Thoracic

The Fifth Thoracic Vertebra (2021) + Cashbag

The Fifth Thoracic Vertebra, transcript of introduction to a screening for the London Korean Film Festival 2022 ‘Thoracic’ is one of those highly technical, slightly pedantic words, like ‘synecdoche’ or ‘symbiopsychotoxiplasm’, whose specialised obscurity ensures that its appearance in a title makes an immediate impression of a certain eccentricity. When you settle down to watch…

Mara (Pobochnyi effekt)

Mara (Pobochnyi effekt) (2020)

“I won’t live in a mausoleum,” complains singer/composer Olya (Marina Vasileva), in Mara, of the grand if monolithic apartment building into which she is about to move temporarily with her husband Andrey (Semyon Serzin). “Come on,” Andrey insists more encouragingly, “it’s a constructivist landmark!” In a way, they are both right about the nature of…