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Feature film competition five world premieres and four regional premieres, including multi award-winner In Bloom.
The Sarajevo Film Festival (Sff), running August 16-24, has announced the Feature, Short and Documentary Competition titles comprising 50 films.
Selectors and the Sff team viewed 750 films from the region, including 200 feature films, 150 documentaries and 400 short and animated films.
Across the three Competition sections are 15 world, seven international and 18 regional premieres.
The main competition will feature five world premieres including Carmen, the first feature by Romanian director Doru Nitescu.
It is a family drama co-written by Tudor Voican, known for Periferic and Medal of Honour. The Filmex Romania production stars Doru Ana from Principles of Life, Adrian Titieni from Child’s Pose and Maia Morgenstern.
Greek director Dimitris Bavellas’ debut feature Runaway Day is a black-and-white film exploring how young Greeks feel lost in modern day Athens, a city under financial occupation. It starts Maria Skoula from Wasted Youth.
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★★★☆☆ The inaugural part of Austrian provocateur Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy (with all three films receiving staggered releases in the coming months), Paradise: Love (Paradies: Liebe, 2012) is a bitter first dose of squirm-inducing realism. Focusing on one rotund holiday-goer's adventures as a sex tourist on the Kenyan coast, Seidl certainly doesn't shy away from the controversial, exploring themes of racial exploitation and societal injustice within a beach community bloated by its own troubling contradictions. Thankfully, this first entry still somehow manages to remain as enthralling as it is excruciating, despite its languid pace.
Known on the glistening white beaches of Kenya's coastlines as 'sugar mamas', numerous predatory European women have made a habit of embarking on sex tourist vacations, seeking out the attentions of young African men who sell love (well, sex) in order to earn a living and provide for their dependants. Fifty-year-old Austrian single mother Teresa (an oddly »
- CineVue UK
Sugar Mama sex tourism depicted in Ulrich Seidl’s ‘remarkable’ Paradise: Love (photo: Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu in Paradise: Love) Sugar Mama sex tourism is the subject of Paradise: Love / Paradies: Liebe. Aside from the fact that this is a real thing, which is fascinating, director Ulrich Seidl’s remarkable film about the subject is deeply affecting in a number of ways. Paradise: Love is at once sad and ebullient, disturbing and invigorating, beautiful and grotesque. It is a daring investigation on the part of the filmmakers — especially its players, among them several novice Kenyan actors and several veteran Austrian actresses, all of whom, quite literally, bare themselves for all to see, know, and judge. It’s brilliantly done. Sugar Mama sex tourism involves middle-aged European women traveling to Kenya, ostensibly for lovely beach-resort-style vacations in paradise. True, Kenya offers resorts, it looks lovely, and perhaps it’s even a »
- Tim Cogshell
For the rest of the Notebook's Fantasy Double Features of 2012, see the poll's main index.
Old: Allons enfants... pour L'Algerie (Karl Gass, 1961)
Two works of international(ist) solidarity made exactly half a century apart (Far from Afghanistan was already shown on the net last year in the so-called October Version), both dealing with a colonial war and its ramifications for the victim—as well the aggressor and collaborator state. Two works, also, of fragmentation, multitudes of voices, dialectic pluralism; Gass sub-divided his film into three parts (actually, it's more like two halves and a coda), while the Gianvito-masterminded project consists of five quasi-independent segments (working also quite well as stand-alone shorts) plus half a dozen interludes. Yet, in one—maybe the most—crucial way they're light years apart: Gass lays it down smack from the center »
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