Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (Nebesnye Ženy Lugovykh Mari)

  • Alexey Fedorchenko /
  • Russia /
  • 2012 /
  • 102 mins

Julia Aug, Yana Esipovich, Vasiliy Domrachev, Daria Ekamasova, Olga Dobrina, Yana Troyanova, Olga Degtyarova, Alexandr Ivashkevich, Yana Sexte / Fiction / Russian, Mari

There’s no shortage of passion and mystery amongst the Volga-Finnic people of northern Russia…

Following the idiosyncratic Silent Souls (2010), director Alexey Fedorchenko again focuses on the rites and rituals of a Russian ethnic group, this time the enigmatic Meadow Mari, of the Ural Mountains. With names all beginning with ‘O’, such as Oshanyai, Osylay and Orika, the Mari gloriously demonstrate use of magic, ceremony and custom, creating a hugely enjoyable portrait of a community enthralled by nature and folklore.

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  • #1 Ian White / Wednesday 26 June, 2013 / 23:36 GMT

    EIFF, with this film you have delivered my annual delight.

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