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Absurdistan -- Two childhood sweethearts seem destined for one another, until the women of their isolated village, angered by male indifference toward the water shortage, go on a sex strike that threatens the young couple's first night of love.

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Veit Helmer (writer)
Gordan Mihic (writer)
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20 March 2008 (Germany) See more »
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An allegorical comedy centered on two childhood sweethearts who seem destined for one another until the women of their isolated village... See more » | Add synopsis »
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5 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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The Key Word Here Is Absurd (and I would not want it any other way) See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Kristyna Malérová ... Aya
Max Mauff ... Temelko (as Maximilian Mauff)
Nino Chkheidze ... Grandmother
Ivane Ivantbelidze ... Shooting Gallery Guy

Ani Amiridze ... Shooting Gallery Guy's Daughter
Ilko Stefanovski ... Guri - Temelko's Father
Assun Planas ... Temelko's Mother
Otto Kuhnle ... Barber
Hijran Nasirova ... Barber's Wife
Hendrik Arnst ... Landlord
Olga Nefyodova ... Landlord's Wife
Adalet Zyadhanov ... Policeman
Matanat Atakishiyeva ... Policeman's Wife
Azelarab Kaghat ... Baker
Michaela Bandi ... Baker's Wife
Blagoja Spirkovski-Dzumerko ... Cobbler (as Blagoja Spirkovski)
Dace Bonate ... Cobbler's Wife
Elhan Guliyev ... Bus Driver
Julietta Koleva ... Bus Driver's Wife
Helder Freire Costa ... Doctor (as Helder Costa)
Monica Calle ... Doctor's Wife (as Mónica Calle)
Kazim Abdullayev ... Shepherd
Firangiz Babyeva ... Shepherd's Wife
László Németh ... Postman
Sarah Bensoussan ... Postman's Wife
Mubariz Alixanli ... Watchmaker
Khatuna Ioseliani ... Watchmaker's Wife
Nurradin Guliyev ... Beekeeper
Elena Spitsina ... Beekeeper's Wife
Radomil Uhlir ... Butcher
Suzana Petricevic ... Butcher's Wife
Rafiq Azimov ... Carpenter
Nelli Cozaru ... Carpenter's Wife
Vlasta Velisavljevic ... Veteran
Gisela Fritsch ... Grandmother (voice) (as Gisela Fritsch-Pukass)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jevgeni Beliaikin ... Temelko (voice)

Directed by
Veit Helmer 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Zaza Buadze  writer
Veit Helmer  writer
Gordan Mihic  writer

Produced by
Veit Helmer .... producer
Linda Kornemann .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Shigeru Umebayashi 
 
Cinematography by
Giorgi Beridze 
 
Film Editing by
Vincent Assmann 
 
Casting by
Pep Armengol 
Suse Marquardt 
Patrícia Vasconcelos 
 
Production Design by
Erwin Prib 
 
Art Direction by
Sergej Bulavin 
 
Costume Design by
Serap Bahadir 
 
Makeup Department
Madonna Chanturia .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alina Abdullayeva .... assistant director
Fred Gasimov .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Alexej Ashkenazy .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Martin Frühmorgen .... sound designer
Martin Frühmorgen .... sound
Robert Jäger .... sound re-recording mixer
Bernd Popella .... adr recordist
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Immo Trümpelmann .... sound designer
Immo Trümpelmann .... sound
Hanse Warns .... foley mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Rudolf Germann .... digital artist
 
Casting Department
Waléra Kanischtscheff .... casting: Belarus: BY
 
Editorial Department
Philipp Großmann .... digital intermediate supervisor
 
Music Department
Lars Löhn .... composer: additional music
 
Thanks
Corinna Assmann .... thanks
Valerie Assmann .... thanks
Tobias Frühmorgen .... thanks
 

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USA:88 min
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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
The Key Word Here Is Absurd (and I would not want it any other way), 22 August 2009
Author: druid333-2 from United States

German director/writer,Veit Helmer's films are an acquired taste (much like Canada's Guy Maddin). His style of directing seems to lean toward the mainly visual (there is little to no dialog in his films),and in metaphorical terms,has a tendency to (at times)resemble some of the films of Czech film makers,Jiri Menzil,etc. In this gentle fable,'Absurdistan',the story takes place in the fictional village of Absurdistan,somewhere in a part of Russia that seems to have been forgotten by time (it's not supposed to be listed on any map),but still exists,none the less. Aya & Temelko are two young people who have been in love with one another since childhood. Aya's fortune telling grandmother predicts that the two should get together when two star signs merge. Sound simple enough? There is a problem in the village with the water supply (and the lazy,good for nothing men,who are content with just hanging out in the local teahouse all day while their women do all the work,including the work projects that the men start,but never seem to finish). When things get downright dire,what with the nearly total lack of water,the women stage a sex strike ultimatum on the men. It's up to Temelko to try & fix the water problem, so he can be with his beloved Aya forever. Veit Helmer directs & co-writes the screenplay (with the assistance of Zaza Buadze,Gordan Mihic & Ahmet Golbol). The cinematography by George Beridze makes nice use of what appears to be a arid,near desert environment. The cast is made up of mainly Russian actors who do their job well. If you enjoyed Helmer's film, 'Tuvalu' from a few years back, this will be another feather in your conical cap. Spoken (what little on screen dialog,outside of the narrative structure)in Russian with English subtitles. No MPAA rating,but contains flashes of nudity & sexual content.

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