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- Posted on May 6th 2010 1:30PM by Marina Galperina
Pavla's proposal to make 'Pied Piper of Hutzovina' was an obvious ploy for Hutz's heart, but the romantic drama of partially-requited attraction fades to the background of their travels. From the Gyspy villages of Karpaty to his hometown Kiev, Hutz is on a mission. Thanks to our friends at SnagFilms, you're invited.
Pavla asks Hutz whether he visited the Gypsy camps before and he retorts: "Where do you find this girl? She puts me in a movie and doesn't know anything about me?" At the camps Hutz visited as a child, he now hears medleys of Gypsy songs versions of which he fanatically collected over the years. Pavla dances with the kids, Hutz duets, but the reality of the impoverished camp as a village ghetto is sobering. It sets the background tension of the film: What is cultural influence?
The journey continues as Hutz travels to Kiev to meet the director of the National Gypsy Theatre in Kiev and his idol, performer Sasha Kolpakov. Hutz tries to entice them with his experimental brew of music at the time -- Gypsy Hip Hop. One shuts him down brutally as a culture butcher while the other, over shots, approves of Hutz helping to popularize Gypsy music, in whatever method or form that works.
Eventually, Hutz and Pavla end up on a shattered cement stoop near the dilapidated Kiev high-rise where Hutz grew up. Hutz sinks into pleasant nostalgia, strumming his guitar and amusing drunk passerby locals. He walks through the "spiritual motherland" of hallways and introduces the grand matriarch of his heart, the fabled Grandma Shura. Then, it's back to the stage, the international hybrid rock show and the infectious energy that makes concert injuries worth it, whether or not you're able to tell what exactly "it" is or where it comes from.
Though the filmmaker did not ultimately romance the rock star, she explored his identity and produced memorable vérité snippets. Part docu-portrait, part road movie, the film is a fun, lo fi trip. Check it out below.