Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Two men in Moscow try to help a homeless looking fellow to get out of the cold. The man claims to be from another planet- however when they try to help him they find themselves transported to another planet.
Absurdist satire will either thrill you or bore you. To be honest I took a good half hour before I kind of clicked with the film and it's everyone has an angle angle. From my point of view it took that long to get through the nonsense to something interesting. Actually what was interesting was that it wasn't like any other science fiction film I've seen. Things are decidedly odd, frequently crossing into silly,but at the same time it makes a weird sort of sense.
Is this a great film? Probably not, on the other hand the decaying industrial look is pretty cool and the visual effects are well done, and odds are its sensibilities is probably unlike anything you've ever run across.
If you're tired of big splashy Hollywood science fiction give it (and all the films in the Lincoln Center Strange Lands series) a try
Kin-dza-dza! plays Friday and Saturday at Strange Lands Lincoln Center's look at International Science Fiction. For tickets and more information go here.