Absurdistan Director: Veit Helmer

Welcome to the mystical village of Absurdistan, a distant and timeless land where tradition, family, and duty are inextricably and sometimes comically bound. It is a desolate yet beautiful corner of the world where children run free and grow up under the watchful eyes of their doting omniscient elders. Young Temelko and Aya, born seconds apart, were predestined to share their childhoods, their hearts, and once the stars align perfectly, their first night of passion. Calamity ensues when a village-wide irrigation system failure forces the town's women to mobilize. The entire female population of Absurdistan stages a strike - no sex until the water supply is restored. Of course this presents an unforeseen diversion in Temelko's prophesized quest to fulfill his libidinal mission. Determined to reunite the sexes and keep his appointment with destiny, Temelko sets out to single-handedly repair the aqueduct.

Inspired by a real-life event in a small Turkish village, Helmer creates a truly whimsical world where the laws of gravity have been bent. This boy-loves-girl, girl-loves-boy story is a buoyant romantic adventure that leaps from the screen. His fanciful characters possess an uncontainable physicality that propels the narrative from the first frame to the last. Helmer's masterful melding of comedy, parable, and coming-of-age story renders a unique vision that is at once satirical and stylistic. As the young leads, Mauff and Malérovį's chemistry is palpable, both delivering dynamic performances reminiscent of Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in "The Philadelphia Story".

Production Notes

Festivals and awards: Sundance, Karlovy Vary, Sofia, Espoo, Montreal
Links: Homepage, Trailer

Programme: Forum

Country: Germany, Azerbaijan
Year: 2008
Length: 88
Language: Russian
Producer: Veit Helmer
Screenplay: Gordan Mihic, Zaza Buadze, Ahmet Golbol, Veit Helmer
Director: Veit Helmer
Cinematography: George Beridze
Music: Shigeru Umebayashi
Editor: Vincent Assmann

Cast: Maximilian Mauff, Krist?na Malérov?, Nino Chkheidze, Ivane Ivantbelidze

Producer: Veit Helmer-Filmproduktion

Veit Helmer

Veit Helmer (b. 1968, Hannover, Germany) studied film direction at the end of the 1990s at the Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film in Munich. During his studies he took part in the making of the Wim Wenders film "A Trick of Light" (1995) as assistant director and co-producer. He successfully debuted in feature film production with the stylised "Tuvalu" (1999), which screened at PÖFF in 2000 with the director himself being festival's guest. ABSURDISTAN is his third full-length film.

Tuvalu (1999, PÖFF 2000), Tor zum Himmel (Taevavärav, PÖFF 2004), Absurdistan (2008)

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