Thursday, 2 September 2010

Aleksei Mizgirev: Buben, Baraban - Бубен, Барабан (2009)

Buben, Baraban (literally: Tambourine, Drum), Russia 2009
Color, 100 min.
Scriptwriter and Director Aleksei Mizgirev
Director of Photography Vadim Deev
Production Design Denis Shibanov
Cast: Natal’ia Negoda, Dmitri Kulichkov, Elena Liadova, Sergei Neudachin, Liubomiras Lauciavicius, Aleksandr Oblasov
Producers Ruben Dishdishian, Aram Movsesian, Iurii Moroz, Sergei Danielian
Production “Ithaca-Film”, commissioned by Central Partnership
Distribution Central Partnership



The film’s title, Buben, Baraban, appears in the top corner of the frame in a blood-red rectangle while the credits pulsate in an even deeper red box at the bottom of the frame— like venous blood in its different colors. The red color is reminiscent of the color of the Soviet flag—symbolizing, incidentally, the blood spilled for the country. The sound of a mint can be heard; to the sound of the drum the pioneers’ once formed a line; a tambourine accompanied on the stage the various national dances from the former Caucasus and of the Asian peoples of the Soviet Union... The rest of the credits roll on dark frames, anticipating the gloomy landscapes or the few dimly lit interiors of the library, the hostel, the stairwells or the clinic that are to follow. Everything in the film is sad and gloomy: from the cracking and collapsing houses with their once solid balconies to downtrodden footpaths covered with bits of asphalt; from the collieries to a bus painted in bright green like a grasshopper... The bright, distinct dots of color are used with precision, especially in the final frame; they all serve to emphasize the strict asceticism of the image that corresponds to the entire concept of Mizgirev’s film.
reviewed by Ol'ga Surkova © 2009

Awards :
2009 . - Special Jury Diploma ORFF Kinotavr( Alex Mizgir ).
2009 . - Special Jury Prize at the Festival International Film Festival in Locarno (Alexei Mizgir ) .
2009 . - Best director at the Locarno IFF (Alexei Mizgir ).
2009 . - Best director IFF Eastern European cinema in Cottbus ( Alexei Mizgir with Zvonimir Juric and Goran Devic for the film " Black ") .
2009 . - Diploma of the Jury for humanism in the ICF Eastern European Cinema in Cottbus ( Alexei Mizgir ) .
2009 . - National Award and Film Critics ' White Elephant for best screenplay (Alexei Mizgir ) .
2009 . - National Award and Film Critics ' White Elephant for Best Actress (Natalia Negoda ) .
2010. - Prize "Golden Eagle " for Best Actress in film (Natalia Negoda ) .

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