Spare Parts - The Film of the Week in London

14. March 2004
The cinema distribution of the film in Great Britain has begun — Outstanding reviews by the British film critics— The Slovenian film "Spare Parts" by the director Damjan Kozole reaps one success after another. After this film had been shown in Britain at the prestigious Edinburgh Film Festival in August last year and at the Dublin Film Festival in February this year, the regular distribution of the film in the British cinemas started on Friday, 12 March. The film was first shown in the The Others Cinema in London and in the Film House cinema in Edinburgh. This is the first Slovenian film to be shown in the regular cinema distribution in Great Britain. London is packed with cultural events, so it is very hard to arouse the media interest there; however, the film has received extraordinary attention and excellent reviews by the most renowned British film critics. In The Guardian (a daily newspaper) the critic Peter Bradshaw, one of the biggest authorities among the film critics in Great Britain, wrote that Spare Parts is "one of the strongest and the most provocative films of the year" and gave it all five stars, which is an extraordinary and a very rare evaluation. The critic also meticulously analyzes the development of the protagonist, who "reveals himself in his complexity and despite of his negative role becomes more and more human and likeable". The critic concludes that this is a remarkable film. The Times (a daily newspaper) placed the film among the cultural peaks of the week (in the column "Peak of the Week"); their respected critic Wendy Ide gave the film four stars and wrote that it is a /i>"powerful drama" and an "excellent" film. Evening Standard (a daily newspaper) proclaimed Spare Parts the film of the week and dedicated a whole page to it, while the review was written by Will Self, one of the most influential British writers; he especially focused on the acting of the both protagonists, which is "so convincing that the film is like a documentary", and on the camera, which creates "an especially claustrophobic atmosphere"; he concluded that "this is a film, which does not moralize or offer cheap messages - if anything, it offers us a rough but real realization that the lives of some people are worth more than the lives of others". Daily Telegraph (a daily newspaper) writes that this is an extraordinarily "strong, soul-stirring portrait of Europe, such as we scarcely see today". In The Observer (the Sunday edition of Guardian) the critic Philip French dedicated the most space to Spare Parts, which was one of the eight film presented in the British newspapers this week; he wrote that Spare Parts is "not sentimental and not judging". The Time Out magazine wrote that the "film's narration is exactly the same as reality", while the Uncut magazine, dedicated to film and music, wrote that the film was "genuinely affecting". In the film magazines Total Film and Empire Spare Parts received four stars. One of the most important film theory magazines in the world, Sight And Sound, is going to dedicate a lot of space to the film in its next issue. The British distributor Soda Pictures expects that after these excellent reviews the film should have a lot of audience. After qualifying for the competition section of the Berlin Film Festival, numerous awards, more than forty international festivals and good sales, this film is the new big success for the director Damjan Kozole, his Spare Parts and the producer Emotionfilm. More information at: