A hundred years after the invention of cinema, an original film is a rare discovery. The sense of wonder, the magic of cinema is sadly very rare. The closest one can get to it nowadays is to see Palms by the Russian director Artur Aristakisyan. Aristakisyan grew up in Kishinev, the capital of Moldova. For a number of years he lived amongst the tramps and beggars of the city: drug addicts, the emotionally disturbed, and the physically handicapped. Palms, his graduation film, is the result of those four years. The film's "heroes" are a woman who has been lying on the ground for forty years, a disabled young man who has promised not to move from his place until the Kingdom of God comes, a dumb simpleton who ran away from an asylum, a man with no legs moving through the sea of people on his trolley, a collector of clothes of the dead, a hunchbacked old woman keeping the head of her beloved hangman in a box, a man living in an attic with birds, a blind family living from begging, an old man collecting a pile of rubbish so that it can reach the sky...
Poetic, spiritual and hallucinatory, Palms is remarkable at every level. The winner of many international awards, this will be the first ever DVD release of this unique film.
1994 - Winner Jury Award , Karlovy Vary Film Festival
1994 - Winner Satyajit Ray Award, San Francisco Film Festival
1994 - Winner Nika, Russian Academy of Cinema Arts
- Presented in a new digital transfer approved by the Director.
- Anamorphic 16:9 enhanced for widescreen televisions.
- New and improved English subtitle translation.
- First time available on DVD
Technical Info: Length / Main Feature: 140 minutes Length / Special Feature: tbc Sound: Original Stereo Language: French Original aspect ratio: 16:9 / 1.78:1 B & W PAL
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Russian ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: "I would like the film to answer the need for community - to show how people are tied together, sometimes paradoxically" Artur Aristakisyan Palms is Aristakisyan's astonishing portrait of people who live on the margins of life and exist outside normal society. Profound, spiritual and hallucinatory, Palms is remarkable at every level and one of the most visionary films of recent years. Narrated by the director addressing his unborn son, the film is compassionate, revelatory and bold in its originality and was awarded the NIKA (Russian Oscar) for Best Documentary in 1994. This is its first-ever release on DVD. ...Palms ( Ladoni )