During the long heat wave that's sure to occupy the remainder of summer, what else is there to do than hull up inside a fortress of air conditioning and watch movies? From SEE Fest's past festival programs here are three films that should give you something of quality to watch and bring you down memory lane. So kick back, relax, and absorb the cultural richness that these films have to offer.
Beautifully composed psychological drama about a love triangle between three Croatians reveals layers of moral dilemmas as protagonists confront fate, destiny, coincidence and individual responsibility as one marriage is falling apart. Much like Kieslowski, director Ogresta probes the social undercurrents beneath the bubble of an upscale urban living with great skill and sharp insight.Shown during the 2009 SEE Fest Program
THE WAY I SPENT THE END OF THE WORLD - 2006 - Directed by Catalin Mitulescu
Winner of Best Actress award for Dorotheea Petre's performance at Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard category in 2006, “The Way I Spent the End of the World” is a heart-warming coming-of-age story of two siblings making the most of it in the last months of Ceausescu’s regime in Romania. Brilliantly acted by the pitch-perfect Dorotheea Petre (“Ryna”), and young boy Timotei Duma, the film follows them through the pains of first love and challenged loyalties.Shown during the 2007 SEE Fest Program
MOONLESS NIGHT - 2004 - Directed and Written by: Artan Minarolli
|Director Artan Minarolli|
Rudina, a 16-year old girl, and her grandfather travel on a train through Albania hoping to emigrate abroad. On the train, Rudina falls in love with 25-year old Gjergi. Their flirtation leads them to become separated from Rudina’s grandfather and they suffer many hardships trying to reunite with him. Once they do, they discover a devastating secret that connects them to an earlier instance of migration, involving a young man who falls in love with a village girl while attempting to escape from Albania under Hoxha’s dictatorship. In both stories, migration is a seemingly unattainable goal, with the love between young people constituting the primary source of hope for social renewal.Shown during the 2008 SEE Fest Program