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Screened as part of NZIFF 2005

4 2004

Directed by Ilya Khrzhanovsky

The feral and the heavily metallic vie for dominance in this extraordinary assault on the senses, the year's most transfixingly baffling movie – which, among other things, purports to reveal the meaninglessness of the number 4.

Russia In Russian with English subtitles
126 minutes 35mm

Screenplay

Vladimir Sorokin. Based on an idea by Vladimir Sorokin, Ilya Khrzhanovsky

Photography

Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev
,
Aleksandr Ilkhovsky
,
Shandor Berkechi

Editor

Igor Malakhov

With

Marina Vovchenko
,
Sergei Shnurov
,
Yuri Laguta

Festivals

Venice 2004; Rotterdam 2005

Elsewhere

The feral and the heavily metallic vie for dominance in this extraordinary assault on the senses, the year's most transfixingly baffling movie – which, among other things, purports to reveal the meaninglessness of the number 4. “A product of the Russian necrorealist movement – self-consciously inflammatory underground art, film and video that symbolises (or feasts on) the putrefying corpse of the Soviet state – the synopsis-proof 4 is a howling orgy of decrepitude and decay… The film traipses… from the rusting industrialised wastelands of Moscow and a spookily depopulated bar into some deep damp woods where a formidable band of toothless crones writhes in the throes of a Dionysiac mourning party. An incomparably unhinged act of disinterment, 4 is also a fiercely willed feat of rebirth, raw and bloody, screamingly alive.” — Jessica Winter, Cinema Scope 

“Seriously weird… its bawdy comedy, bravura sound design and uncanny atmosphere will turn on audiences with a taste for deeply oddball fare.” — Leslie Felperin, Variety