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Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 14/02/2007

The Taviani brothers' film about the genocide of the Armenians

"Even the film's images of murder are controlled. It shows the bloodlust of the Turks not as sadistic excess but as a rigid, almost ceremonial butchery," Andreas Kilb comments on the film "La masseria delle allodole" ("The Lark Farm"). The film is about the genocide of the Armenians and is currently showing at the Berlinale. Kilb describes the film as "aesthetically flawed" but nonetheless important. "Up to now there has only been one film about the Armenians, Atom Egoyan's 'Ararat' from 2002, and even it takes a very indirect approach to the subject, portraying it as part of a large jigsaw puzzle about truth and lies from a historical and individual perspective. It's also significant that Paolo and Vittorio Taviani have recreated the events of 1915 in Bulgaria with funding from Italian, French and Spanish state television… The Tavianis' film will have a profound impact, if only because it fills in a gap in cinematic memory that has existed for over ninety years now."

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | 12/09/2006

The beautiful globalised world at Berlin's Literature Festival

Andreas Kilb praises the International Literature Festival currently taking place in Berlin: "Six years after its establishment the literature festival still has no programmatic objective, no formula that would make it eligible for funding. It has its special themes (this year it's francophone literature of Africa and the Caribbean), but it has no fixed categories or hierarchies. For critics who want to sort literature not just according to genres but also according to sales figures, … this confusion represents a considerable drawback, but in reality it's a blessing… Between two obligatory engagements you might find yourself listening to a reading by the wonderful Pico Iyer telling stories about encounters at airports, about jetlag and departure lounges, about the strange English spoken by Indians, or a burning house in California. Iyer, born in England to Indian parents, now lives in Japan and America, and his prose is as colourful as his life – a pastiche of places, pictures and perspectives. Edouard Glissant's hopes for the birth of new beauty in the global world take shape in Iyer's miniatures."

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