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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements


2018, Milko Lazarov, Bulgaria, 93 min.
With Mikhail Aprosimov, Feodosia Ivanova

Show Times

  • Fri, Sep 13th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Sep 13th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Sep 14th 3:00pm
  • Sun, Sep 15th 4:45pm
  • Mon, Sep 16th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Sep 17th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Sep 18th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Sep 19th 8:15pm
First Chicago run!

"An exquisitely shot and very moving film."—Demetrios Matheou, Screen International

"A winning combination of the cozily intimate and the sublimely epic."—Neil Young, Hollywood Reporter

The declining years of an aging Yakut couple are measured against a backdrop of encroaching environmental devastation in this stunningly photographed drama filmed in the far northern Russian republic of Sakha. Nanook and his wife Sedna live a spartan, self-sufficient existence amid a seemingly unpopulated expanse of ice and snow. The man's name pointedly evokes Robert Flaherty's 1922 classic NANOOK OF THE NORTH, but Milko Lazarov's film emphasizes the fragility of the way of life that Flaherty sought to preserve on celluloid. Spring is coming earlier each year, the reindeer are disappearing, and jet trails streak the sky. Nanook is losing his memory, and Sedna's health is on the wane. The couple are also troubled by the acrimonious departure of their daughter Ága, whom they have lost contact with. A search for the lost daughter provides the framework for the film's last act, which moves from intimate tragedy to a vast apocalyptic vision. In Yakut with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

Producer Veselka Kiryakova will introduce the screening on Friday, September 13 at 6:00pm and be available for an informal Q&A in our Cafe/lobby area following the screening.

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