A WHITE, WHITE DAY (Dir. Hynur Palmason Iceland 2220)

How does Iceland with a population of 364,000 manage to produce a stream of excellent films when the UK struggles to produce any (THE LAST TREE by Shola Amoo did show promise). A White, White Day will not to be everyone's taste - slow and deliberate - but this semi-thriller drama of a widower's psychological disintegration is superbly filmed and has a number of touches which suggest this a major talent. The follow-up to the brilliant Rams - a widow farmer takes on the local co-op mafia - is a slighter work but well-worth watching.


Two directors to watch out for...
Italian cinema has been in the doldrums for some time but Genovese is producing excellent popular films.