Sunday, July 8, 2:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Redstone Theater
Dir. Aleksei Balabanov. 2012, 83 mins. DCP. In Russian with English subtitles. With Aleksandr Mosin, Oleg Garkusha, Yuriy Matveev, Alisa Shitikova, Aleksey Balabanov. Alexey Balabanov (Brother, Of Freaks and Men) capped off one of post-Soviet Russia’s most accomplished directorial careers with this frostbitten comic masterwork. In an irreverent reworking of Andrei Tarkovsky’s unimpeachable classic Stalker, the film follows a murder-happy mobster, an alcoholic, and a down-on-his-luck rock musician (Oleg Garkusha, of winningly bizarre Petersburg prog outfit Auktyon) as they venture—in a Range Rover, no less—from the steamy comfort of the banya to the “magical bell tower,” where their problems may or may not be solved forever. This funny, moving meditation on societal dysfunction and squandered lives is an apt farewell, culminating in a cameo for the ages by Balabanov himself, who died of a heart attack less than a year after the film’s release.
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