Asino

Anatoly Vasiliev

Celebrated Russian theatre director Anatoly Vasiliev's Asino (Italian for donkey) is an epic ode to this beast of burden. The donkey has a long cultural history dating back to Greek mythology and the Bible: Jesus rode into Jerusalem on one; Sancho Panza had a loyal donkey; Winnie the Pooh was friends with the dejected Eeyore. Donkeys stand for stupidity, stubbornness and humility.

Asino consists of eight novellas, approximately 20 minutes each. Shot in Italy, Vasiliev's film teeters between reality and allegory, asking viewers to reflect on what they see. The chapter titles (Bacchus, Medea, etc.) and quotes from Apuleius, Pirandello and Aeschylus provide context. The third novella documents the donkey worship in Alba, Italy, where donkey races are held during the Palio. In Asino, donkeys are simultaneously domesticated animals, humans and divine, mythological creatures, so in a sense the film summarises the beast’s role in Western culture.

Screenings

  • Cinerama 3
    English subtitles
    Fri 26 Jan Buy
  • KINO 2
    English subtitles
    Sun 28 Jan Buy
  • LantarenVenster 3
    English subtitles
    Mon 29 Jan Buy
  • LantarenVenster 4
    English subtitles
    Fri 2 Feb Buy

More information

Filmmaker
Anatoly Vasiliev
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Switzerland
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
167’
Language
Italian
Producer
Yury Krestinskiy, Anatoly Vasiliev
Production Company
Trikita Entertainment AG
Sales
Trikita Entertainment AG
Writer
Anatoly Vasiliev
Cinematography
Alexandra Kulak, Ruslan Fedotov
Editor
Daniil Nikolsky
Sound Design
Michele Braga, Aleksandr Plotnikov, Anton Balaban
Music
Giovanni Sollima
Website
https://www.trikita.com/projects/donkey