Saturday, 8 May 2010

Nikolai Khomeriki:Tale in the Darkness - Сказка про темноту (2009)

Director: Nikolai Khomeriki
Writers: Aleksandr Rodionov, Nikolai Khomeriki
Starring: Alisa Khazanova, Boris Kamorzin, Yuri Safarov, Larisa Belobrova,
Aleksandr Doluda

Film "Tale of darkness" - Participant of the program "Un Certain Regard" 62th Cannes International Film Festival 2009
Best Actor (Boris Kamorzin) Kinotavr 2009
Film-party program "Cinema Russia» Pacific Meridian 2009

Premiering at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2009, Tale in the Darkness had its Russian debut at Kinotavr, where Boris Kamorzin won Best Actor for the role of Dymich. Later that year it competed for the Grand Prize at the “Sputnik over Poland” Festival of Russian Cinema in Warsaw. Nikolai Khomeriki calls his films neformatnye (inconsistent with traditional genre formats) and Tale in the Darkness is a good example. As its title suggests, Tale relies on fairytale elements and characteristics, albeit in desolate, post-Soviet form. In many ways, Khomeriki’s second full-length film is an optimistic response to the chernukha tradition with which it is so often compared. Despite the film’s visual bleakness, it turns around the axes of love, hope, and language. These elements appear in inverted or disguised form, however, complicating an otherwise straightforward quest for love and family.

A Tale in the Darkness reviewed by Christina Stojanova
Tale in the Darkness is Nikolai Khomeriki’s second feature film, following his debut 977, which was shown in the “Certain Regard” program at Cannes IFF in 2006. The film subsequently received the “Golden Boat” award in Vyborg (“Window on Europe”) and the Yul Brunner Prize in Vladivostok, as well as a Special Jury Prize in Angers. A graduate from Moscow State University and from the Higher Courses for Scriptwriters and Directors, Khomeriki studied at the National Film School “La FEMIS” in France from 2001-2005, he also worked as assistant for Philippe Garrel on Regular Lovers (Les Amants Réguliers, 2005 ) and for Leos Carax on Scars, 2006. This French connection would seem to have also helped his new film to be selected once again for the “Certain Regard” in 2009.

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