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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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November 2017

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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