DiS Film Discussion Club #7: Koktebel (2003)


#1

our next film was chosen by @bugduv !!!

Koktebel (aka Roads to Koktebel) (2003)
Dir.: Boris Khlebnikov, Aleksei Popogrebsky
Country: Russia

Trailer:

Streaming:
Here’s a link to watch it on youtube in two parts with eng subtitles:

It doesn’t appear to be on the usual streaming sites but you might find it in some other dark corners of the internet. There are DVDs avaliable on ebay etc as well, and it is on cinema paradiso to rent if you have that.

N.B. this’ll be my last time organising film club so if anyone wants to take it over then give me a PM.

Enjoy!


#2

I remember thinking this film was pretty good. not sure if I’ll rewatch it though, I don’t think I can tolerate a 2 part youtube experience. Only other film I’ve seen by either of them was How I Ended This Summer which was also quite good as far as I remember.

I have enjoyed participating in this film club. thanks for organising it eric.


#3

I bought mine from Fopp for about £4.

I don’t mind watching films online, but if i really like something i tend to feel a bit of disappointment at not having seen a good quality version on a bigger screen.


#4

Agreed, though I don’t have a tv so watch pretty much everything on my laptop. still, watching something with good cinematography in 360pp seems like a step too far.

(still might end up doing it though)


#5

dont read the plot synopsis on IMDB


#6

Managed to get it down to a shortlist of six, which just in case anyone’s interested in watching any of them were this and…

Nói Albinói (Dagur Kári)
Tangerines (Zaza Urushadze)
The Panic in Needle Park (Jerry Schatzberg)
Cherry Blossoms (Doris Dörrie)
Stroszek (Werner Herzog)


#7

have you seen this? keep meaning to when I hear about it but haven’t got round to it, much good?


#8

dunno why you do this, only got yourself to blame


#9

imdb usually is good at giving a brief description of what the films about


#10

Rewatched this last night. Wasn’t quite as good as i remember it being but it still ticks all the boxes for me in terms of being cinematically stunning, not being overly reliant on dialogue and having fleshed-out, relatable characters. Really, really love the dynamic between the father and son, though one thing i took from the odd piece of dialogue was maybe it’s not his biological son which sort of adds a layer to their relationship for me, idk.

As dreamy road movies go it ranks pretty highly for me, probably my favourite along with Scarecrow (Pacino/Hackman). Kind of like how the kid’s the most level-headed character. Seems to be the only person in the film who’s not resigned to his fate.


#11

anyone managed to find a non-youtube source?


#12

Thanks, lads!


#13

If nobody else has got anything planned i might pick up the reins from Eric on this. Would be a shame if it fell by the wayside given so many people expressed an interest. I’ll pick another film a bit later on.


#14

Yeah, saw it quite recently. A bit shaggy dog but very good, a lesser appreciated Pacino performance.


#15

yeah I’d like to see a Season 2, though it seemed like there was diminishing interest for each film


#16

same. i think personally the time between films was too long and cause there was no set day where the next choice was made, it doesnt give you any drive to watch the film on selection


#17

yeah, maybe. although I probably wouldn’t have managed to watch half of them if it was any more frequent than every two weeks


#18

yeab I do appreciate people are busy each week. just think most other clubs seem to be weekly and if theres a shorter timeframe, itl give people a need to watch the film.

or at least, give a date as to when the next one will be


#19

just want to apologise for being so shit at posting in these threads

the last few films came at a really busy period for me and I’ve not had many weekends or evenings recently.

I would love to keep doing this cause I actually really like watching films when I get round to it.

would be great if Eric or @bugduv continued it


#20

yeah if this continues I think I need to set myself artificial deadlines or I will find it hard to schedule

ooo look at me with my busy life