Kin Dza Dza

  • Directors: Georgi Daneliya
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Georgi Daneliya, Revaz Gabriadze
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Actors: Stanislav Lyubshin, Yevgeni Leonov, Yury Yakovlev

The story takes place on the desert planet “Pluke” in the “Kin-dza-dza” galaxy, where two Soviet humans previously unknown to each other (“Uncle Vova”, a gruff construction foreman from Moscow, and “The Fiddler”, a student from Georgia) are stranded due to an accidental encounter with an alien teleportation device. The movie describes their long quest to find a way back home.

The natives of the planet appear human, with deceptively primitive-looking technology and a barbaric culture, which satirically resembles that of humans. They are telepathic; the only spoken words normally used in their culture are “ku” (koo) and “kyu” (kew), the latter being a swear word. However, the Plukanians are able to quickly adapt to understand and speak Russian. The society of Pluke is divided into two categories: Chatlanians and Patsaks. Chatlanians are privileged, and a system of rituals must be followed by the Patsaks to show flattery. The basis of their difference is unexplainable (a source of a humorous episode), and for all practical matters they are distinguished with aid of a small handheld device (visator).

The only group empowered to use weapons (“tranklucators”) and enforce their will is the ecilops. The nominal leader of the Plukanian society is named PG; everybody makes their best to display fervent worship to him, but, when encountered in person, he appears harmless and dumb. The fuel of Pluke is called lootz and is made from water. All naturally present water has apparently been processed into lootz, so drinking water is a valuable commodity (in fact, it can only be made from lootz).

The dystopian setting is often considered to be an allegorical depiction of Soviet society. Usually, Daneliya’s prominence and reputation is cited as the sole reason this bizarre and ambiguous motion picture made it past strict Soviet censorship.

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