Film Lounge | Anarcadia

9 Apr 2011 - 15 Jun 2011
Slide show: 
Bringing oil across the deserts to the Soviets (1930)
Bringing oil across the deserts to the Soviets (1930)
Bringing oil across the deserts to the Soviets (1930)
July/Schilde Darezhan Omirbaev (1988)
July/Schilde Darezhan Omirbaev (1988)



Stills' Film Lounge is delighted to present two rarely screened film works from Kazakhstan to accompany Ruth Maclennan's exhibition Anarcadia. The dry, barren landscape of the deserts of Kazakhstan provides the backdrop to both these films made almost 60 years apart, which span the country's history from the height of Stalinism to the brink of Perestroika and consequential independence.

Bringing oil across the desert to the land of the Soviets (1930) is a propaganda film, from an unknown film-maker, which extols the importance of the railway in the forging of the Soviet states and the wealth of its land.

Film Lounge also presents the first ever UK screening of Darezhan Omirbaev's July/Schilde (1988), a narrative short, which depicts the antics of two adolescent boys, on a single day in the steppes of a Kazakh village. Darezhan Omirbaev was recognised as a genuine auteur following the international success of this film and consequently emerged as one of the most celebrated directors from the Kazakh New Wave.



State Documentary Film and Audio Archive of Kazakhstan   Bringing oil across the deserts to the Soviets (1930) 
7 minutes
Darezhan Omirbaev   July/ Schilde (1988) 26 minutes


Sarah Turner   Thursday 28 April 6.30pm Free   Perestroika (2009) 115 minutes

Image July/Schilde Darezhan Omirbaev (1988)