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VIFF review: The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear.

2.5 out of 4 stars

The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear
Directed by
Tinatin Gurchiani

Following the lead of Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's 1995 film-audition documentary, Hello Cinema, Georgian director Tinatin Gurchiani uses the guise of a movie audition to tap into the hopes of her young countrymen and women. The camera follows the subjects into their lives in melancholic, poetic vignettes. The interview subjects' self-deprecating humour provides warmth, but the prevailing stories of the Abkhazian war, family separations and personal disappointments leave the impression that Georgia's leading industry is the battle against depression.

At VIFF: Oct. 7, 4:45 pm, Vancity; Oct. 11, 8:45 pm, Vancity

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