Location: Bartos Screening Room
Presented by the Consulate General of Portugal
Portugal/Germany. Dir. Salomé Lamas. 2018, 85 mins. Digital projection. Kolya is a young man from Moldova with a declared loyalty towards Transnistria—a country that remains unrecognized by the international community and does not officially exist, and which remains rooted in communist ideology. Portuguese filmmaker Salomé Lamas’s entrancing, sonically immersive film follows Kolya across various borders, each with its own history and shadowy demands, and bringing him to various haunted monuments to Soviet progress, to ghosts with remnant koans and axes still to grind. Extinction is a singularly evocative meditation on the simultaneous fluidity and immobility of life in the former Soviet territories.
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