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28 March 2020: The Asthenic Syndrome


The Asthenic Syndrome
Kira Muratova, 1989, 153 min
Russian with English subtitles

"Muratova cleverly drags her audience through this masterpiece of glasnost by tragi-comic means, creating a window into the future of post-communist Russia through the lens of affliction – an entire society taken by the Asthenic Syndrome, once known as hypochondria. Banned by the Soviet government for obscenity, this caustic and allegorical epic uses colour and its absence to great effect, enhancing a narrative that gradually builds walls of discomfort around an imprisoned audience as it battles identification with its frustrating and frustrated protagonist." – Melbourne Cinematheque

Screening as part of our essential cinema series.

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