Posts Tagged ‘illegal fishing’

Berlin Film Review: ‘The Gulls’

The Gulls film Alissa Simon
Berlin Film Review: ‘The Gulls’

A powerfully atmospheric but narratively understated debut for talented Kalmykia-born helmer-writer Ella Manzheeva.

An unhappily married young woman who can’t quite bring herself to change her life finds that fate has a way of intervening in “The Gulls,” a powerfully atmospheric but narratively understated debut that nevertheless marks Russian helmer-writer Ella Manzheeva as a talent to watch. Manzheeva sets the minimalistic action in her homeland, Kalmykia, Read the rest of this entry »

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A film about Kalmykia ‘The Gulls’ will represent Russia in Berlin

Фильм Чайки Elza lives in a small town Lagan in the Republic of Kalmykia on the Caspian Sea.

Another year comes to an end, it’s cold and the steppe is covered in a thin layer of snow. When her husband, who makes a living from illegal fishing, asks her one night what she did during the day, she lies. She wasn’t at her mother’s, but at the bus stop. She thought of leaving – to find out what it might be to escape the infinite expanse of her dreary small world. But she didn’t dare; instead she stays and withdraws into herself, unconcerned by who might see.

One day, her husband doesn’t return from a dangerous boat trip. Read the rest of this entry »

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