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April 2017

In Search of Asarkan

April 28 - 19:00 - 21:00
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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Who was Asarkan? Moscow guru of the 1960? Self-made hippie? Hobo? Gonzo? Trendsetter? Existentialist? Rootless manipulator? Brilliant journalist? Theatre reviewer? Russian Socrates? Stage director? Dostoyevsky's Man from the underground? City explorer? All of the above? For answers, watch Vladimir Paperny's documentary IN SEARCH OF ASARKAN (55 minutes, Russian w/ English subs) - a touching personal story, which combines biography with cultural analysis. After the screening, Alexander Asarkan's friends and relatives will share their memories of the man and the epoch…

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May 2017

Вечер c Еленой Макаровой в Пушкинском Доме

May 5 - 19:00 - 20:30
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square
London, WC1A 2TA United Kingdom
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Елена Макарова - писатель, историк, искусствотерапевт, режиссер-документалист, куратор выставок. На ее счету свыше 40 книг, переведенных на 11 языков.Родилась в семье поэтов Григория Корина и Инны Лиснянской. Училась скульптуре в Суриковском институте и у Эрнста Неизвестного (1967—1974), в 1974 г. закончила Литературный институт имени А. М. Горького.В 1990 году переехала в Иерусалим. В настоящее время живёт в Хайфе. Переписка Инны Лиснянской и Елены Макаровой — документ эпохи. Это не просто переписка дочери и матери, разделенных волею обстоятельств тысячами километров и множеством государственных…

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Свобода в неволе и несвобода на воле – Friedl & Elena Makarova

May 9 - 19:00
White Space, 6 Pall Mall East
London, SW1Y 5BF United Kingdom
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Елена Макарова — писатель, историк, арт-терапевт, режиссер-документалист, куратор выставок. На ее счету больше 40 книг, переведенных на 11 языков. Макаровой тесно в одной реальности. Поэтому она постоянно создает новые. И ведет оттуда для нас прямые репортажи при помощи книг, выставок, документальных фильмов и всяких других художественных средств, делающих невидимые большинству из нас миры видимыми. Словом, Макарова доказала, что телепортация — не просто выдумка фантастов, а вполне будничное дело. И для того, чтобы в этом убедиться,остается только следить за ее творчеством.…

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The Ascent – Bосхождение

May 27 - 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)

June 24 - 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

June 30 - 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

September 9 - 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)

October 14 - 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

November 3 - 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)

November 11 - 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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