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Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (Nebesnye Ženy Lugovykh Mari)

Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (Nebesnye Ženy Lugovykh Mari)
  • 2012
  • Russia
  • 102 min
  • Directed by: Alexey Fedorchenko
  • Written by: Denis Osokin
  • Cast: Julia Aug, Yana Esipovich, Vasiliy Domrachev, Daria Ekamasova

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Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (Nebesnye Ženy Lugovykh Mari)

There’s no shortage of passion and mystery amongst the Volga-Finnic people of northern Russia…

Following the idiosyncratic Silent Souls (2010), director Alexey Fedorchenko again focuses on the rites and rituals of a Russian ethnic group, this time the enigmatic Meadow Mari, of the Ural Mountains. With names all beginning with ‘O’, such as Oshanyai, Osylay and Orika, the Mari gloriously demonstrate use of magic, ceremony and custom, creating a hugely enjoyable portrait of a community enthralled by nature and folklore.

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