We’ve selected five of our favourite love stories on Klassiki for this weekend.
From Russian romantic comedies to Central Asian coming-of-age biopics, there’s certainly something for everyone to fall in love with.
The Heron and the Crane (1974), Yuri Norstein
A wonderfully whimsical tale of amorous indecision and self-destruction from the undisputed master of animation Yuri Norstein.
This sprightly ten-minute animation details a “will they won’t they” romance between a dashing heron and a vaudeville crane. Ultimately in this tale, hope is not a thing with feathers, but pride certainly is.
Selkinchek (1993), Aktan Abdykalykov
This director’s debut is a tender testament to the transformative experience of first love.
A deeply personal work, Abdykalykov draws on his own childhood in a small Kyrgyz village to paint a resonant picture of passion. The word ‘selkinchek’ means ‘swing’ in Kyrgyz; Mirlan spends his days pushing Ainura, the object of his affections, on this childish symbol of joy. Then, the visit of a sailor and a shell shatters Mirlan’s dreams. For the first time, he endures the sweeping highs and lows of love. Shot in nostalgic black and white and rife with symbolism, this delicate classic deftly explores the rampant pain and unbridled passion of first love.