Director: Ermek Shinarbaev
Runtime: 99 minutes
Language: Russian with English subtitles
Rating: PG (Some disturbing scenes)
7 Sep, Saturday – 4PM
An exploration of evil infused with poetry and philosophy, this founding work of the Kazah New Wave is a haunting allegorical tale of obsession and violence. Spanning decades, the film centers on Sungu, who is raised by his parents solely to avenge the death of a half-sister he had never met. Revenge was the first Soviet production to examine the Korean diaspora in Central Asia, brought about by Stalin’s forced displacement of over a million Koreans in the Russian Far East. Combining luminous photogrphy with inventive narrative techniques, the film is a unique meditation on the way trauma is passed down through generations.