PÖFF: Absurdistan and Hamam

Posted: December 1st, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: films | No Comments »

The time has come again for the Pimedate Ööde Filmifestival (Black Nights Film Festival). This year’s programme is bigger than ever with hundreds of films and related events happening in five bigger Estonian cities. I have picked quite randomly six films for which I have bought tickets in advance, the first two of which I saw today.

Absurdistan is a tale about a small forgotten village in which problems start brewing when the local water pipeline breaks and the happenings that take place after that. It is a very humanistic comedy, and it leaps into the realm of absurd in order to make the points. It is beautifully and very artistically shot, I liked the style of it. I gave it 4 stars in the SMS vote.

Hamam (The Turkish Bath) is a touching film about relationships, but also about issues within postmodern life, family, tradition, David vs Goliath. It is multilayered, but it never gets too strong with pathos, instead it slowly eases the viewer into the scene. I liked the movie exactly because so many themes had been fit into one movie.

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