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Absurdistan

When:

Mon 14 Jun 2010, 6:15pm–7:45pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Members Free. Public by Donation (notes) at the door: $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

(Viet Helmer, Germany 2008)
Veit Helmer’s inventive, allegorical comedy introduces us to Absurdistan, a once beautiful, now utterly desolate, land. In a water-starved village, two childhood sweethearts, Aya and Temelko, await the date (foretold by Aya’s grandmother) that a perfect celestial alignment will bless their first night of love. An intrepid inventor, Temelko plans to repair the aging water pipe, but the apathetic older men scoff at his designs. The women, fed up with the men’s inaction, take matters into their own hands and declare a strike. No water, no sex. The gender lines are drawn, reinforced with barbed wire, and our young lovers find themselves on opposite sides of a fast-escalating feud.

The imprint of Helmer’s imagination is ubiquitous. He directs like a kid tearing through his toy chest. Mechanically obsessed, Helmer filters life through outlandish, homespun contraptions. Brilliantly satirical, ever witty, and dipping self-reflexively into a myriad of cinematic styles, Absurdistan contains the signature theatricality of Helmer’s many shorts and earlier feature, Tuvalu. It’s a philosophic parable that glides weightlessly along (no doubt suspended by pulleys and ropes hooked to a donkey).

- Sundance Film Festival

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