In “Listapad. Collections” there are two more popular films from the program of the 26th Minsk IFF – “Great Poetry” by Alexander Lungin and “Atlantics” by Mati Diop. The Dakar story of Romeo and Juliet “Atlantics” is the Grand Prix winner of the Cannes Jury. “Great Poetry” in the spirit of a Hollywood police action movie is a Kinotavr laureate. New voices of French and Russian cinema will be shown at “Falcon Club Cinema Boutique”.
“Atlantics” is the debut of Mati Diop in the feature film. In the popular suburbs of Dakar, workers on a futuristic tower building, having not been paid for months, decide to leave the country and cross the ocean in search of a better future. Among them is Suleiman, the lover of Ada, who was promised to another.
Film critic Anton Dolin on the mystical film Diop writes that “the socio-political drama flows into a burning love story, but does not stop there, suddenly turning out to be a detective story, and then, in the culmination, a mystical thriller of amazing power about ghosts.” At the Minsk IFF, the movie was presented in the out-of-competition program “5 mins to “Oscar”.
The film “Great Poetry” by Alexander Lungin tells us about two guys from the city of Zheleznodorozhny working as collectors. They are young, lonely, they have no one but each other. All their life they transport other people’s money. They dream, go to a poetry club in the house of culture and to cockfights in a local dormitory for migrant workers. Attempts to find a poetic mood in the prosaic world surrounding them lead the heroes to the conclusion that the only truly poetic action is a bank robbery.
The crime drama with the star of the new Russian cinema Alexander Kuznetsov was awarded the prize for best direction and best male role in the Kinotavr, prize for best direction and NETPAC jury awards at the Pacific Meridian Film Festival and awards for the best male role of Sakhalin International Film Festival “On the Edge”.
“Great poetry” is not only a cultural cinema, requiring some skill from the viewer, but is also quite comprehensible. The characters are recognizable,” notes the “Seance” newsreel.
“Atlantics” and “Great Poetry” will be shown at the “Falcon Club Cinema Boutique” from November 28 to December 11.