The rites and rituals of the Merja people—an ethnic minority of Finno-Urgric extraction originally from the Volga region of Russia—form the backbone of this lyrical, sensual and dreamlike film about love and loss. After his beloved wife Tanja dies, pulp factory CEO Miron calls on his best friend Aist to help him with his final goodbye. With water as a key element, director Aleksei Fedorchenko beautifully weaves the myths and traditions of this vanishing culture into his poetic film. The result is a melancholy and mystical journey following the complex and twisting currents of the human heart.
December 23–31, 2011; Showtimes 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00; Dec. 24: 2:00, 4:00 only; closed Dec. 25
Added by cinesoul on November 28, 2011