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May 2017

The Ascent – Bосхождение

Sat 27th May '17 - 18:00 - 20:00
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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The Ascent (Russian: Восхождение, tr. Voskhozhdeniye) is a 1977 black-and-white Soviet drama film directed by Larisa Shepitko and made at Mosfilm. The movie was shot in January 1974 near Murom, Vladimir Oblast, Russia, in appalling winter conditions, as required by the script, based on the novel Sotnikov by Vasil Bykaŭ. It was Shepitko's last film before her death in a car accident in 1979. The film won the Golden Bear award at the 27th Berlin International Film Festival in 1977.…

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June 2017

Ménage à trois – ретро втроём: Pyotr Todorovsky (1998)

Sat 24th Jun '17 - 18:00 - 20:00
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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Sergei turns up unannounced at the Moscow apartment of his friend Kostya, who's married to a photographer, Rita. An actor, Sergei has left his own wife back home in the provinces to look for work. Sergei and Rita are soon exchanging glances and when Sergei offers to cool things down by moving out, Rita urges him to stay. When Kostya is called away on business, the inevitable happens. Kostya soon finds out the truth and, for a while, is angry…

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Screening & Discussion: ИЛЬФИПЕТРОВ – ILFANDPETROV with Roma Liberov

Fri 30th Jun '17 - 19:00 - 21:30
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square
London, WC1A 2TA United Kingdom
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Documentary animation film "ILFANDPETROV", is about the legendary Soviet satirist duo Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov, whose novels about con man Ostap Bender in The Twelve Chairs (1928) and The Little Golden Calf (1931) – are amongst the most beloved and frequently quoted works in Russian literature. In this film creators repeated the route of the book "One stored America" (as Little Golden America) and also visited Odessa, Moscow, Yaroslavl, Paris, added their film with revived paintings of the 1920s and…

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September 2017

Beginning of an Unknown Century

Sat 9th Sep '17 - 18:00 - 20:00
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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Dir.: Larisa Shepitko/Andrei Smirnov (Soviet Union, 1967) This two-part omnibus film was commissioned to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Revolution. Deemed too dark by Brezhnev’s censors, the film was immediately shelved, and first shown only twenty years later in 1987. Andrei Smirnov’s episode, Angel, is a story of everyday heroism and brutality during the Civil War years of the 1920s. It follows a group of refugees fleeing the conflict, whose train is derailed and captured by bandits. In Larisa…

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October 2017

Farewell — Прощание (1983)

Sat 14th Oct '17 - 18:00 - 20:30
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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As the white-raincoated officials from the mainland emerge from the mist we get the feeling of the doom that is to overtake the little island of Matyora and its people. It is to be flooded to become part of a vast Siberian hydro-electric project. We switch immediately to the people of the island and their way of life, which is depicted with great understanding of their essentially happy existence rooted in a love of nature and of traditions which go…

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November 2017

Pablo Neruda and the Soviet Union

Fri 3rd Nov '17 - 19:30 - 21:30
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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"I have never thought of my life as divided between poetry and politics," Pablo Neruda said when he accepted his presidential candidacy from the Chilean Communist Party. He was a prolific writer whose works ranged from sensual love poems to historical epics. Hailed as a poet for the common man, Neruda believed that poetry should capture the human condition. In his essay "Toward an Impure Poetry," he equates the imperfect human condition with poetry, "impure as the clothing we wear,…

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Taurus — Телец (2001)

Sat 11th Nov '17 - 18:00 - 20:30
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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Lenin... A man who changed the course of history and shook the world now lies dying in a countryside manor, surrounded by outsiders. All around him is hustle, bustle and concerns that cannot change anything. He himself knows that. It's all over. His body is weak, his conscience is failing. Despite everything, his will does not desert him - the will to fight, the will for power. Everything in this house is state property. Appointed guards and is wretched wife…

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May 2018

The Film “Chechen” by Beata Bubenets

May 22 - 19:00 - 22:00
Open Russia, 16 Hanover Square
London, W1S 1HT United Kingdom
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Film screening and Talk with Marina Razbezhkina. "CHECHEN", directed by Beata Bubenets (75 min) After the screening, there will be a conversation with Marina Razbezhkina. The documentary film, made by the graduates of Marina Razbezhkina & Mikhail Ugarov's Documentary Film and Theatre School (Moscow). A war in Ukraine, the war in Donbas and a strange person nicknamed Chechen who keeps appearing here and there.

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The Film “Optical Axis” by Marina Razbezhkina

May 23 - 19:00 - 22:00
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square
London, WC1A 2TA United Kingdom
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Film screening and Talk with Marina Razbezhkina. Russian photographer Maksim Dmitriev liked reality, and at the beginning of the 20 century, he photographed bums, workers, farmers, bankers, and monks. Hundred yours later we showed these photographs to nowadays heroes. And they recognized each other. "To understand how post-Soviet society works it is usually juxtaposed with Soviet society – or at least the idea of the latter that survived in our minds. Marina Razbezhkina, uncontested master of the documentary, takes a…

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Hunting for Reality. 4 documentary masterclasses with Marina Razbezhkina

May 25 - 12:00 - May 28 - 17:00
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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HUNTING FOR REALITY Our Documentary Film and Theatrе School has been operating in Moscow for 10 years now with no governmental financial support or any kind of patronage. All these years we have been hunting for reality and teaching the students to do the same. And reality is hunting for us, which constitutes constant challenge in our relationships with it. The programme of screenings and talks in London, May 2018, will be centered around the meaning of our contact with…

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