Short Reviews

The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner

Based on a true story (and book), this is a movie about family, self-discovery and…backgammon. The backbone of the story is a trip where the main characters recreate bounds and revisit their past in order to overcome a tragedy.
This film won the Audience Award and the Best Director Award at the 25th Festroia, but I can only agree with the second prize, cause it didn’t do for me what it probably did to other people, mainly because of 2 factors:
First, the trip goes through 4 countries, but you don’t really understand it and notice the transitions besides the obvious ones (Italy and Germany), and secondly, the whole movie lacks rythm. I was expecting something more dynamic, with the trip playing a big role in the story, but instead it keeps creating this past-present parallelisms that stall the flow.

Still, it was one of the few “happy ending” movies of the festival. Stefan Kitanov, the producer, has this theory about bringing happiness to people’s life through cinema, and I think that’s a very honourable idea. He was nice enough to buy me a drink and elogiate my work, while we discussed some aspects of his film, and I really understood the passion he has for the 7th Art (he’s also a theatre owner and a film festival organizer back in Bulgaria). Great guy.



Maybe the nicest short film I had the opportunity to see in the whole festival (excluding animation).

It’s just an old lady and her granddaughter taking care of her…at least that’s the premise. But the directing gives it a nice edge…camera angles make you feel claustrophobic, and the girl playing the granddaughter does a terrific job, transmitting the frustrations and repressed anger against the situation…makes you think ’bout something that is very common among Portuguese families.


A different perspective on the epic story of the Countess Elizabeth Báthory, portraying her not as a bloody serial killer, but as a gentle woman with a psychological disturb that fell victim to the circumstances but never murdered anyone just to extract their blood. It’s a typic historical epic film, showing the lies and political games in the noble courts and the influence of the church in the whole deal.

It’s a decent production, but becomes a bit boring due to the long playtime and the mistake of creating a narrator to the story and unnecessarily distributing it into 3 parts…cuts the flow of the film and takes you out of the “based on a true story” mood (although the movie doesn’t mention that). Watch it only if you’re into the whole historical film thing…although it’s an interesting perspective on the events, specially if you read the wikipedia link I left on the first paragraph.



2 Responses to “Short Reviews”

  1. 1 A Constant Refrain 24 September, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    tenho de ver o outros dois 🙂

  2. 2 Inês Barradas A MAMI 27 September, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    sou fan da historia da condessa elizabeth bathory

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