Archive of films Parched Land / Peresochla zemlja

2004, 25 min

Section: East of the West - Out of Competition
Year: 2005

In a parched land dotted with iron structures, a simpleminded water deliverer unexpectedly runs into a markedly shabby angel, but there’s no communicating with him. He puts the angel into a cage and an oddly decked out crowd gathers around it. However, the apparition of an angel says nothing to them, so they abandon themselves to jubilant merrymaking.


Parched land broken up by iron structures. Here, a simple-minded water deliverer unexpectedly runs into a terribly pitiful angel with drooping wings, but there’s no communicating with him. He puts God’s messenger, now an apathetic wreck, into a cage in order to share him with his fellow countrymen. Crowds of people decked out in carnival gear rush to see the fairground curiosity, but the angel’s presence means nothing to them. Out of boredom they abandon themselves to jubilant merrymaking which soon develops into an uninhibited orgy.... This feature debut by a young director oscillates between fairground spectacle and the parable implied by the motif: a man found and killed his angel by rashly throwing him to a gluttonous crowd incapable of compassion, indifferent to mystery. The strange mystique and ambiguity of the event is strengthened by the poetic expression of the image.

About the director

Taras Tomenko (b. 1976, Kiev) graduated in philology from the National Taras Shevchenko University in Kiev and in film from the Kiev State Institute of Performing Arts. He created the successful shorts The Slaughterhouse (Boynya, 1999) and The Shooting Gallery (Tyr, 2001), the latter awarded at the Berlinale.


Zoloti Vorota
Saksaganskyj Street 6, 01033, Kiev
Tel: +380 44 227 4672
Fax: +380 44 227 4672

About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: East of the West - Out of Competition
Director: Taras Tomenko
Screenplay: Taras Tomenko
Dir. of Photography: Mychajlo Markov/Myhailo Markov
Music: Kipras Mashanauskas
Editor: Natalja Lebeda/Nataliya Lebeda
Producer: Taras Tomenko
Production: Zoloti Vorota
Cast: Mychajlo Golubovič/Myhailo Golubovych, Sergij Syplivyj/Sergiy Syplyvyy
Contact: Zoloti Vorota


Taras Tomenko

Film Director / Producer, Film Director

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