Hidden Treasure
Ali Hamroyev Films

April 25 - May 10, 2015

"If there is a giant who sits astride the history of Uzbek cinema, it's Ali Hamroyev. An artist of rock-solid humanism and amazing expressive power. Ali Hamroyev., one of those rare talents like Welles or Godard or Scorsese whose love for the medium is so intense that his best films burst with criss-crossing energies and insights, like a fireworks display. Hamroyev. is a towering figure, a wizard with landscapes (they all seem charged, often enchanted) and an instinctual genius with actors. Anyone interested in the Brechtian idea of the social gestus should study Hamroyev's ferocious 1972 masterpiece Without Fear, which deals with the Soviet modernization of a Muslim village in 1927 and the shock waves caused by the sight of unveiled women. Hamroyev's bravura talent isolates just the right gestures, merging the physical, the visual, and the dramatic with perfect precision. Nearly abstract visual forms of Hamroyev's Man Follows Birds, his 1975 medieval pocket epic, merits comparison with Paradjanov and Dovzhenko."

Kent Jones

 

Pera Film’s Hidden Treasure: Films of Ali Hamroyevprogram organized in collaboration with Seagull Films highlights the work not only of an overlooked director but also of a rich and under-explored frontier on the cinematic map. The cinema of the Central Asian Soviet republics began to emerge from the shadow of the USSR in the 1960s, with the decline of Stalinist politics and increased investment in regional film industries. In recent years, following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Central Asian cinema has come sharply into focus, with the growing recognition of distinct filmmaking traditions in each of its nations, and of a group of major filmmakers ripe for discovery in the west, including Tolomush Okeev of Kyrgyzstan, Darezhan Omirbaev and Ardak Amirkulov of Kazakhstan, and, preeminently, Ali Hamroyev of Uzbekistan.

Born in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent in 1937, Hamroyev was educated at VGIK, the famed Soviet state film school, where he was part of the prominent new generation of visionary directors that emerged in the wake of Khrushchev’s great Thaw in Soviet arts (among them Gherman, Iosseliani, Pelechian, Paradjanov, and Tarkovsky). Hamroyev made his directing debut in 1964 and first attracted critical attention with the 1966 adultery drama White, White Storks. He achieved popular success in the late 1960s and 1970s with a series of action films set in Central Asia during the civil wars of 1920s: Red Sands, The Extraordinay Comisar, The Bodyguard, and his biggest hit, The Seventh Bullet. Resembling American spaghetti westerns, these films deftly mix ideological issues with superb action scenes and stunning landscapes. As critic Olaf Möller (Film Comment) notes, " Hamroyev is a born storyteller...a Genghis Khan-ian giant of genre filmmaking."

Hamroyev also began expanding his range, becoming "a director of extraordinary versatility" (Peter Rollberg, Historical Dictionary of Russian and Soviet Cinema). Man Follows Birds, perhaps his most acclaimed film, is a phantasmagoric medieval odyssey that evokes Paradjanov and Tarkovsky (the latter both an inspiration and a personal friend). There are strong autobiographical elements in his period pieces Triptych and I Remember You. Hamroyev also directed musicals, documentaries, and historical epics. Recurring themes in his films include the oppression of women and the conflict between traditional and progressive forces.

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Acknowledgements
Mardjani Foundation

April 25

14:00 White, White Storks

May 2

14:00 The Bodyguard

May 3

14:00 The Seventh Bullet

May 6

19:00 The Seventh Bullet

May 7

19:00 White, White Storks

May 8

19:00 Man Follows Bırds

21:00 The Bodyguard

May 9

15:00 Bo Ba Bu

19:00 I Remember You

May 10

14:00 Bo Ba Bu

16:00 I Remember You

18:00 Man Follows Bırds

White, White Storks

White, White Storks

Bo Ba Bu

Bo Ba Bu

The Seventh Bullet

The Seventh Bullet

Man Follows Bırds

Man Follows Bırds

The Bodyguard

The Bodyguard

I Remember You

I Remember You

Program Trailer

Hidden Treasure
Ali Hamroyev Films

Hidden Treasure: Films of Ali Hamroyev program highlights the work not only of an overlooked director but also of a rich and under-explored frontier on the cinematic map.

Director Ali Hamroyev in Conversation

Director Ali Hamroyev in Conversation

Giacometti: Early Works

Giacometti: Early Works

Organized in collaboration with the Giacometti Foundation, Paris, the exhibition explores Giacometti’s prolific life, most of which the artist led in his studio in Montparnasse, through the works of his early period as well his late work, including one unfinished piece. Devoted to Giacometti’s early works, the first part of the exhibition demonstrates the influence of Giovanni Giacometti, the father of the artist and a Swiss Post-Impressionist painter himself, on Giacometti’s output during these years and his role in his son’s development. 

It’s better to burn out than to fade away

It’s better to burn out than to fade away

In 1962 Philip Corner, one of the most prominent members of the Fluxus movement, caused a great commotion in serious music circles when during a performance entitled Piano Activities he climbed up onto a grand piano and began to kick it while other members of the group attacked it with saws, hammers and all kinds of other implements.

Modernity Building the Modern / Reshaping the Modern

Modernity Building the Modern / Reshaping the Modern

A firm believer in the idea that a collection needs to be upheld at least by four generations and comparing this continuity to a relay race, Nahit Kabakcı began creating the Huma Kabakcı Collection from the 1980s onwards. Today, the collection can be considered one of the most important and outstanding examples among the rare, consciously created, and long-lasting ones of its kind in Turkey.