The film in a metaphorical form demonstrates a model of self-devouring in a closed spiritual system, it explores intermediate state between a human and a non-human: a subhuman deprived of a divine spark.
The hero of the film is a collective image of a criminal consciousness in which we all exist. Since childhood, we live one way or another in a criminal environment.
But this criminal consciousness, criminal law, or rather, criminal lawlessness, criminal thinking, criminal morality, criminal language, hierarchy of values, in fact, also criminal – all that is our film. The film is so sad because it is a film about Russia…
In his films, Kobrin elaborates a special, metaphoric style that is “a fully achieved work of imaginative filmmaking, in which special effects, pixilation, and reverse or speed-up motion abound, a philosophical avant-garde film, entirely unexpected in terms of its country of origin”.
“The cinema I’m engaged in can be called ‘phychedelic puppet action’, where the characters-both the live and the lifeless-behave according to the laws of a cosmic theater . . . To my mind, an artist is a person whose mission is to close the space between Earth and the Cosmos. Otherwise he can’t be called an artist. That is why I see my task as a film director to consist of wiping off the mirror in which man and mankind as a whole look, and to show that this world (this performance without God, that is, without the point where all our puppet threads come together) is senseless and deserves no sympathy or pity.” – Vladimir Kobrin
In the West Vladimir Kobrin is considered a father of Russian avant-garde scientific filmmaking. He was frequently invited to European film-schools with lectures (Cologne, Potsdam, Copenhagen, etc.) and in 1997 he received an invitation from Harvard University Film Achieve. Special retrospectives of his films were shown at Pesaro Festival in Italy and in Montreal in 1998.
Kobrin’s work was never officially published and did not come out in the original. The artistic heritage of Kobrin – one of the mysteries of modern cinema.
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