OLEG AND THE RARE ARTS
DOLBY STEREO, 67MIN, HD, 2016
Oleg Nikolaevich Karavaichuk at 89 years of age continues to be a controversial and enigmatic figure for Russian culture. Who is this man who looks like character out of a story by Gogol? Is it a servant of the Tsar Nikolas II who was entrusted with the piano the palace to keep alive the spirit of the past? Oleg with his art challenges the identity of their country transforming and reinventing every moment.
An older man who dresses like a beatnik walks the Hermitage quietly and in leisurely pace. He approaches the camera and closes his eyes. He seems induced ecstasy of the beauty of art around him. He talks about how he came into the museum despite the snow and describes in detail his feat. His words and gestures begin to take effect. Oleg's presence fills all with poetry and music. We move away from reality.
Few times we are faced with a complex individual who can disarm our prejudices. His chameleon personality is the symptom and the antidote to these times. The cure against social conventions, the monolithic construction of the artist and the man. But if Oleg Nikolaevich has agreed to make this film is not for throwing us into the vortex of uncertainty. On the contrary, he wants to reconcile us with the world. And he gets it through the arts. His arts. Something like the unsuspected beauty of a careless stroke or the clash of two dissonant notes in a melody.
“Oleg y las raras artes” is about the arts as a means of liberation and the testimony of a great composer who still lives to defends it.