AWL_028 THE ASTHENIC SYNDROME
THE ASTHENIC SYNDROME
by Kira Muratova
1990, 35mm, 153 minutes, Soviet Union, Russian w/ Dutch + English subtitles
The Asthenic Syndrome consists of two seemingly unrelated stories. In the first, shot in black and white, we follow a deeply depressed woman who just buried her husband and who is about to destroy everything around her, including herself. The second story, shot in colour, shows a teacher who suffers from the Asthenic Syndrome, causing him to fall asleep in the most crowded places of an overwhelmingly chaotic city. But its not so much the plot that makes up the main fabric of this masterpiece. Just like a radically exquisite poem, The Asthenic Syndrome takes you to places in your psyche that you didn’t know existed- but that you recognise instantly as spaces that need to be explored.
Sadly, Kira Muratova passed away in June of this year and it’s with the screening of her most acclaimed film we pay homage to her exceptional legacy.
Screened on 35mm.