We gave carte blanche to filmmaker Syllas Tzoumerkas and he picked two favorite documentaries of his.
“In these two documentaries, very much unlike each other, the line between what is hysterically funny and truly dramatic about the human condition is blurred to a rarely seen degree. In Family Instinct by Andris Gauja, set in a lumpen Latvian village out in the middle of nowhere, the beautiful Zelda waits for her brother and father of her children to be released from prison. One by one she sends away her would be lovers, while at the same time trying to deal with social services and her mother. In La Deutsche Vita, Alessandro Cassigoli and Tania Masi’s box office hit, a series of Italian neoimmigrants who have been lost in translation try – in vain – to get by in snowy Berlin.”