Barabaniada

  • 93'
  • Russia
  • 1993
The fascinating Barabaniada is a surrealist allegory about a post-totalitarian society in which all values have disappeared without anything emerging to take their place. In this film without dialogue a young man - a kind of Buster Keaton - gets a drum kit called Stradivarius. On his aimless roamings through a poverty-stricken Russia, in which he sees the chaos and despair of his country pass by, the drum starts to dominate his life.The film starts when the protagonist is getting drunk with his colleagues from the funeral band. He is taken by the dead man to a world where objects rule the roost. The drummer has no idea what he is walking behind or where he is going, but he is not able to resist the evil power that his drum exercises over him. The film is intercut with black & white footage of drummers from all over.
Director
Sergei Ovcharov
Country of production
Russia
Production Year
1993
Festival Edition
IFFR 1999
Length
93'
Medium
Betacam SP PAL
International title
Drum Rolls
Producers
Lenfilm Studios, Alexander Donchenko, Alexander Golutva
Sales
Lenfilm Studios
Screenplay
Sergei Ovcharov