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Film Screening: Harmony Lessons

"Harmony Lessons" (2013).

Part of the Tribeca Film Festival

This program is co-presented by Tribeca Film Festival and Asia Society.

Screening location: Clearview Cinemas, 260 W 23rd St., New York, NY.

Dir. Emir Baigazin. Germany/France. 2013. 115 min. In Kazakh language.

North American premiere

Harmony Lessons sheds light on a small village on the lonely steppes of rural Kazakhstan. Bolat and his gang of flunkies rule the village’s main school, a microcosm of Kazakh society. Aslan, a thirteen-year-old living with his grandmother, is a meticulous and successful science student but very terse in his communication. Through the daily schoolyard routine of taunts and humiliations that Aslan faces, Bolat is revealed to be part of a hierarchy led by seasoned criminals raising cash for those in prison. Aslan, silently suffering, methodically prepares his revenge.

In this insightful Kazakh film, symbolism and striking cinematography help us navigate the complicated landscape of a teenager’s mind after the collapse of the Soviet bloc. Emir Baigazin wrote, edited and directed this fascinating Darwinist first feature, which, through his still shots, reminds us of Bresson and the best parts of Japanese film noir.

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Event Details

Sat 20 Apr 2013
3:45pm - 5:45pm

Clearview Cinemas, 260 W 23rd St New York, NY. (212) 691-5519

General Admission: $16. Tickets sold through Tribeca Film Festival box office.