Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Edinburgh International Film Festival

It's that time of the year again and so far I've only seen excellent films! First i saw a series of short films from across Europe, all of which were worth watching and most of which had something to say and stimulated a lot of thought. For sheer entertainment value, I'd have to pick out the 5 minute Irish film 'The Boy Who Was Dubbed' which featured a boy who suffered from being dubbed in real life.....

Then I watched 'Black Brush' a Hungarian film about a group of work shy chimney sweeps, who seemed to spend most of their time smoking spliffs on the rooftops of Budapest, when they weren't chasing goats or losing money on cock-fights. A lovely low key film with lots of humour.

Yesterday was 'Wristcutters - A Love Story' a road movie set in a limbo world of faded colours inhabited by suicides. A world just like here, but everything is worse. Beautiful, funny and moving. If you're anything like me, you'll need a couple of boxes of tissues for this one.

More to follow!

3 comments:

Nia said...

Dubbed? As in, coming with subtitles?

I love the bittersweet humour of most Irish short films I've seen -do you know the one of the Japanese young man who takes an Irish (Gaelic) course?

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Nia, no, not subtitled, having a voice-over, normally this would be so characters in a flreign film seem to be speaking the language of the audience, but in this film, the words were in English, but were spoken a second or so later than the man was moving his lips. It was inspired I think by the fact that during the 1970s the Leader of Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams was not allowed to speak on British tv, but somehow it was okay for his words to be voiced over by an actor. It was rather surreal. And thanks for the recommendation, I haven't seen the film you mention, do you remember the title?

Nia said...

I posted a comment already but it disappeared in thin cyber air - the movie is here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0410939/

I didn't remember the title so it took a bit of a search! What would we do without imdb? :)