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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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June 2017

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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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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May 2017

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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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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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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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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We’ll live till Monday

April 22 - 18:00 - 20:00
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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WE'LL LIVE TILL MONDAY Доживём до понедельника Stanislav ROSTOTSKY (1968) Ilya Semenovich Melnikov is a history teacher in an ordinary Soviet high school. He is a very good teacher and his students and colleagues treat him with a great deal of respect. However, Melnikov faces a lot of difficulties in his work. In particular, everybody at school is spreading rumors about Natalya Sergeyevna, an Enlish language teacher and a former student of Melnikov, being in love with him. Exhausted by…

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The Geographer drank his Globe Away

April 8 - 16:00 - 18:00
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square
London, WC1A 2TA United Kingdom
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Russian drama film made in 2013, directed by Alexander Veledinsky, based on the novel by Alexey Ivanov. The film participated in the XXIV Open Russian Film Festival "Kinotavr" in Sochi and was awarded the main prize. In Russian with English subtitles. The main character, a biologist named Victor Sluzhkin signs on as a teacher of geography in a secondary school in his native Perm (in the Urals) and gets lost in a haze of hard vodka, desperate love for a nymphet-like…

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March 2017

Гори гори моя звезда — Shine Shine My Star (1969)

March 18 - 18:00 - 20:30
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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“The peasant is on a farm. The worker is in the industry, and the bourgeois bloodsucker is on the Black Sea.” Shine, Shine, My Star (Gori, Gori, Moya Zvezda), a 1969 film from director Alexander Mitta, is a gem of Soviet cinema which examines the role of Art in society and asks whether or not an Artist can perform and create without political consequences. A complex, subtle and highly symbolic film, Shine, Shine, My Star presents the story of a…

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