Film Season 2018

Wednesday, 28 March, 18:30, Barbican Centre

How Viktor ‘The Garlic’ Took Alexey ‘The Stud’ to the Nursing Home
Russia, 2017
dir. Alexander Hunt
UK Premiere + ScreenTalk 

This charismatic prize-winning debut feature evokes the aesthetics of early Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) and Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting, as it takes us on a journey through a failed parenthood that hopelessly duplicates from one generation to another.

‘The Garlic‘ is an angry young man, tentatively reconciled with ‘The Stud’ – his long absent ex-convict father. Together they embark on a road journey which should bring a brighter future for both: nursing home for the older and inherited apartment for the younger. Dark as the most lovable lowlifes, this film manages to bring out the most important – humanity. It turns loathing into acceptance and the vicious circle of perennial misery to a possibility. Thewicked charisma of this film shines through its characters – humble and funny, yet determined to change for better. Throbbing beats of Russian rap mixed with bright colours, canted angles, and deadpan humour create an ironic commentary and give a caustic snapshot of contemporary Russia.


Monday, 12 March, 18:30, HOME Manchester


Bulgaria/Romania, 2014
dir. Maya Vitkova
Film Screening + Introduction/ Manchester Premiere

Dreaming of the west, Boryana is determined not to have a child in communist Bulgaria. Her desire is thwarted however by the birth of her daughter Viktoria, who resolutely and determinedly enters the world in 1979. Born without an umbilical cord, Viktoria’s relationship with her mother is severed before it even begins, even as she is declared ‘Baby of the Decade’ and hailed as a living symbol of the Communist party. The debut feature film by Bulgarian director Maya Vitkova, Viktoria is a darkly comic absurdist epic that plays out against a highly fragile and unstable background, as both familial and political terrain shift under the characters’ feet. As the film follows the young Viktoria from birth to adulthood, simultaneously taking in the fall of communism and the birth of a new socio-political space, it forges a powerful metaphorical link between the physical body and the body politic.

Wednesday, 25 April, 18:30, Barbican Centre

Night Accident
Kyrgyzstan, 2017
dir. Temirbek Birnazarov
UK Premiere + ScreenTalk

Based on the book ‘The Old Man and the Angel’ by Kyrgyz writer and publicist Talip Ibragimov, Night Accident faithfully conveys Ibragimov’s distinct style. Rich in observations and metaphors reflecting on the local reality, the film immerses us into the daily routine of rural Kyrgyzstan. Having passed retirement age, economic instability forces Tenti to hard and undignified labour, accompanied by constant abuse from the old man’s boss.  After another tough day at work, he gets into a road accident, hitting a young woman with his car. After realising that she’s wounded, Tenti takes her home in order to nurse her. Unfolding themes of loneliness and alienation, the lonely old man falls in love with the strange and silent young woman. A masterpiece of pacing and revelation, Night Accident is a sad, charming and graceful portrait of two lonely hearts in an unexpected encounter.