In the snowy Northern wilderness, one of the coldest places on Earth, a couple Nanook and Sedna live isolated from the rest of humanity. Each day for them is a difficult one, as their traditional way of life erodes, and the environment becomes more and more unpredictable with the ice melting earlier each year. Around them animals die from inexplicable deaths, and reindeer, once plentiful, are barely seen. Despite these tough circumstances, Nanook and Sedna take pleasure in telling each other stories of legend, in sharing their dream encounters, and in recalling the exploits of their ancestors. Their only connection to the outside world is Chena, who visits them regularly, and updates them on their estranged daughter, Ága, who left to work in a diamond mine. Sedna longs to see her daughter again, despite Nanook’s stubborn refusal. Eventually, a long journey ensues in the hope of a reunion. Lazarov and his superb cinematographer Kaloyan Bozhilov take full advantage of the dramatic snowy landscape in this captivating tale of a disappearing way of life, generational conflict and an enduring love.
[A]n exquisitely shot and very moving film about an ageing couple who appear to exist alone on the edge of the world... A fiction with a documentarian’s eye and feel... Lazarov and his cinematographer Kaloyan Bozhilov never cease to amaze. – Demetrios Matheou, Screen International
[A] handsome paean to a dying culture. – Jay Weissberg, Variety
Milko Lazarov is a Bulgarian writer, director and film lecturer at the National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia. He won the prize for Best Director of a Debut Film at Venice for his first feature Alienation (2013). Ága is his second feature film.
Festival guests: Milko Lazarov and Veselka Kiryakova
Travelling Film Festival Newcastle, June 22 - 24: Tickets also available for Ága at TFF Newcastle.