Christian Lüffe, a German film critic discusses Dito Tsintsadze’s “Invasion”
Festival in Media
2013-04-29

Dito Tsintsadze, a Georgian filmmaker has been living and working in Germany for 20 years now, however, his films made in Germany are traditionally premiered at Tbilisi International Film Festival. In 2000 he received the silver Prometheus as the best director for his "Lost Killers" and in 2003, the San Sebastián Film Festival grand-prize winner "Gun-shy" was awarded with the golden Prometheus for the best film. The Director appeared as the festivals member of Jury in 2005, and in 2006 Tbilisi International film festival closed with his "The Man from the Embassy" (Der Mann Von Der Botschaft).
In 2012, the 13th Tbilisi International Film Festival kept the tradition and closed with his new work "Invasion." This Austrian-German co-production has won a Jury's special grand-prize at the World Film Festival in Montreal and was later invited to the Saint Petersburg International Film festival's competition program, where Merab Ninidze received the golden angel for his leading role. From January, 2013 "Invasion" came out in European countries and was introduced to the audience in Berlin a short while ago. A German film critic and Goethe-Institute's cinema expert, Christian Lüffe, discussed the film in his recent article; please find the fragments from this letter bellow:

„Invasion": Josef und die Störenfriede

By Christian Lüffe, Goethe Institute cinema expert
March 30, 2013
In recent months, German film has brought forth a few disappointments. Dito Tsintsadze's Invasion is definitely not one of them. The aggressive psychodrama is unsettling, but convincing.
Although the Georgian director Dito Tsintsadze, who lives in Berlin, has already received numerous international awards for his work, including the Concha de Oro in San Sebastian for his German-produced film Gun Shy, he is only familiar here to die-hard cineaste.
Tsintsadze's latest film Invasion again reveals his vital, independent trademark, which raises him above the sadly not-always-convincing German output of the 2012-2013 film season
To interpret the film as a "satirical parable" of petit bourgeois German xenophobia towards eastern immigrants, as some critics do, misses the mark entirely.
The underlying tone of the film is far too menacing for that, the brutal battles of the characters for their respective positions and claims to power are far too real. This underlying tone is not only underscored by an excellent soundtrack, but also by the outdoor shots of the grey autumnal landscape, often filmed with a hand-held camera. The work of the actors is also impressive, in particular the two antagonists Burghart Klaußner and Merab Ninidze, behind whose affected affability a cold aggression is always palpable.

The full text is available here.

 

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