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Peremena uchasti

Change of Fate
Film still from CHANGE OF FATE: You see the face of a woman with a black mask around her eyes.

Wed 05.04.

  • Director

    Kira Muratova

  • USSR (Ukrainian SSR) / 1987
    97 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles

  • Cinema

    Arsenal 1

    zu den Ticketszu dem Kalender

Maria is married and shoots her lover dead out of jealousy. She ends up in prison; her lawyer and her husband try to prove that she acted out of self-defense. Yet she proves to be a liar whose behavior is deliberately “immoral”, her contradictory character traits making her a colorful character unable to escape her fate. Kira Muratova transposes the literary source material by Somerset Maugham (The Letter) from Singapore to Central Asia. She shines a light on the racism of the Russians who live there (the monologue spoken by one of the prisoners states that “only a white woman is a woman”); the juxtaposition of the locals and the colonizers culminates in a scene that drifts towards surrealism and dream. (al)

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