Screening

Wild Field

2 Dec 2009

Event times

at 7.15pm

Cost of entry

£7.00, conc. £5.00, FREE for Friends of Pushkin House

Pushkin House

London, United Kingdom

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Travel Information

  • Tube: Holborn, Tottenham Court Road and Russell Square

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Wild Field

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In association with Kino Kino!
Language: In Russian with English subtitles

Forsaken people and strange goings-on populate the barren Kazakh steppe in Mikhail Kalatozishvili's acclaimed new film. Mitya, a thoughtful and handsome young doctor, works from a remote outpost amid beautiful desolation, tending to the locals by improvising with rocks, herbs, and whatever else handily augments his meager medical supplies. Through Mitya¹s detached perspective, we come to know a crude, hardscrabble community beset by simmering feuds, hobbled dreams, and spiritual despondence.
Kalatozishvili - grandson of master filmmaker Mikhail Kalatozov, the only Russian director to ever win at the Cannes Film Festival - succeeds in depicting a barely habitable and brutally isolated world, pockmarked by absurdity and ameliorated only by companionship. For Mitya, the wilderness of the steppe holds a lurking sense of existential dread that gradually emerges as a palpable force that he must face. Brilliant cinematography captures the harsh beauty of the landscape, while a host of outstanding performances build a complex picture of the post-Soviet psyche. Wild Field is one of the most important and absorbing releases from contemporary Russian cinema and should not be missed.

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