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Yevgeniy Yufit
Netherlands, Russia 2005 / 94’

What is the best destination for our final journey? An exotic country, or to the past? An ageing painter, the main protagonist of Bipedalism, seemingly chooses the latter only to be surprised by the proximity of this past and an exotically strange land. Raised in an orphanage, the painter moves with his family to the house in which his father, who died in unexplained circumstances, lived at the end of his life. A box found in the attic filled with film tapes, sketches and photos turns out to be a veritable Pandora’s box, releasing demons of the past, petty sins of one’s conscience and uncontrollable experiments. Fascinated, the son continues the father’s work only to become the latest victim of this unfinished masterpiece.

Urszula Lipińska

Yevgeniy Yufit

Yevgeniy Yufit was born in 1961. He gained acclaim for a series of short films, stylistically associated with movies of the 1920s and 1930s. In 1985, he founded an independent film studio called Mzhalala Film, the first Russian collective of artists, writers and directors interested in radical aesthetics. Yufit began making full-length films in the early 1990s, and based them on ideas from his earlier shorts, with genetic research at their core. Apart from directing, he photographs and paints. His works have been exhibited in Amsterdam, Düsseldorf and Hannover museums.

Selected filmography

1984 Sanitary-oborotni / Werewolf Orderlies (short)

1995 Derevyannaya komnata / The Wooden Room

1999 Serebryanye golovy / Silver Heads (co-dir.)

2002 Ubitye molniey / Killed by Lightning

2005 Dwunożność / Pryamokhozhdeniye / Bipedalism

Prepared by: Urszula Lipińska

Cast & Crew

director Yevgeniy Yufit
screenplay Yevgeniy Yufit, Igor Hadikov
cinematography Yevgeny Yufit, Dmitriy Alexseyev
sound Vazha Bzikadze, Kirill Morozov
cast Victor Mikhaiylov, Elena Sapozhinskaya, Nikolaiy Marton, Aleceiy Tarasov, Valereiy Kdishtapenko, Stanislav Ilyuhin
producer Igor Kalenov, Sergey Selyanov
production Film Company CTB, Nikola Film, The Hubert Bals Fund
sales Eye (Filmmuseum Netherlands)
source of print Yevgeniy Yufit
language Russian
colouration b&w