Revenge (Месть; Mest) (1989) | Asian Restored Classics 2019

  • September 7, 2019 | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Saturday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Director: Ermek Shinarbaev
Runtime: 99 minutes
Country: Kazakhstan
Language: Russian with English subtitles
Rating: PG (Some disturbing scenes)
Restored Version

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.