“Wind Man” Original Motion Picture Score
Limited Edition of 1000 copies
Label: KMRCD 004
Film Date: 2007
Album Date: 2007
Loosely based on A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Khuat Akhmetov’s Wind Man (Chelovek-veter) takes place in the steppes of Kazakhstan where one unsuspecting village is about to meet an extraordinary visitor. During the middle of a thunderstorm, a man with wings (played by Igor Yasulovich) falls onto the ground. Is he an angel? Or is he the devil? What are his intentions? It all doesn’t matter, because the wing man is just a catalyst of crazy events, a serious of vignettes that unveil the corrupt nature of post-Soviet societies, who can’t tolerate anything that doesn’t fit into the category of normal.
After the discovery of the frail man, the villagers have an argument about what to do with him. While one Koranic scholar believes that the man is some sort of angel, the village mullah (Muslim leader) condemns the oddity a demon simply because he fails to understand Allah’s language. Then it’s up to the fat capitalist to make the final judgment on the man. When he concludes that the “angel” will fail to turn any profit and is just a financial liability, the poor soul is officially labeled as a burden. Village officials finally decide by the banning of the anomaly, who is still struggling to fly away…
Poteyenko’s haunting score gives the story an eternal, magical quality that’s also a great way to represent the deliberate anachronisms within the film. The music illustrates the great variety of reactions people approach the angel with: some are friendly and curious, others are neutral while the last group is religiously charged and frantically evil. From the percussive hunt to the glorious choral beauty of resurrection, you can also enjoy the winged man’s fantastic adventure through the illuminating score that also cleverly incorporates the sound of wind into its fabric.