm is one of the most unique cities I have seen in all of Europe. Having seen most of the major and some minor capitals and large cities of the European continent, that is saying something. If only it wasn’t so cold…
In fact, the Gothenburg Film Festival is supposed to be larger and more well known in film circuits than Stockholm. So they say. Maybe it was the cold, some of the films I ‘ve seen packed only half-full crowds. Still there has been long and silent queues where cinephiles waited patiently for some twenty minutes or so to get in. An interesting and cool thing about the films in general was that (at least for the ones I’ve seen) the directors came on stage before the screening and introduced films. Some also had discussions afterwards.
I’ve seen five films and here are my impressions on them.
- Electro Wars
This is a documentary consisting of interviews with DJs in the electro scene of mainly New York by Stephen Alex Vasquez. I’m not a big electro fan and didn’t know most of the people interviewed but it is still interesting to see how different music styles influence each other. The part where they tried to interview the French dance duo Justice was really funny. Justice didn’t want to be interviewed and the reporter had to chase them around to ask ‘What does electro mean to you? And the guy finally said ‘Nothing.’ Maybe he was just drunk.
- The Man Who Sold the World
This film was by Moroccan brothers Imad and Swel Noury and based on Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel ‘The Weak Heart’. I haven’t read the novel but it is always hard to visualize a novel, especially a Dostoyevsky novel which usually deals with inner feelings and issues and that is hard to show in film. Still the acting was good and moving at times.
- The Tree
This was a film by French director Julie Bertucelli and stars famous French singer Serge Gainsbourg’s daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg. I basically went to see this as Gainsbourg was in it and the film was not disappointing at all.
Fiction film with strange animations based on Beat poet Allen Ginsberg focusing on the trial against him after the publication of his poem, Howl.
5. My Joy
This was a Russian film depicting life in rural Russia. Not for the faint hearted. Random brutality and a really depressing tone.