Inzeyen - Sweet Delight

  • 75'
  • Russia
  • 2007
Inzeyen - Sweet Delight is the second feature film by experienced documentary film maker Vladimir Sivkov. It is a free flow of eight film novellas connected by one character - thirty-year-old Alexei. Alexei is an admirer of Chagall and even tries to paint like him. He is an amateur archaeologist, and tries to fly a hang glider too. The sketches of provincial life somewhere around the Ryazan region are filled in with other peculiar characters surrounding Alexei, like an ugly man, a mute and an old Muslim praying. The sketches are contemporary (the modernised provincial life, a portrait of Putin), as much as they are timeless (as in the old-fashioned life style).
Alexei is also head of the local Cultural Department and a close friend of local artist Katya Medvedeva (played by the real Katya Medvedeva, who is a well-known naïve painter, a representative of the Russian underground whose work has been appreciated by many, including the artist Marc Chagall). Alexei deals with questions about the Russian provincial avant-garde and what it actually means. The almost unbearable lightness of his provincial life leads to the only decisive action in the end: he covers his eyes, hangs spoons on his ears and pronounces the magic word inzeyen that takes him to a different world.
This Russian fairy-tale like film has little dialogue. It is, in its way, a tractate on emptiness and full with young hearted spirit. (LC)
Director
Vladimir Sivkov
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Russia
Production Year
2007
Festival Edition
IFFR 2007
Length
75'
Medium
35mm
Original title
Inzeyen - Malina
Language
Russian
Producers
Alina Rizvanova, Mikhail Mikhailov
Production Company
Kazan Film studio
Sales
Kazan Film studio
Screenplay
Vladimir Sivkov, Dennis Ossokin
Cinematography
Sergei Khavn
Editor
P. Sokolovsky
Production Design
Maya Khavn
Sound Design
Oleg Zujev, Viktor Klyatchkin
Music
Tatyana Litovets
Cast
Pavel Gustov, Yekaterina Stoljar