Date: 25 January 2022 (ended)
Section: OFF THE BEATEN... SCREENS
Location: Cinema Ambasciatori
Viale XX Settembre, 35, 34126 Trieste TS
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(Il corpo di Khan)
Germania – Bielorussia / Germany – Belarus
2021, HD, col., 57’
v.o. russa – bielorussa / Russian – Bielorussian o.v.
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Fotografia / Photography: Georg Kussmann. Montaggio / Editing: Krystsina Savutsina. Suono / Sound: Igor Bachmat, Roland Musolff, Daniel Tekieli. Produzione / Produced by: Savutsina / Kussmann.
Choreographies of everyday life in a small town in Belarus. Through static images and associative montage, Khan’s Flesh conveys a perspective on society and the intangible power relations it is permeated by. The inhabitants move and position their bodies depending on the situation and according to their social and professional status. A skeleton of norms, rules and role models, completed with the bodies of active citizens, becomes a vital structure whose components alternatingly discipline themselves through mutual control, praise and punishment … A contemporary document of life in the Belarusian province, barely a year before the beginning of the nationwide protests against the state apparatus.
In competition at the latest Visions du Réel International Film Festival in Nyon, Switzerland.
“The place that used to be home becomes the object of an investigation. I once left the country because there were too many restrictions. But my film is not a didactic piece about the horrors of dictatorship. I am interested in something more fundamental: the structure of power in everyday life. How does it happen that people show a certain behavior when they enter institutionalised spheres?… Khan’s Flesh is not only a film about Belarus, but about human coexistence as a principle. Rules are limiting personal freedoms and at the same time ensure that the organism, that society is, remains functional … Films by Frederick Wiseman and Roy Andersson, the thoughts of Thomas Hobbes and Michel Foucault, and memories of my childhood in Telekhany, our filming location, served as inspiration.” (K. Savutsina)
Film director Krystsina Savutsina was born in 1989 in Riga, into a Belarusian family. In 2011 she graduated with diploma in cultural studies in Minsk. Since 2015 she has been studying film and fine arts at the University of Fine Arts, Hamburg.
2017 Sanderling cm / sf 16mm 2019 UAZ 103 (The Loaf) cm / sf 2021 Khan’s Flesh doc.