Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (Alexey Fedorchenko | Russia, 2012 | 106 minutes | Advised rating 15)
Alexey Fedorchenko | Russia, 2012 | 106 minutes | Advised rating 15
The second feature from Alexey Fedorchenko and Denis Osokin, ‘Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari’ plays as a series of cinematic folk tales, each focussing on a woman from the Mari people whose name begins with ‘O’. Equal parts absurd, hilarious, tragic and surreal, Celestial Wives is a joyous and profound celebration of the feminine as filtered through folk tale.
The film was preceded by ‘Cailleach’ (Rosie Reed Hillman / Scotland, 2014 / 14 minutes), a short documentary about an elderly woman on the Isle of Harris who lives alone with her sheep.