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still The Needle (Rashid Nugmanov, SU 1989)

The Needle

Rashid Nugmanov / SUHH, 1989 / 81 min.

For her exhibition at Eye, Saodat Ismailova selected films that inspired her. The iconic Soviet musician Viktor Tsoi, leader of the rock band Kino, plays a mysterious drifter locked in conflict with drug dealers. With the now famous soundtrack by Tsoi.

poster The Needle (Rashid Nugmanov, SU 1989)

Especially for her exhibition 18,000 Worlds, Saodat Ismailova selected films that provide an impression of the unfortunately unknown, yet exceptional cinematic history of Central Asia. For many years, filmmakers had to tow the line with Soviet ideology. Within these constraints, they developed their own way of portraying their countries, stories and culture. This created a unique cinematic legacy, the majority of which has never been seen outside the former Soviet Union. This film programme is an ode to the inspiring filmmakers from the region who, despite all the challenges, always continued to make films.

Saodat Ismailova about The Needle: “This iconic Central Asian film features the rock star Viktor Tsjoi, who died very young. The Needle is an exponent of the Kazakh New Wave, that emerged during Perestroika. Suddenly, there was artistic freedom: everything that had been banned, flourished. This period has been forgotten, but the film has a unique, free style characteristic of the early 1990s in that part of the region”.

Check out the exhibition page for the other audience programmes accompanying the exhibition and the screenings of Central Asian films. Films specially selected for 18,000 Worlds can also be viewed on the Eye Film Player.

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Saodat Ismailova

In 18,000 Worlds, Saodat Ismailova explores the invisible foundations of Central Asia. Moving from personal to collective memory, she connects myths from the region to its recent history and addresses its spiritual heritage for healing. In 2022, the artist and filmmaker received the Eye Art & Film Prize for her oeuvre, in which she devotes attention to the complex, layered culture of her motherland. This is her first major retrospective exhibition.

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