CREEES Film Series: Vodka Lemon
Wed, September 28, 2011 • 7:00 PM • PAI 4.42
Vodka Lemon is a 2003 film directed by Hiner Saleem. (101 minutes long)
Winner of Best Film at the Venice Film Festival, Vodka Lemon is a bittersweet concoction with a kick. In the snowy badlands of post-Soviet Armenia, village life is nearing subsistence level. As one character says, the only thing the Russians have left for them is the one thing they didn’t have before – their freedom.
Forced to sell off possessions while awaiting money from his son, Hamo, a former Red Army officer, can only count on one thing: daily trips to the cemetery to commune with his late wife. There, Nina, a beautiful widow, tends her husband’s grave. On the bus back to the village, a tender romance blossoms.
The miracle of Vodka Lemon, the third feature by exiled Iraqi Kurd director Hiner Saleem, is that this portrait of an abandoned community is so magically upbeat. With its stunning, blinding-white vistas, its lovely Armenian score, and its Iosseliani-esque whimsy, the film celebrates its quirky characters and, at its heart, s a Chagall-like vision of love among the ruins
All movies are free and have English subtitles!
Supported by the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, The Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Center for European Studies