Tue 10 May

We Are our Mountains

Cert. tbc

Classics

Мы и наши горы / Մենք ենք, մեր սարերը

94 mins

In Armenian with EN subs

USSR | 1969 | dir. Genrikh Malyan, with Sos Sarkisyan, Frunzik Mkrtchyan, Khoren Abraamyan

When a petty dispute over a lost sheep gets out of hand, a group of shepherds find their mountain idyll interrupted by the long arm of the law in Genrikh Malyan’s cult satire, adapted from his own work by beloved Armenian author Hrant Matevosyan. Matevosyan’s comic pastorale, alternately absurdist and broad, demonstrates that it was not just in Russia, and not just in the cities, that ‘60s debates about authority and rebellion raged. A splendid example of the poetry and humour of the Armenian screen tradition, one of the most storied of the USSR’s so-called “national” cinemas, which remains relatively unknown abroad.

Tue 10 May 6.20pm

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