Savrseni krug 1997
1h 50min | Drama, War | 10 September 1997 (France)
An alcoholic Bosnian poet sends his wife and daughter away from Sarajevo so they can avoid the troubles there. However, he is soon descended upon by a pair of orphaned brothers. The brothers have escaped a massacre in their own village and have come to the Bosnian capital in search of a long lost Aunt. The poet befriends the boys and together they try to survive the horror of the siege of Sarajevo.
In the Realm of the Senses 1976
Ai no korîda (original title)
18 | 1h 49min | Biography, Drama, Horror | February 1976 (West Germany)
Based on a true story set in pre-war Japan, a man and one of his servants begin a torrid affair. Their desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardor, they forsake all, even life itself.
About life in Tbilisi children in prewar and war years. Mika sees off his father to the front and it remains in the family in charge. On his shoulders lie care of his mother and younger brother. Mick and his friends spread letters to soldiers, to help families of the victims. Old noisy courtyard with many inhabitants – their home.
1h 15min | Drama | 5 March 1997 (France)
I’ve seen all three of Omirbaev’s movies, and this was my first, a beautiful, delicately poetic movie about a young boy with a weak heart sent to a sanitorium in Kazakhstan, during the Soviet era. The movie is a good, nicely drawn portrait of the drabness of the Soviet years, of being poor (and Asian) in the flattest countryside imaginable, and of the crushing monotony of a state-run institution. It’s a poetically precise movie with subtle injections of humor and strikingly beautiful imagery (Omirbaev has an exquisite eye), a carefully drawn story of sexual awakening and an affirmation of the power of art. Like every other Kazakh film I’ve seen, KARDIOGRAMMA was shot on a pretty unstable color stock, but it gives the movie a very interesting look. And the performance by the boy who plays the lead is very good.