Film Review: 2000 Songs for Farida (2020) by Yalkin Tuychiev

The idea of what’s actuality and the way cinema can current it, is one which has been “tormenting” arthouse filmmakers ceaselessly. Yalkin Tuychiev presents his tackle the subject, making an attempt to method actuality via intense magnificence. 

“2000 Songs for Farida” screened at Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas

The story takes place in a distant location in Central Asia, through the civil conflict following the 1917 Russian Revolution, that ended with the Bolsheviks taking up from the khans and emirs that dominated earlier than. On this setting, Kamil lives together with his three wives, who observe an exhausting on a regular basis routine that permits them to outlive in a relatively harsh setting. As Kamil has not managed to have a baby with Robibar, probably the most stunning among the many three, he brings in but a fourth spouse, the titular Farida, and stress quickly mounts. 

Tuychiev creates a really intriguing setting, lingering between the dystopia and the Far West, with the main focus although, being on the sweetness, as dictated by the superb cinematography by Bahadir Yuldashev, the scaring, regularly violent fantastic thing about Yulduz Rajabova’s Robibar, and the plethora of songs, which himself has written. On the identical time, nonetheless, the sweetness right here isn’t just an ornamental facet, however primarily an integral a part of the narrative, with each body, motion, and sound having a function inside the film. This facet makes “2000 Songs” a relatively demanding viewing, since no element is to be missed, much more so because the questions and the mysteries Tuychiev presents at first, are answered and revealed via very temporary scenes and even implied every so often, with Yulduz Rajabova’s modifying being the principle medium of this method. 

On the identical time, this sense of thriller in regards to the who, the place or what the characters are doing, which can also be heightened by the various scenes which might be introduced via the angle of somebody who peaks on what is occurring, works exceptionally nicely in leisure phrases, carrying the film from starting to finish in probably the most satisfying method. The identical applies to the truth that, though issues are calm for probably the most half, there’s a feeling that violence is simply across the nook, which creates a stress that additionally provides to the enchantment of the film. 

Sanobar Haqnazarova as Kamil provides an incredible efficiency, managing to emit a way of hazard and energy even with out phrases, that solely crumbles often in entrance of Robibar. In that trend, the moments he actually reacts are among the many most memorable within the film. 

Yalkin Tuychiev has give you a formidable film, a chunk of “true cinema” that thrives on all points, and a must-see by all followers of significant (and exquisite) films.



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