Film still from <em>Aga</em>

Film still from Aga

NZIFF 2018 - Aga

  • Sat 1 Sep 2018
  • 6:30—8:10PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • General: $15.50
  • Student (with ID): $12.50
  • Child (14-) / Senior (60+): $10
  • No phone bookings, tickets in-store or online

An exquisitely shot and very moving film about an aging couple who appear to exist alone on the edge of the world, stoically surviving on the Arctic tundra in a way of life that may be about to end.

Writer/director Milko Lazarov’s second feature spotlights an aging Yakut couple whose lifestyle may soon be extinct. In snow-covered North Eastern Siberia, every footprint, every cloud, every passing airplane must be interpreted for crucial details on which their lives could depend. This attentive listening must also be applied internally, towards each other. Despite the couple’s long and intimate companionship there are mysteries still unknown. There are complicated family dynamics to unravel in connection with their children, one of whom works in the city and the other (the titular Ága) in a diamond mine, several days journey away.

Kaloyan Bozhilov’s majestic cinematography sinks the viewer deep into every magnificent icy frame, and despite a contemplative pace this movie never dawdles. Nothing exists in this landscape without a reason, and Lazarov’s precise cinematic poetry creates an intense, affecting and emotional piece of cinema where animals, bloodied or mystical, are key players. Important messages are relayed through dreams and meaning is literally carried through the air.

Bulgaria/Germany/France, in Sakha (Yakut) with English subtitles, 2018, Colour, 96 min., Rated PG, Dir. Milko Lazarov

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