Saturday, August 23, 2008

Absurdistan

DE / AZ (c) Veit Helmer Filmproduktion. [2008]. D: Veit Helmer. SC: Veit Helmer, Zaza Buadze, Gordan Mihic, Ahmet Golbol. DP: Giorgi Beridze - 35mm - 1:1,85 - print from Babelsberg Kopierwerk. M: Shigeru Umebayashi. LOC: Azerbaidzhan, Georgia. Starring Kristyna Malérová (Aya), Max Mauff (Temelko). In Russian. In the presence of Kristyna Malérová and Max Mauff. A Beta Cinema print with English subtitles viewed at Espoo Ciné, Méliès d'Argent series, Tapiolasali, Espoo, 22 August 2008. - This print was oddly bleak, although the the subject would have required at least a normal colour vibrancy or even intensive colour. - Following Timo Kuismin's catalogue text: Veit Helmer returns to Tuvalu's silent film ambience with liberal helpings of magical realism and Kusturica-style dressings. Absurdistan is a fictive no-man's-land somewhere between the new states that emerged from the collapse of the Soviet Union. There is only one village, whose women start a sex strike because its work-shy lazybones cannot get the only water pipeline repaired. The war of the sexes divides the village into two. - Keywords to the style include naivism, tableau style, and a fuga structure (theme and variations). - Visual humour, rich comical inventions and a funny soundtrack, accented by horn sounds.

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