Industries & Festivals, REVIEWS: Docs / Other films — October 10, 2011 at 9:44 am

European movie festival in Baku + REVIEW: Kill Daddy Good Night (2009)

As I’ve reported earlier, on 6th of October, a European Movie Festival kicked off in Azerbaijani capital of Baku. The festival was set to go for a couple of days, and today (October 10th) is the last day.

Festival program included screening of 11 films (12 in fact, as two of those were short movies), from 12 European Union countries represented in Azerbaijan (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom and a joint endeavor from Greece and France).

I skipped the grand opening of the festival, and decided to attend one of the movies that screened on the 8th of October, a film by Austrian director Michael Glawogger (he was born in the same village as Arnie Schwarzenegger!), called “Kill Daddy Good Night”.

At first, these pricks at the cinema didn’t even want to sell me tickets, as I asked for 11 of those (since it was all free), and I was told, that they “only give 2 tickets to one man, per one movie”. So, I had to turn on my imagination, and got a few more people involved, and got the tickets after all.

Anyway, back to “”Kill Daddy Good Night”… Right before the screening, the director of the movie himself made a short speech, and presented the movie.

He was also available for questions from the viewers after the movie (I vanished quickly, so can’t comment on whether anyone went for a discussion with him or not.)

Had I made some research on this guy, I would have used the opportunity. Before he made “Kill Daddy…”, he did make a few really cool documentaries. Anyway, stupid me… So, back to the festival movie…

The film centers on relationships between children and their fathers.

To be more exact, stories and faiths of 3 families: a Jewish family destroyed by the German nazis in Lithuania during World War 2, a family of a culprit, who flew to U.S., and nowadays keeps grotesque family cohesion, and family of Ratz (a social democratic family), which miserably dissolves itself in today’s Vienna.

The point here is that no matter what kind of family you got, it’s very hard to escape your own past, especially if its dark.

I had a few difficulties understanding the movie, because European movies are different from what Hollywood usually feeds us. Aside from that, I felt that the public didn’t really appreciate it, because it wasn’t the right type of audience for this kind of movie. It was too hard, too serious.

Besides, I still vividly remember one moment in the film, where a woman undresses completely in front of the camera, and the whole audience went “holy sh*t”, as they weren’t expecting it.

None of the actors in the movie were familiar to me, yet they gave very solid performances, and one thing I loved in the film is the scenes where we see computer game characters get mixed in the real world, and it looks really cool (no crappy CGI here).

Anyway, I was somewhat disappointed, partially because of the film (for me, there wasn’t enough action), and partially because I haven’t been in the movie theater for the last 12 years(!), and felt really uncomfortable there. Too much distractions.

As for the movie itself, if you like serious dramas about human relationships, you can give this one a look. BZFILM SCALE: 4/10

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