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Vano is the king of a small country. It is a beautiful and rich land, coveted by its neighbours. Vano is always at war. As is to be expected, he is surrounded by dissatisfied, hypocritical, jealous and treacherous courtiers. Queen Eka is bored and even a well-designed chastity-belt is no obstacle. Luckily, the sultan's favourite, Lia, won in a lively battle, is a very good replacement queen. Unfortunately, she has not forgiven her captor and her vengeance takes the shape of a chalice of poisoned wine. But either Vano is too tough or Lia's hand is too light...
"Iosseliani, eccentric by vocation and choice, bandles the horror of the repressive Stalinian system with unbelievable precision...By ignoring narrative convention, he makes the words useless. He tackles the arguments in his vain struggle against the cycles of historical activity with total freedom. "Brigands, chapitre VII" is an intelligent and sharp entertainment that plays down the seriousness and horror in order to reveal the full scope of the absurd." (La Republica)
"An ironic and surrealistic fable on the inexhaustible thirst for power and the inexorable desire to dominate that has always typified the human race." (Messagero Veneto)