Saturday, December 6, 2014
|6:00 p.m.||Flight of the Sparrows|
Teimur Babluani (USSR, 1980)
New 35mm Print!
(Perelet Vorobiev/Begurebis gadafrena, a.k.a. Migrating Sparrows). The allegorical Flight of the Sparrows begins aboard a crowded third-class passenger train traveling through Soviet Georgia at night. An eccentric cast of characters passes the time chatting and occasionally arguing. Tensions erupt when a burly man wearing a leather jacket, who, against type, has a pet sparrow tucked inside the pocket closest to his chest, and another man, who is well-dressed, well-educated, and claims to have traveled the world, engage in a fistfight. The expert cinematography accentuates the close quarters of the train cabin, and then the action shifts to a totally different setting.
• Written by Babluani. Photographed by Victor Andrievsky. With Alguja Burduli, Teimuraz Bichiashvili, Rezo Esadze, Amiran Amiransvili. (60 mins, In Georgian with English subtitles, B&W, ’Scope, 35mm, From MoMA)