Abpopa (Aurora) 2018 Ages 18+

6.00PM Fri 18 Mar 2022 (1hr 38mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

Filmmaker Bekzat Pirmatov fills his offbeat gangster film with both love and lament for the contemporary state of Kyrgyzstan. Set in a Soviet style, lakeside sanatorium called Aurora, the film follows a host of unnerving characters whose seemingly sinister motivations are hidden beneath the surface. Two Chinese businessmen are menacingly focussed on deleting a message from an iphone, a group of gangsters decide the fate of a popular TV host and an anonymous S & M date goes wrong. Aurora’s entrancing cinematography fills the screen with majestic landscapes through to idiosyncratic interiors of criminal’s domestic homes. Both an absurdist comedy and sharp critique of the creeping corruption and disparity of wealth and power in contemporary Kyrgyzstan, filmmaker Bekzat Pirmatov crafts a passionate and stylish debut film. RH

Ages 18+ | Strong impact violence, sexual violence

CREDITS

DIGITAL, COLOUR, DOLBY, 98 MINUTES, KYRGYZSTAN, KYRGYZ/RUSSIAN (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR/ SCRIPT: BEKZAT PIRMATOV / PRODUCER: ISKHAK PIRMATOV / CINEMATOGRAPHER: MIRLAN SATKYMBAEV / EDITORS: RYSBEK BOKEEV, ERKIN KYSHTOBAEV / CAST: ALBINA IMASHEVA, BAKTYBEK MAMYTOV, BOLOT TENTIMYSHOV / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: BEKZAT PIRMATOV