Magazine article Screen International

The Gravedigger

Magazine article Screen International

The Gravedigger

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Dir: Sándor Kardos. Hungary. 2010. 85mins

With overtones of unique films such as Chris Marker's La jetée and Aleksandr Sokurov's Russian Ark, The Gravedigger (A sírásó) is an experimental and compelling affair that utilises distorted photographic images to create something that feels extremely fresh yet resolutely old fashioned.

Those who stick with it will find a work of intriguingly surreal compositions and savage beauty.

A winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 11th New Horizons Film Festival - which means it has already guaranteed distribution within Poland - this should prove popular amongst arthouse distributors looking for esoteric product whilst a long life on the festival circuit seems assured.

An adaptation of a short story by Bohemian-Austrian Rainer Maria Rilke, the film tells of a stranger who comes to town and gets a job as a gravedigger. His charms bewitch the daughter of the town's leader, but when a plague hits the community his mysterious demeanour brings him under suspicion. …

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