Strange Colours

May 2018
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Director: Alena Lodkina

Presented by: Alena Lodkina


2017, Australia, 85 MIN, DCP

Program Notes

Strange Colours is a sensitive, observational portrait of Milena, a young woman who travels to New South Wales, Australia to visit her sick father upon his request. Milena begins navigating this foreign landscape, a place she has never been—both physically and emotionally. She finds herself befriending the locals while working to come to terms with her estranged relationship with her father.

The narrative takes place in the opal mining township of Lightening Ridge. Stagnant flies, bleached rocks, dark caves, and lush vocal patterns of insects form a distinct ambience. Descriptive camera perspectives that fixate upon uniquely detailed moments establish a sensitivity, a sensation of disconnect, allowing viewers a space to breathe and immerse themselves into this world.

Premiering last year at the Venice Film Festival, Strange Colours is the first feature film by Russian‑Australian director, Alena Lodkina. It is a sweet, meditative piece that is sensitive to the intricacies and complexities of estranged parental relations. Using mainly nonprofessional actors who move naturally through the desert landscape, Lodkina creates a memorable portrayal of a young woman and her immediate surroundings with a unique tenderness, sculpted in a direct and refreshing manner. (Margaret Rorison).


Screening with:
DAHLIA, Ana Mouyis, 2017, USA, 4 MIN

Through a metaphorical narrative about love, Dahlia explores a relationship between two people which is burdened by mental illness. Journey through a colorful and ever-changing world; a hand painted realm that shifts and morphs to portray a darkened state of mind.


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