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SECOND CIRCLE (Krug Vtoroj)

A film by Alexander Sokurov

Russia 1990
Color, Russian w/eng st 92 min

::  35mm film rental: $300 | VHS/DVD rental: $100 | VHS/DVD purchase: $150
 

The story of a young man who travels to a small village in coldest Siberia to take care of his father’s funeral. Through epic simplicity and chronological accuracy, the mundane rituals of burial take on universal significance without losing its cultural specificity. For the son, the death of his father is more than a personal loss; he also sees the final balance of his father’s life as an extension of his whole society. This is an unforgettable masterpiece filmed in a luminous palette of muted colors, and a penetrating confrontation with death in a society that has lost touch with spiritual values. Sokurov’s chosen themes – conscience, spirituality, and transcendence – and his visual and poetic approach to filmmaking surely make him the artistic heir to Andrei Tarkovsky.

”A starkly beautifully, awesomely impressive exercise in purely visual cinema shot through with the subtles streak of bleak absurdist humor. “
– Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

“Sokurov is perhaps the most ambitious and original serious filmmaker of his generation”. – Susan Sontag

“Rarely has so much visual and emotional power been generated through such deliberately limited means; the film is extreme in its rigor, its sobriety and its sublimity.”
– David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor

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