Zero City (1989): dark absurdist tale in 10 frames

In the film Zero City (Город Зеро, 1989) by Karen Shakhnazarov, Buñuel meets Kafka, and Bakhtin’s notion of carnival, applied to Soviet daily life of the pre-collapse period, becomes perverted and reduces itself to a darkly troubling satire.

Mesmerising imagery and ambitious set design of the film lead me to refrain from much writing and instead choose 10 frames that, to my mind, are able to summarise the spirit of the film better than any words.

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