July

Darezhan Omirbaev, Kazakhstan, 1988; 26 min.
Two boys on a hot summer afternoon on the steppe wander into a Bollywood movie. They want to go back for the second show but don't have enough money for a ticket, so they think up a scheme to earn the cash. Recounting the "plot" of this glorious short film from Darezhan Omirbaev doesn't begin to do it justice - it's as controlled a piece of filmmaking as you could hope to find, and a beautiful evocation of the landscape of childhood. Omirbaev was a master right from the start.