"Never push buttons you don't know! Vladimir Nikolaevich just wanted to buy some noodles after work, when the young student Gedevan accosts him on the street: "Comrade, there's a man standing there who says he's an alien!" When they try to help him, he explains with a device in his hand that he is lost and only needs the current coordinates to be able to beam himself home by pressing a button. Incredulous and amused, Vladimir presses the button himself as a joke... and bang! he and Gedewan are standing in the middle of nowhere on a planet called Plük, surrounded by sand as far as the eye can see. And now?"
"An absurd-metaphorical space odyssey with cyberpunk leanings begins, where matches of sulfur wood are considered the ultimate good and the social hierarchy can be read by the color of one's pants. If Monty Python had filmed 'The Desert Planet' in the Soviet Union, the result would probably have been something similar to 'Kin-dza-dza' by Georgi Danelija. The 1986 science fiction comedy morphed into the ultimate cult in Russia. The dystopian joke works here and now, too."
Sofia Glasl, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 09.09.2020
"The film's long-lasting success is due not only to its cyberpunk settings and oddball dialogue, but also to its ambiguity. It is not merely a parable of the disintegration of Soviet society, but a highly political, philosophical and extremely topical film about the future potential of our present."
Gleb Albert, Contemporary History, 19.08.2018
"'Mad Maxmeet's Monty Python à la Tarkovsky' might best describe this strange Soviet gem. Arguably the most underrated science fiction film of the last 50 years."
Little White Lies
Georgi Danelija, born in 1930 in Georgia's main city Tbilisi, is a Russian-Georgian film director and screenwriter. He studied architecture in Moscow and attended higher courses in directing at Mosfilm Studios in Moscow. Before becoming a filmmaker himself, he played some, small roles in films of his uncle Mikheil Chiaureli. Already his first filmSeriosha, made together with Igor Talankin, telling the world through children`s eyes, received much attention. Danelija`s films range from the comediesAfonja(1975),Mimino(1977) to melodramas likeOsenni Marafon(1979) and tell of bourgeois life in everyday Soviet reality. WithKin-dza-dza!Danelija succeeded in making a cult film and one of the most important films of Soviet cinema.
WithKin-dza-dza!we present in March a Soviet cult film as a re-edition, a real jewel from film history, which thanks toDrop-Out Cinema finally finds its way into the cinema with us!
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132 min. DCP. Color. RUSSian/d
Director: Georgi Danelija
Screenplay by Georgi Danelia, Revas Gabriadze
Cinematography: Pavel Lezhev
Editing: Nataliya Dobrunova
Music: Gia Kanscheli
With: Stanislav Lyubshin, Evgeny Leonov, Yuri Yakovlev
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