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Russian Snark


Thu 16 Jun 2011, 12:00pm

Where: Matakana Cinemas, 2 Matakana Valley Rd, Matakana, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission : $12.50
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: GodzonePictures

Screenwriter Stephen Sinclair turns writer/director with this bittersweet comedy about two refugee artists from Russia getting to grips with life in the South Pacific.

The unworldly Misha and his vivacious wife Nadia leave their homeland in search of peace of mind and aesthetic freedom, landing like hopeful aliens in contemporary Auckland. Misha heads to the beach and immerses himself in experimental film-making, framing luminous B&W images of naked bodies on rocky foreshores. Nadia adjusts to her shiny new environment more pragmatically, but life as Misha’s muse, model and breadwinner takes its toll.

Stephen Papps (speaking Russian!) charms and vexes as the soulful man-child, while Elena Stejko brings a glowing blonde vitality to her every scene. Stephanie Tauevihi provides a sweet taste of Kiwi, as the unhappily separated Pacific Island neighbour who reaches out to Misha at his most forlorn, and brings him gently back to earth. — Bill Gosden

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