in about 100 words or less
USSR 135m, Colour
Director: Georgiy Daneliya; Cast: Stanislav Lyubshin, Yevgeni Leonov, Yury Yakovlev, Levan Gabriadze
Kin-dza-dza! is a brilliantly bizarre dystopian science fiction movie set in the Kin-dza-dza galaxy on the planet Plyuk which is near devoid of its natural resources, and where social status is based on the colour of your pants. Essentially a buddy movie, Mashkov and Gedevan are two unsuspecting Russian citizens who are accidentally transported to Plyuk where they are befriended by a pair of capitalistic, nose-bell trading, telepathic entertainers who want nothing more than the box of matches that Mashkov has in his pocket. As outsiders, they must adopt the galaxy’s hilariously strange customs if they hope to find a way back to earth in this superbly conceived, darkly humorous, and thoughtful social satire (Klaus Ming June 2013).