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Jessica WOODWORTH

  • Belgium, Italy, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Armenia
  • 2023
  • 94min
  • 12 +
  • DCP
  • b&w

Asian Premiere

SYNOPSIS

Luka, a young and ambitious soldier, embeds himself in the legendary Fort Kairos where heroic warriors defend the remains of civilization. His hopes to serve as an elite sniper are crushed when he is assigned to maintenance and must submit to the code of Kairos: obedience-endurance-sacrifice. 

PROGRAM NOTE

The scorching sun, the thick sandstorm, the unknown enemy, and the endless wait. Luka consists only of things that cannot be grasped with one hand. In the endless desert landscape that is not fully captured on the screen, the young sniper Luka and the isolated Fort Kairos are placed in the continuous waiting time. Since the enemies from the north may attack someday, here in Kairos strictly controls the soldiers’ every move. Violation is death. Luka, who was assigned to cleaning and maintenance, is recognized for his skills and becomes the elite sniper of his dreams, and his awkward relationship with his colleagues gradually develops. The film may seem like a growing-up story of the new soldier. Still, it is based on Dino Buzzati’s novel The Tartar Steppe and aims at the enormous absurdity of war itself, presenting an invisible enemy. Fanatical vigilance to the outside erases the individual’s humanity. Loyal soldiers crumble and become part of the desert, never knowing what they are fighting against. The only thing that brings vitality to this desolate land is, surprisingly, concrete gestures based on friendship and solidarity. These intimate and sensual physical interactions become the most potent weapon against rigid language. [Programmer SON Sinae]

schedule

Code Time Theater Grade
112 2023-08-25 | 16:00 - 17:34 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 3
327 2023-08-27 | 16:30 - 18:04 MEGABOX SangamWorldcup 9

Director

  • Jessica WOODWORTH

    A Belgian-American film director, screenwriter and producer based in Belgium. Her previous fiction feature films are Khadak (2006), Altiplano (2009), The Fifth Season (2012), King of the Belgians (2016), and The Barefoot Emperor (2019), made with Peter Brosens. 

     

     

Credit

  • ProducerPeter BROSENS
  • Cast Jonas SMULDERS, Geraldine CHAPLIN, Samvel TADEVOSSIAN, Jan BIJVOET, Sam LOUWYCK
  • Screenwriter Jessica WOODWORTH
  • Cinematographer Virginie SURDEJ
  • Editor David VERDURME
  • Sound Marc LIZIER
  • Production Design Sabina CHRISTOVA

CONTACT

Films Boutique | Rūta ŠVEDKAUSKAITĖ | ruta@filmsboutique.com