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56 Ratings

Angels of Revolution

Angely Revoluciji

Directed by Aleksey Fedorchenko
Russia, 2014
History, Avant-Garde

Synopsis

The shamans of the two native peoples, the Khanty and the Forest Nenets, have no intention of signing on to the new ideology. To reconcile two such very different cultures, six artists leave for Siberia to reach the forests around the Ob River.

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Angels of Revolution Directed by Aleksey Fedorchenko

Awards & Festivals

Moscow International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Russian Film Clubs Federation Award (Russian Program)

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

2014 | Nominee: Best Screenplay

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

2014 | Special Mention

The film is like the evil twin of Dziga Vertov’s Enthusiasm (1931)… Angelyi revolyutsii is a simultaneously wry comedy, deadpan surrealism and genuine tragedy – the road to hell indeed is paved with good intentions.
December 25, 2015
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The contradictions of the project… soon come out into the open, but while Fedorchenko’s cine-fairytale is based on true events, he does not allow considerations of historical fidelity to prevent him from engaging in his typically audacious flights of fancy, and many of the more inventive sequences in the film draw direct inspiration from the work of 1920s Russian vanguard figures such as Meyerhold, Mayakovsky and Malevich.
March 14, 2015
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Though the film struggles to render its characters with verisimilitude, the director strikes a laudable balance in terms of representation, neither falling prey to demonizing Soviet expansionism nor overly romanticizing cultures untouched by progress.
March 13, 2015
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