A film review I wrote for BUKISA

Davai, davai!

Just finished with this…

It is really not something we’d never seen before,

a rather nihilistic point of view about modern society and its rules.

A film about early lost childhood and broken Barbie dolls.

A small teenage tragedy about young Katya (mostly) and her girlish company…

Russian teenage angst that comes out of the blue as a cheap joke, proving that everything starts behind shut houses’ doors.

You can find out how important a school disco can be for such youngsters that eventually decide to break the common rules and customs.

Small personal revolutions that seem so entirely big…

What really impresses here, is the director herself!

25 years old Valeriya Gai Germanika, copies von Trier’s filming technique (handheld camera) and makes you wonder whether you’re watching Russian cinema or something that just popped out of Dogme95!!!

Surely adds a great amount of realism like that.

Also photography looks pretty nice…!

Although typical, the story is interesting and can keep you till the end, an end where finally the usual all time classic questions about feelings, frienship or betrayal meet.

You can start wondering about what if “this” or “that” and make plot alterations.

Makes you think of your adolescense and past as well.

Makes you wonder if you are (or will be) a truly good parent.

And yes, once again, those are common people like me and you…

But really, if everything is devoured by darkness here, we can still see a light beam in the end.

P.S yes I agree, Nastya is a virago bitch! 🙂


Memories come back in 2004.

Produced in Greece but promoted so poorly, pity…

Yes, stupidity has no limits!

… And no opponents as well!

A fir tree has been found growing inside a man’s lung by surgeons who were operating on him for suspected cancer.

The tree, measuring 5cm, was discovered by Russian doctors when they opened up Artyom Sidorkin, 28, to remove what they thought was a tumour.

An Xray that apparently shows a fir tree growing inside a 28-year-old man’s lung. Doctors initially believed it was a tumor!

Medical staff believe that Mr Sidorkin somehow inhaled a seed, which later sprouted into a small fir tree inside his lung.

The patient had complained of extreme pain in his chest and had been coughing up blood. Doctors were convinced he had cancer.

‘We were 100 per cent sure,’ said surgeon Vladimir Kamashev from Izhevsk in the Urals. ‘We did X-rays and found what looked exactly like a tumour. I had seen hundreds before, so we decided on surgery.’

‘So relieved it’s not cancer’: Left, Artyom Sidorkin, who apparently had a fir tree growing in his lung. Right, doctors display the fir tree.

‘So relieved it’s not cancer’: Left, Artyom Sidorkin, who apparently had a fir tree growing in his lung. Right, doctors display the fir tree

Before removing the major part of the man’s lung, the surgeon investigated the tissue taken in a biopsy.

‘I thought I was hallucinating,’ said Dr Kamashev. ‘I asked my assistant to have a look: “Come and see this – we’ve got a fir tree here”.

‘He nodded in shock. I blinked three times as I was sure I was seeing things.’

They believed the coughing of blood was caused by the tiny pine needles piercing blood capillaries. ‘It was very painful. But to be honest I did not feel any foreign object inside me,’ said Mr Sidorkin. ‘I’m so relieved it’s not cancer.’

The report appeared in popular tabloid Komsomolskaya Gazeta, and was picked up by Russian news service Novosti.

Every year, millions of animals are killed for the clothing industry. Whether they come from Chinese fur farms, Indian slaughterhouses, or the Australian outback, an immeasurable amount of suffering goes into every fur-trimmed jacket, leather belt, and wool sweater.

Gaza strip isolation.