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St. Louis International Film Festival 2011: ‘Cirkus Columbia’: Human bonds ring true, with war just around the corner

15 November 2011 12:29 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Cirkus Columbia

Directed by Danis Tanovic

Written and Directed by Danis Tanovic and Ivica Djikic

Bosnia & Herzegovina, 2010

The situation is a familiar one; a middle-aged man returns to his former hometown with a beautiful young girlfriend and shows off his good fortune to his old friends. When Divko Buntic (Miki Manojlovic) pulls up in a luxury car into the small Bosnian town, the onlookers’ response is the expected mix of jealousy and hatred. After making it big in Germany, he returns triumphantly to showcase his power in the newly capitalist Bosnia region. His next step is to kick his estranged wife and young adult son out of their house and move right inside. This premise appears to set up an obvious family drama, but the actual result provides an interesting shift on our expectations.

Set in 1991 just prior to the Yugoslav Wars, Cirkus Columbia offers an intimate look at the »

- Dan Heaton

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Cirkus Columbia – Sliff Review

10 November 2011 7:00 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Review by Dana Jung

Ten years ago, director Danis Tanovic won nearly every major film award worldwide (including Golden Globe and Academy Awards) for his exceptional anti-war film No Man’S Land. Using the Bosnian/Serbian conflict in Herzegovina as a backdrop, No Man’S Land used tension, humor, satire, and excellent performances to set a new tone for war films. It has influenced nearly every war film since, most notably another Oscar-winner, The Hurt Locker

Now, in only his fourth feature film, Tanovic has returned to this incredibly tragic setting to tell another story with an anti-war theme. However, this one’s message is more oblique and unsettling, because it reminds us that war isn’t just about armies and politicians or beliefs and bureaucracies. It is also — maybe most importantly – about families.

Divko is a middle-aged man who has returned to his hometown after 20 years, and he has returned with gusto. »

- Movie Geeks

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Bastille Day: 10 French TV characters who celebrate le quatorze juillet

14 July 2011 1:25 AM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Bonne Fête Nationale! It's July 14 (or 14 July for you Euros), which means it's time to celebrate all things French.

And while some might choose to commemorate the 1789 storming of the Bastille with fancy wine and cheese spreads or by playing "La Marseillaise" on repeat, we'll be camping out in front of the tube with some of our favorite French TV characters.

You might be surprised to know that there aren't a whole lot of them, but we've come up with 10 who you shouldn't have a hard time tracking down if your francophone heart wants company.

Here they are, in their mostly fake-accented and cliche name glory:

Luc Laurent (Gilles Marini), "Brothers and Sisters"

Fans of the ABC family soap were probably sad to see the series canceled this year for many reasons -- but few give us more pause than the fact that we'll no longer see Gilles Marini in our home every week. »


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