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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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1917 Russian Revolution – HERE and NOW

September 30 - 19:30 - 21:00
Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue
London, SE16 4LF United Kingdom
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1st date. Also on 2 October Bunin condemned it; Mayakovsky praised it; Dostoyevsky foreshadowed it, and John Reed reported on it. What does the Revolution mean to people today? An exploration in text, music and dance. Mikhail Umanets’s project marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution and attempts to examine its significance. Read more (and in Russian) on our description page. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Demons), John Reed (Ten Days That Shook the World), Ivan Bunin (Cursed Days). Music by Dmitri Shostakovich…

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October 2017

1917 Russian Revolution – HERE and NOW

October 2 - 19:30 - 21:00
Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue
London, SE16 4LF United Kingdom
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2nd date. Also on 30 September Bunin condemned it; Mayakovsky praised it; Dostoyevsky foreshadowed it, and John Reed reported on it. What does the Revolution mean to people today? An exploration in text, music and dance. Mikhail Umanets’s project marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution and attempts to examine its significance. Read more (and in Russian) on our description page. Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Demons), John Reed (Ten Days That Shook the World), Ivan Bunin (Cursed Days). Music by Dmitri Shostakovich…

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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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Limestone Country

October 19 - 19:30 - 21:00
Sands Films, 82 St Marychurch Street
London, SE16 4HZ United Kingdom
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Prize-winning poet and writer Fiona Sampson asks whether we ignore the influence of ecology and even geology on the ways we chose to live. Do we miss something that is both politically important and intimately concerned with our quality of life? And what do we learn by comparing experiences across cultures? Limestone, found across the world, is a sedimentary rock, ceaselessly reshaped by time and water, made from the bones and shells of vanished oceans. In her new work Limestone Country,…

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The high Art of low Voices

October 27 - 19:45 - 22:00
St James Sussex Gardens, Sussex Gardens
London, W2 3UD United Kingdom
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Mozart • Verdi • Bizet Mussorgsky • Tchaikovsky Rachmaninoff • Shchedrin Maria Gulik — contralto Arshak Kuzikyan — bass Aleksei Demchenko — piano

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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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I Loved You All: About Russian Poet Boris Ryzhy

November 12 - 15:00 - 16:30
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square
London, WC1A 2TA United Kingdom
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Film screening and talk about Boris Ryzhy. The name Boris Ryzhy (1974-2001) came to light at the break of the century – just a few months before his untimely death. He was referred to as “the most talented poet of the generation”, while his poems, written in the 1990s, have affected the Russian contemporary literature in the most profound ways. Ryzhy, who took his own life when he was just 26 years old, has played a pivotal role in Russian…

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Александр Раппопорт: Архитектурная и эзотерическая перспектива

November 22 - 19:00 - 21:00
Pushkin House, 5A Bloomsbury Square
London, WC1A 2TA United Kingdom
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Александр Раппопорт - российский архитектор, теоретик архитектуры, архитектурный критик, искусствовед, доктор искусствоведения, член Союза архитекторов России, Международного комитета архитектурных критиков (International Committee of Architectural critics, CICA), Ассоциации искусствоведов, Союза дизайнеров России. «Теории архитектуры как таковой за последние сто лет успешного модернизма, построенного на  научно-технической и социально-экономической  революции, так и не появилось. Зато навязли в  зубах разговоры о гуманизации, экологизации и демократизации, которые  строятся на малоподтверждаемых надеждах. <…>  Мне пришлось заниматься вопросами теории  архитектуры последние 50 лет. И я пришел к  выводу…

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