An Official Selection of the Toronto, New York and Venice Film Festivals, this breathtakingly beautiful road movie garnered tremendous critical accolades upon its 2011–2012 U.S. theatrical rollout from Shadow Distribution.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A STUNNING ROAD-MOVIE MASTERPIECE: Silent Souls COMES TO DVD/DIGITAL FEB 26TH
New York (January 24, 2013) — Zeitgeist Films is proud to present the home media debut of the internationally acclaimed Russian drama Silent Souls (Ovsyanki). An Official Selection of the Toronto, New York and Venice Film Festivals, this breathtakingly beautiful road movie garnered tremendous critical accolades upon its 2011–2012 U.S. theatrical rollout from Shadow Distribution.
Boasting a gorgeous HD transfer, Zeitgeistʼs DVD edition of Silent Souls streets February 26; day and date with iTunes and Netflix Instant. For sale in the U.S. only with an SRP of $29.99.
After the sudden death of his wife, tough guy Miron asks his taciturn writer pal Aist to accompany him on a long journey to dispose of her remains according to the rituals of the Merya people—an ancient tribe from picturesque West-Central Russia. As the two friends traverse the evocatively bleak landscape with her body and a pair of caged birds, Miron fills the hours relating the most intimate details of his marriage—with unintended consequences.
Brooding, poetic and provocative, Silent Souls is an exquisite work of post-Soviet cinema by director Aleksei Fedorchenko and renowned cinematographer Mikhail Krichman (also DP of Andrey Zvyagintsevʼs award-winning 2012 thriller Elena, released by Zeitgeist Films and now available on DVD, Netflix and iTunes).
Zeitgeistʼs DVD Edition of Silent Souls features a luminous HD master, enhanced for widescreen viewing; 5.1 and stereo soundtracks; and the U.S. theatrical trailer.
2011 * 75 minutes * Russia * Color * In Russian with optional English subtitles * 2.35:1 aspect ratio * Not Rated * Cat no. Z1150 * UPC 795975115032 * DVD SRP $29.99
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR "SILENT SOULS" "A MYSTICAL MASTERPIECE. An astonishing, haunting, sensual, lyrical, bleak and ultimately beautiful road-trip movie." —David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle "A MARVEL. A rich, sensual contemplation of the relationship between life and death." —Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times "UTTERLY BEAUTIFUL. Takes the road movie to places I never anticipated." —Stuart Klawans, The Nation "ASTONISHING. Thrillingly dense and allusive." —Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York "THIS PROFOUND AND IMMENSELY TOUCHING FILM in only 75 perfect minutes achieves the profundity of an epic.... Not often have I been more deeply touched." —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times "DREAMY.... DAPPLED WITH DESIRE. A melancholy poem to love, loss and the tug of tradition." —Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times "BREATHTAKING. Every shot was surprising, deeply considered, intensely satisfying." —IndieWire "A ROAD MOVIE, A GUY MOVIE.... "DISQUIETING AND UNFORGETTABLE, like a good ghost story." —Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter —Ben Sachs, The Chicago Reader "UNFORGETTABLE. Images from the film are bound to stay with me forever." —E. Nina Rothe, Huffington Post
Celebrating almost 25 years as one of Americaʼs preeminent independent distributors, New York-based Zeitgeist Films has built an impressively diverse catalogue of foreign, documentary and arthouse titles by such renowned directors as Todd Haynes, the Quay Brothers, Olivier Assayas, Abbas Kiarostami, Guy Maddin, Atom Egoyan, Agnès Varda, Margarethe von Trotta, François Ozon, Derek Jarman, Jia Zhangke, Peter Greenaway, Yvonne Rainer, Philippe Garrel, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Carlos Saura, Kirby Dick and Jan Svankmajer. Recent and upcoming releases include: Let My People Go!, a raucous French comedy starring Almodovar leading lady Carmen Maura and co-scripted by Christophe Honoré; Koch, the entertaining new documentary on former NYC mayor Ed Koch and New York in the 1980s; Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, a new documentary about the famed photographer; Elena, the thrilling new film noir from Cannes-winning Russian filmmaker Andrey Zvyagintsev (The Return); Bill Cunningham New York, the hit documentary on eponymous legendary NY Times fashion photog. In August 2010, Zeitgeist became the exclusive home media distributor of KimStim, an eclectic Brooklyn-based arthouse label with a library of 50+ films from groundbreaking directors including Alain Resnais, Raul Ruiz, André Techiné, Chantal Akerman, Bela Tarr, Christophe Honoré, Hong Sang-Soo, François Ozon, Laurent Cantet, Seijun Suzuki, Jafar Panahi, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and Otar Iosseliani.
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February 25, 2013, 8:40 am - PR