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Fri, Feb 11, 2011
at 6:15 PM (B3)
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Sun, Feb 13, 2011
at 4:45 PM (WH)
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DIRECTOR: Aleksei Fedorchenko - RUSSIA

The rites and rituals of the Merja people, an ethnic minority in a former Finnish enclave that became part of Russia under Ivan the Terrible, form the backbone of this lyrical, dreamlike movie about love and loss. After his beloved wife Tanja dies, Miron, the head of a paper factory in the town of Myra, calls on his best friend, Aist, to aid him on a journey to take Tanja to her final ritual farewell. As their road trip unfolds, it becomes apparent that Aist and Tanja were once more than friends. Along the way, the Merja myths and traditions transform the film into a haunting fairy tale. “Based on a short story by Denis Osokin, this delicate film merges ethnology and fiction into an intoxicating mélange of visual poetry.”—Toronto Film Festival. (75 mins.)

Selected Filmography: First on the Moon (05), The Railway (07).


Interests: Narrative Feature.

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