OFFICIAL SELECTION / INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION   FIDMARSEILLE 2013

world premiere

   

LIFE SPAN OF THE OBJECT IN FRAME
CHAS ZHYTTYA OBJECTA V  KADRI

 


Aleksandr BALAGURA

 

 

UKRAINE/ITALY
2012
Colour and B&W
HD
111’

Original version
Russian, italian
Subtitles
English
Image
Volodymyr Guievskyi
Sound
Borys Peter
Editing
Aleksandr Balagura
Casting
Polina Golovko, Anastasiya Kyreieva, Alla Samoylenko, Efim Gofman, Mykola Papelokha, Aleksandr Babak, Aleksandr Chehmeniov, Massimo Sanelli, Marko Nikodemo, Karl Ditrih Buhler, Milena Dombrovskaya, Davida Marino

Production and distribution
Inspiration Films

Filmography
– LOLI KALI SHUBA, 2013
– WINGS OF A BUTTERFLY, 2008
– PAUSE ITALIANA, 2003
– ANTOLOGION,1996
– TO OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS, 1990

“Choosing photography as material and memory as guide, we inevitably find ourselves in a labyrinth, one our own memory and that of others produces” warns Alexandr Balagura. And he adds: “seeking to escape this labyrinth, we become material in our own rights”. The warning is clear: the film claims responsibility for its winding nature. Nothing here is taken for granted: neither images, nor their far-reaching provenance. In a continual back and forth between theoretical meditation and dazzling visual intensity, between sensuality and mise-en-abyme, between the film and its exacting poetic art, Balagura takes us for a stroll, not because he has a penchant for sophistication, but because of a willingness to never loose anything as an image passes through. Thus in a slightly slowed, luxurious celebration, we are invited to meet up with an angel at sumptuous odds and ends, Dante, Brejnev, a Viennese scholar, the filmmaker in person along with his collaborators, Muybridge’s sequences, the photograph of a sleepy youth in a Russian market. But while this labyrinth is woven with images, it is not merely a question of contemplation, creative act, or a film in the process of thinking and making itself. Recent History of the ex-Soviet Union progressively springs up like a continual bass, which, little by little, swells, affirms and offers itself up as Ariadne’s thread.

Jean-Pierre Rehm & Nicolas Féodoroff

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