The Heart of the Wise Lives in the House of Sorrow
Srce je mudrih u kuci zalosti
2009, Marin Malesevic
successful jaunt with a film that came strongly recommended, I'm going to take us deep into the backwoods of uncertainty with something no one's
seen – a low-budget Serbian film that made the (more obscure) festival rounds, without a single English-language review online. From what I can tell, it's a surreal satire about a philosophy student who takes a job as a gravedigger while suffering an existential crisis. I did find (on multiple sites) a badly translated note purporting to be from the director, part of which I've edited into coherence here, free of charge:
The film is a very free adaptation of two old testament stories (about Jonah and Jacob). I was interested to see how the biblical element would adapt to contemporary Serbian society. So, for me, it was an experiment, lyrical and epic at the same time, about some deep and maybe irrational emotions for which Serbia is fertile ground.
Not sure I'm really selling this one, haha. But, it caught my eye, and I can personally vouch for the offbeat humor of the first couple of minutes. Hopefully, these screencaps will help:
That second link is "featured/freeleech," by the way. But, if anyone still needs another way to get this, let me know and I'll try to find some way to help (though it's too large for my Dropbox account). We have plenty of time to watch The Heart of the Wise
; discussion is Saturday, March 22
Rules of the Corrie Class Trip
▪ As host, pick a film you haven't seen and that you don't think many others on the forum have seen. (Check Trends if you're unsure.) It's a good idea to prioritise films from directors whose work you haven't seen before. Make sure it'll interest people!
▪ Announce it in a new thread (usually on a weekend) and accept sign-ups. People should have at least a week to see the film and post an in-depth reaction.
▪ After the discussion, randomly choose someone from the pool of responders to host the next Trip. The new host has up to a week to choose a film and start the next Corrie Class Trip thread.
Previous Trips, Edition 2.0
#1 - The Worthless (Mika Kaurismäki) // snapper
#2 - Shopping for Fangs (Quentin Lee and Justin Lin) // takeshi