BIPEDALISM / PRJAMOHOZDENIE
Director: Evgenij Jufit, 93 MIN
A successful painter and his family move into an old country house seemingly
swallowed up by the surrounding countryside. Nature delivers the only
background noise in this exquisitely photographed black-and-white film.
The cellar of the house contains skulls, laboratory drawings, and rolls
of film – remnants of a secret project conducted in the period 1930-50
to produce a cross between Homo sapiens and primates, and so arrive at
a new theory of the upright gait and, potentially, a kind of superman.
As the artist sifts through the materials, he discovers more and more
traces of his own history, and survivors of the experiments begin to come
to light... Narrated against the backdrop of a claustrophobic family situation
reminiscent of the films of Ingmar Bergman, Evgenij Yufit’s thoughtful
tale also permanently reflects on the nature of the film medium.
Alpha: 08.04. / 4.00 pm