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May 2018

The Film “Optical Axis” by Marina Razbezhkina

Wed 23rd May '18 - 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

Fri 25th May '18 - 12:00 - Mon 28th May '18 - 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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July 2018

Askold Kurov ‘The Trial: The State of Russia Vs Oleg Sentsov’, 2017

Tue 3rd Jul '18 - 19:00 - 21:00
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square
London, WC1A 2TA United Kingdom
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Join us for a special documentary screening of The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov. Oleg Sentsov is a Ukrainian film director who is serving a twenty-year sentence in a high-security prison camp in the Russian Far North. He has been on hunger strike since May 14th to protest the detention of Ukrainian political prisoners. In Russian with English subtitles. About the film The Trial: The State of Russia vs Oleg Sentsov by Askold Kurov Estonia / Poland…

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Kira Muratova ‘The Asthenic Syndrome’, 1990

Sat 14th Jul '18 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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The film consists of two unrelated stories: one is shot in black-and-white and the other in colour. In the first story a woman who recently buried her husband is in a constant state of depression (and sometimes even direct aggression) ends up facing people like her, who are on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The hero of the second story is a school teacher. As a result of personal predicaments and problems at work he has gotten the Asthenic…

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January 2019

Brief Encounters (1967) by Kira Muratova

Sat 19th Jan '19 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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The film is about a love triangle between three very different people. Nadia, a country girl, falls in love with Maksim, a roaming guitar-playing geologist, and in her search for him she ends up working for Valentina, his long-distance, bureaucrat wife. Nadia begins to work as a maid for Valya, but as they spend time together we can see flashbacks to their brief meetings with Maksim. Finally, news arrives of Maksim's return to Valya. On the day of his return…

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April 2019

Aleksandr Rogozhkin, “The Cuckoo”, 2002

Sat 27th Apr '19 - 18:00 - 20:30
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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Screening with introduction and discussion.   The Cuckoo is a 2002 Russian historical comedy drama film directed by Aleksandr Rogozhkin.   September of 1944, a few days before Finland went out of the Second World War. A chained to a rock Finnish sniper-kamikadze Veikko managed to set himself free. Ivan, a captain of the Soviet Army, arrested by the Front Secret Police 'Smersh', has a narrow escape. They are soldiers of the two enemy armies. A Lapp woman Anni gives…

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May 2019

Tangerines,Zaza Urushadze,2013

Sat 18th May '19 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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Film screening with introduction and discussion   In a rural village of ethnic Estonians in Abkhazia, a Russian-backed separatist region in the newly independent Georgia, Ivo (Lembit Ulfsak) and his friend Margus (Elmo Nüganen) are the only two of their once large community who have not fled for Estonia after the outbreak of the war. Margus has delayed leaving until he can harvest his lucrative tangerine crop. Ivo, a carpenter, is attempting to make enough wooden crates to hold all…

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June 2019

Aleksandr Sokurov, Moscow Elegy (1987)

Sat 15th Jun '19 - 18:00 - 21:00

Film screening with introduction and discussion. One of Sokurov's series of 'elegies', this is a tribute to his former mentor Andrei Tarkovsky who died in 1986. A long way removed from a conventional documentary, it is more a meditation on Tarkovsky, an attempt to capture his essence, than a chronological account of his life and work. Sokurov visits Tarkovsky's one-time Moscow apartment and speculates on why he went into exile and what his legacy is to Russian cinema. The style…

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January 2020

Wordless Russian Animation

January 25 - 18:00 - 21:00
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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Screening and talk with composer, producer and co-author of many Alex Budovsky's films Stephen Coates. Born in St-Petersburg, Russia on January 21st, 1975.Moved to New York in 1994.In 2000 graduated from Brooklyn College, (bachelor of Arts) with emphasis on film. 2002 - present: Animator, producer, scriptwriter and director of award winning animated music videos, educational animations for children, independent shorts and commercial ads. From 2010 to 2019 directed episodes of several animated TV series for major Russian animation studios in…

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February 2020

Russian film study: Faryatev’s Fantasies (1979)

February 8 - 18:00 - 21:30

Film screening with introduction and discussion. A film about the relationship of two families in a provincial town centered on the figure of Faryatev, a dreamer who longs to change his dreary life.

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