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The Asthenic Syndrome

Kira Muratova 1989 USSR Fiction b/w & color 153min Russian DCP
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10/17 16:20 Spot Huasan A One PG15
10/20 13:30 Spot Huasan A One PG15
10/23 18:50 Spot Huasan A One PG15
★ 1990 Berlin International Film Festival, the Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize

As Muratova's most celebrated epic, the film has brought her international acclaim and been recognized as one of the most original masterpieces out of the Soviet Union. The Asthenic Syndrome not only embodies a magnificent fresco and apocalypse on the eve of USSR’s collapse, but is also a clinically precise diagnosis of Russian society during the perestroika years. With polyphonic elements and absurdist tableaus, the film stuns the viewer with shock therapy.


Kira Muratova

Kira Muratova (1934–2018), one of the most significant and original voices of Soviet and Ukrainian cinema, has been remembered as a fearless filmmaker who dares to poke at open wounds of history and humanity. Of all the (post-)Soviet auteurs, Kira Muratova was arguably the most variable, controversial and sardonic. Right from the start of Muratova’s career as a director in 1961, she was an irritant to the regime. Her idiosyncratic films, frequently featuring unconventional women protagonists, transgressive theatricality, and inventive formal experiment, were severely censored and suppressed during the Soviet era, yet drew belated recognition during perestroika and after as political tides shifted. Later often hailed as the master of absurdism, Muratova excels at turning the vulgar into poetry, using waste as a decorative ornament, integrating the criminal into the everyday, and thereby providing an authentically radical view of human condition. Until her passing in 2018, she has made 22 films over the course of six decades.

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