TIFF 2011: Ricky D’s 10 Alternative Picks #6: Trailer for Ruslan Pak’s ‘Hanaan’
One of the better received world premieres at Locarno, where it debuted in the Filmmakers of the Present sidebar, this crime-drama Hanaan by director Ruslan Pak got my attention after reading a review form IndieWire which described it as: “If Robert Bresson directed an episode of The Wire, it might look something like sad world of drug-fueled anger and broken dreams that dominate first-time director Ruslan Pak’s Hanaan.” That description along with the fantastic trailer (seen below), is more than enough reason to place Hanaan on this list.
Among the ethnic Koreans of Uzbekistan, the word hanaan means “promised land,” the land of milk and honey. The dream of hanaan has led thousands of migrants to face profound hardship in hope of a better life abroad, but for Stas (Stanislav Tyan), whose family has lived in Uzbekistan for three generations, the word doesn’t mean much.[vsw id=”hHLjjr3IxqM” source=”youtube” width=”500″ height=”425″ autoplay=”no”]