Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Bakur Bakuradze. 2008, 100 mins. 35mm. In Russian with English subtitles. With Gela Chitava, Ruslan Grebyonkin, Lyubov Firsova. One of 21st-century Russia’s most exquisitely beguiling art movies follows Lyosha Shultes, a stoic former runner turned petty thief after a disastrous injury, as he prowls the margins of Moscow’s metropolitan sprawl. Directed with a precision reminiscent of Robert Bresson, Bakuradze’s film gradually reveals itself to be something as peculiar and indeterminate as its protagonist, whose memory may be less than wholly reliable. Relentlessly close-to-the-ground, Shultes captures the disorientation and melancholy of urban Russian life with exceptional fidelity.
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