Ich-chi (2020)

Director: Kostas Marsan
Writer: Oleg Bogatov, Konstantin Danilov, Pavel Poluichik, Artem Zolotarev
Cast: Borislav Stepanov, Marina Vasilyeva, Ilya Yakovlev, Matrena Kornilova, Ilyana Pavlova, Dmitry Mikhailov, Sasha Andreev
Part of: SLASH Filmfestival
Seen on: 19.9.2020

Aysen (Borislav Stepanov) lives with his parents (Matrena Kornilova, Dmitry Mikhailov) on their remote farm in Yakutia. They live rather quiet lives, mostly busy with tending the lands. Aysen’s brother Timir (Ilya Yakovlev) on the other hand moved to the city and got married to Lisa (Marina Vasilyeva). When Timir, Lisa and their son Michil (Sasha Andreev) come to visit, things become tense. And once night breaks, everything becomes very strange.

Ich-chi is an interesting film that gave me a glimpse into a world I was barely aware of existing. Unfortunately, the last third got a little too confusing – and simply too dark. But it was unusual enough that it is definitely still worth seeing.

The film poster showing a Shaman with a drum, fire behind her.
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