10 Mar 2018

Angels of Revolution (Aleksey Fedorchenko, 2014)

☼☼☼☼☼☼☼☼(☼) out of 10☼

Inspired by the events surrounding the Kazym Rebellion against the Sovietization in the 30s of the last century, Fedorchenko blends absurd comedy, meta-fiction, surreal satire and historical facts with a keen sense of irony and even keener sense of framing (kudos to DP Shandor Berekshi) in a tightly directed, beautifully acted and weird-as-angels-peeling-potatoes-in-a-living-room film which feels like Sergei Parajanov (or rather, Lech Majewski) meets Sergei Eisenstein, Rustam Khamdamov and Roy Andersson on The Medusa Raft by Karpo Aćimović-Godina, and teaches us that avant-garde art should not battle, but wholeheartedly embrace mysticism, opposing tried and tired formulas.

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