Circles

Directed by Srdan Golubović (2013) Set during and after the 1992-95 Bosnian war, Srdan Golubović’s Circles (Krugovi) examines the long-term impact of a single act of decency amidst the inhumanity of ethnic violence. Based on a true story, Circles comes across as a sincere effort to grapple with questions of responsibility and justice in the … Continue reading Circles

Jîn

Directed by Reha Erdem (2013) Reha Erdem’s Jîn portrays a teenage girl’s determined efforts to escape the relentless violence of the three-decade conflict between the Turkish government and Kurdish separatist fighters. Set primarily in the unsettled, mountainous wilderness, the film features very little dialogue, forcing viewers to actively interpret images and circumstances as they attempt … Continue reading Jîn

Mozart & Bruckner

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra Conducted by Stanisław Skrowaczewski Thursday’s performance at The O’Shaughnessy auditorium in Saint Paul was the first time the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have played a full-scale concert since Feb. 1st. Like previous concerts put on by the musicians during their seven-month lockout, this one was played before a supportive … Continue reading Mozart & Bruckner

Modest Reception

Directed by Mani Haghighi (2012) Modest Reception (Paziraie sadeh), the latest film by Iranian director Mani Haghighi, is a provocative piece of work that starts out in the realm of dark comedy and progresses in a more serious direction without losing its absurdist edge. Set amidst expansive, desolate scenery and bookended with bursts of experimental … Continue reading Modest Reception

In the Fog

Directed by Sergei Loznitsa (2012) In the Fog (V tumane), the second narrative feature by Sergei Loznitsa, previously known for his documentary work, is a slow, atmospheric meditation on the actions of ordinary people under extreme circumstances. Based on a novel by Vasil Bykov, the film portrays events in a rural area of occupied Belarus … Continue reading In the Fog

Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Minnesota Orchestra Conducted by Osmo Vänskä The Minnesota Orchestra and Osmo Vänskä received much acclaim for their recent recording of Jean Sibelius’s second and fifth symphonies, which are among the composer’s most popular works. For their second Sibelius recording, the orchestra and Vänskä have taken on the less familiar first and fourth symphonies, turning out … Continue reading Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 1 & 4

Sister

Directed by Ursula Meier (2012) Director Ursula Meier’s last film, Home, was a bit of a farce and a bit of a horror movie about a family whose front yard was suddenly replaced by a freeway. With Sister (L’enfant d’en haut), Meier makes a move in the direction of the Dardenne brothers’ aestheticized social realism while … Continue reading Sister