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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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Release Date:
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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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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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
sweet human comedy, 20 August 2009
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

Reportedly based on a true story (though with quite a bit of legendary embellishment, one assumes, at least in its more fantastical elements), "Absurdistan" takes place in a remote village where the women wage a full-fledged battle-of-the-sexes, agreeing to withhold their conjugal duties until the men in the community repair the pipe that for decades has brought water to the town. The story also features Tamelko (Max Mauff) and Aya (Kristyna Malerova) as two teenagers whose own plans to finally consummate their relationship must now be put on hold.

Homespun in appearance and humanistic in tone, "Absurdistan" (a German film done in Russian) is highly reminiscent of those quirky Czech comedies that enjoyed such popularity here in the States back in the 1960s. The scenes set in the past have been deliberately designed to look like aging home movies - grainy, washed-out, and scratchy - while those set in the present are crisp, clean and bursting with color.

The movie blends small town humor with touches of magic realism and the occasional flight of fancy. There are times, admittedly, when the movie gets a little too silly and cutesy for its own good, but, on the positive side, it never takes itself too seriously or condescends to its characters. The mood is upbeat and the details charming in what amounts to a modern-day (but not TOO modern-day) version of "Lysistrata."

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