Ali Hamroyev Films
Man Follows Bırds
Director: Ali Hamroyev
USSR, Uzbekistan, 1975, 87’, color
Cast: Dzhanik Faiziyev, Dilorom Kambarova
Russian with Turkish subtitles
A young boy gets a brutal sentimental education under the open skies of medieval Uzbekistan. Ali Hamroyev’s stylistic tour de force is almost unclassifiable - a mystic vision, an eastern western, a pageant of color and movement, a portrait of adolescence painted in broad, expressionistic strokes. MAN FOLLOWS BIRDS moves from one sumptuous moment to the next - rides through ecstatically colored landscapes, a trio of friends waking up covered in apple blossoms, the hero imagining his beautiful and long-dead mother in images that have an abstract power and beauty. A film that truly deserves the word "visionary."