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A short burst of hilarity. The three little pigs have an unexpected guest one cold winter night. A colourfully energetic animation. ... Read more
Home movies by cosmonauts onboard the space station 'Mir'. A slapstick look at the lighter side of life and weightlessness in space. ... Read more
Based on a true story and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Venice Film Festival, House of Fools is a biting, satirical look at war set in an insane asylum, seen through the eyes of a woman literally madly in love. ... A young Chechen woman, Janna, is one of several inmates living in a ... Read more
In That Land is a rare journey into a world which in many respects has not changed in a hundred years. Its territory is a small village in the north of Russia, a region which for better or worse has been largely overlooked by the probing eyes of the modern world. The film centres around three main ... Read more
Winner of the FIPRESCI Award at Cannes 2012. ... It is 1942, and on the German-occupied Western frontiers of the Soviet Union, local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. Two of these partisans, Voitik and Burov, are escorting suspected Nazi collaborator Sushenya to his death when ... Read more
"(An) often mesmerising tableau of a dance of death." - Screen International ... Saturday April 26th, 1986. In the 36 hours following the explosion of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, Communist party member and white-collar worker Valery Kabysh has seen the panic of his superiors, and has learnt the ... Read more
“This is a film about the fact that God exists.” - Pavel Lounguine Set in an Orthodox monastery, The Island follows a Russian monk's quest for salvation. Haunted by the sins of his youth and questions of faith, he lives a hermit-like existence in the bowels of the monastery. Above him, the ... Read more
Following the critical triumph ot Alexander Nevsky in 1939, Eisentstein's next film project was the monumental Ivan the Terrible, conceived as a three-part epic about the life and times of Ivan IV, the Czar who originally unified Russia in the 16th Century. ... Eisenstein spent two years ... Read more
"You pretend to work; we'll pretend to pay you' goes the old Soviet adage. In this remarkable debut film, which screened at Cannes, two ageing brothers, railroad line guards in the middle of nowhere, live lives that are deliciously, sometimes brutally, superfluous. ... Read more
Angels in a heavenly cinema watch from above as actors in a studio give voice to an escape from reality in the form of a film. Igor Voloshin's moving and beautifully crafted film premiered in Rotterdam, 2005. --- D/S Igor Voloshin P Angela Petrosyan WS Ulitka L Russian w/English subtitles TD ... Read more
"Like an episode of The Shield transplanted to the snow-swept Russian countryside, writer-director Yuri Bykov's The Major is a tense, handheld police thriller filled with scores of dirty cops, scenes of abrupt violence and a relentless, overriding sense of nastiness." - Hollywood Reporter ... Read more
... ... The Caucasus mountains in southern Rus­sia, sites of memory, history, imagination, longing, mysticism. In Memories of the Caucasus, the work of Sergei Paradjanov, the director of such films as The Colour of Pomegranates and The Legend of the Suram Fortress, is explored uti­lizing ... Read more
'Moloch' is the name generally given to a divinity worshipped by various ancient cultures. Although sources differ on the details of Moloch's abominations, this idol is most often connected to the sacrifices of children. In Milton's Paradise Lost, the name was given to Satan's strongest fighter who ... Read more
“A talented man is on a downward path until he hits rock bottom. That happens pretty often. And not just because of drugs. There are a lot of temptations all around.” - filmmaker Aleksey Balabanov ... Russia, 1917. The revolution is spreading out of the cities and into the countryside. To a ... Read more
It is the aura of delicate ambiguity that defines Mother and Son as a contemporary cinematic masterpiece. A fragile mother is dying, although if is uncertain whether she is physically ill or just resigned to death after a lifetime of hardship. A son has returned to her side, yet there are few clues ... Read more
[Night Watch, (NOCHNOI DOZOR) ], is a truly breathtaking fantasy thriller by Timur Bekmambetov, which screened at Berlin and Tribeca this year. Based on the third book in a science-fiction trilogy by Russian author Sergey Lukyanenko, [Night Watch, (NOCHNOI DOZOR) ] plays with the abiding sci-fi ... Read more
Turn of the century St Petersburg: two respectable families come under the scrutiny of Johann, a malicious pornographer, and his sinister, grinning accomplice. Johann's discreetly perverse spanking photographs are much prized in both households and the schemer uses this leverage to plot the ... Read more
"What a strange dream.. a stork, a river, an old park, a voice, through the mist, the outline of a house becomes visible. The houses seem to push each other aside, they huddle together, they rock on small waves, and suddenly it looks as if the town is a small island, floating round in the space of ... Read more
The welcome return of provocative film director Sally Potter teams her with festival favourite Tilda Swinton in a grand tour de force. Acquiring centuries, continents and sexes in a sweeping flourish, Orlando, as in Virginia Woolf's novel of 1928, is a lissome four-hundred-year-old with remarkable ... Read more
“By far the most visually beautiful film in this year's programme… perfectly evoking the Soviet films of the period.” - IndieWIRE ... A doctor working with the first group of cosmonauts in 1961 is caught in a conflict between duty and conscience; his choice could cost him not only ... Read more
Gosha Prokoshenkov is a thirteen year old boy living in a boys home in Moscow. This beautifully constructed cinema verite work provides a portrait from the streets rooftops and parks of one child's Moscow of today. Abandoned by his par­ents, institutionalised in an uncaring system, Gosha speaks ... Read more
The streets of Moscow are explored in glorious black and white in this rambling, roughly polished gem made from equal parts of Godard, Tarkovski, Wong Kar War Buster Keaton and the British Realists. ... Read more
"Art is not a mirror to reflect the world, but a hammer with which to shape it." – Russian poet Vladimir Mayakovsky ... In February 2012, five women wearing brightly coloured balaclavas rushed the altar of a Moscow Russian Orthodox Cathedral with microphones, speakers and a guitar and ... Read more
In 2006, former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko died in a London hospital, the world's first known victim of poisoning by polonium-210, a highly radioactive substance. This unflinching documentary is a memorial to a man critical of the Russian regime. With testimonies from several witnesses deep ... Read more
Newsreels from the 50s and 60s bring Soviet propaganda to life. ... Following on from his 2005 film Blockade, director Sergei Loznitsa unearths another collection of newsreels from the Soviet Union, this time from the 50s and 60s, to allow a glimpse into a side of the Cold War not often seen in the ... Read more
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