The Asthenic Syndrome consists of two seemingly unrelated stories. In the first, shot in black and white, we follow a deeply depressed woman who just buried her husband and who is about to destroy everything around her, including herself. The second story, shot in color, shows a teacher who suffers from the Asthenic Syndrome, causing him to fall asleep in the most crowded places of an overwhelmingly chaotic city. But it’s not so much the plot that makes up the main fabric of this masterpiece. Like in a radically exquisite poem, The Asthenic Syndrome takes you to places in your psyche that you’d didn’t know existed- but that you recognise instantly as spaces that need to be explored.
Sadly, Kira Muratova passed away in June of this year and it’s with the screening of her most acclaimed film we pay hommage to her exceptional legacy.
Screened on 35mm.