(Mest, 1989) by Ermek Shinarbaev
Written by Anatoli Kim. Editing: Polina Stein. Director of Photography: Sergei Kosmanev. Set designer: Elena Eliseeva, Original Music by: Vladislav Shute. Produced by: Habibur Rahman Khan. Production Company: Kazakhfilm Studios. Starring: Alexandre Pan (Sungu, the poet), Oleg Li (King-Monk), Valentin Te (Novice), Lubove Germanova
(Elza), Rasim Jakibaev (Tsai). Running Time: 96’. Colour. Country of Production: Soviet Uniion. Language: Russian with French/English
subtitles. From: Kazakhfilm Studio, held at the State Archive of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Restored in 2010 by the World Cinema Foundation at Cineteca di Bologna /L’Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory.
In a rage, a teacher murders a boy. Another boy is bred, for one sole purpose: to avenge his brother’s death. Kazakh master Ermek Shinarbaev’s close collaboration with the Korean-Russian writer Anatoli Kim yielded three great films, the most remarkable of which is this beautiful, profoundly unsettling film. A true odyssey, geographically and psychologically. One of the greatest films to emerge from the Kazakh New Wave, and one of the toughest.
(Kent Jones, May 2010)
In the beginning of the 40s, hundreds of thousands of Koreans that had lived in the Russian Far East since the XIX century were forcibly displaced overnight according to Stalin’s orders. They were regarded as traitors and public enemies. Women, children, old people, were sent away with no explanation. The Korean diaspora, with a population of over a million, has been a forbidden topic for many years. Revenge is the first film telling the story of their tragedy.
(Ermek Shinarbaev, May 2010)
Notes on restoration
The restoration of Revenge, used the original camera negative, the sound negative and a positive print provided by the Kazakhfilm Studio and held at the State Archive of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Special thanks to director Ermek Shinarbaev for actively participating in the restoration