Friday, October 1, 2010

Boris Khlebnikov - Koktebel (Коктебель) AKA Roads to Koktebel (2003)

KOKTEBEL is the award winning first feature by two Russian film makers, Boris Khlebnikov and Alexei Popogrebsky. They are part of the Russian New Wave of young directors and their script won the European Pitch Point Event in Berlin in 2001. At the Moscow Film Festival in 2003 the completed film won the Grand Prize as well as the FIPRESCI Award and at the Karlovy Vary festival it won the Phillip Morris Prize.

The film was shown in Toronto, Pusan, Palm Springs, Berlin (Forum) and Sofia, as well as Cannes, where it showed as FIPRESCI REVELATION OF THE YEAR 2003 in the Critic's Week, chosen as 'best of the best'; among the young filmmakers for 'its depth and variation of characters, its rich humour, its subtle interweaving of spirituality, its clever script and its mature classical direction.'

After his wife's death and the loss of his job, an aerodynamics engineer sets off from Moscow with his 11 year old son for his sister's house in Koktebel by the Black Sea. With no money nor means of transport, they drift through the expansive and mesmeric landscapes at the mercy of chance. The father is content to drag his feet, stopping occasionally for the odd job to raise money while the son impatiently dreams of reaching the costal resort to see gliders fly in the wind. For the father, the journey is an attempt to restore self-respect, to piece together his broken life and win back the trust of his son. For the boy, the mythic costal town holds the key to a new life and emancipation.

Russian (with English subtitles)
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