(aka "Roads to Koktebel" )

 

directed by Boris Khlebnikov and Alexei Popgrebsky
Russia 2003

 

A father and his son travels thru Russia as vagabonds with no money, to the fathers sister in Koktebel, in hope of beginning a new life. The death of his wife made him take up drinking, which eventually made him lose his job and finally their appartment.

Attempting to regain his self-respect and the love from his son, the father fails, first falls back on the bottle, then in love with a woman, which causes the son to leave for the sea on his own. Will they ever become father and son again?

Winner of the Grand Prix du Jury at the Moscow Film Festival, "Koktebel" is a stunning debut effort by directors Khlebnikov and Popgrebsky. Their use of transition shots reminds one of Terrence Malick, and how they paint their landscapes of Andrei Tarkovsky. But this is not imitation, it is allusion of style, as their mise-en-scene at the same time is their own.

A haunting, mesmerizing and very emotionally film.

Henrik Sylow

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Theatrical Release: June 25, 2003 (Moscow Film Festival)

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DVD Review: Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL

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Artificial Eye

Region 2 - PAL

Runtime 1:42:36 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.73:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.68 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio 2.0 Dolby Digital Russian, 5.1 Dolby Digital Russian
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.73:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with Boris Khlebnikov and Alexei Popgrebsky (30:37 / 4:3)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:25 / 16x9)
• Biographies

DVD Release Date: March 23rd, 2005
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Chapters 13

 

 

Comments Simply a stunning transfer. No compression artifacts visible, sharp details and neutral color palette. Some images issues with light (see Image #2), but this is due to very bright outside and dark inside.

The extra is a 30 minute interview with the directors by Jason Wood for ION productions, where they talk about how they got together, what the films means, about the creative process and more. A superb interview, that really gives the viewer a solid background. Shot on digital video, there is combing and the focus is not constantly sharp.

Note: This is the 105-minute Festival version of the film.

 - Henrik Sylow

 

 



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