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Few of Us

Screening on Film
Directed by Sharunas Bartas.
With Katerina Golubeva, Piotr Kishteev, Sergei Tulayev.
Portugal/France/Germany/Lithuania, 1996, 35mm, color, 105 min.

A young woman (Katerina Golubeva, who appears in nearly all of Bartas’s films) arrives by helicopter in a remote village of Siberia inhabited by the Tofalars, a nomadic Asian people who were forced to settle in this wilderness in the early part of the twentieth century. She spends her wordless days amongst the silent villagers, whose nomadic spirit seems frozen in their motionless gazes; has a dangerous encounter; and then, presumably, leaves again by helicopter. We never learn the reason for her visit, nor the nature of her connections to these people, but something of consequence occurs to her and to them, after which life seems to resume its rhythms.

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