Russian Film Week 2019

From Tarkovsky to Zvyagintsev, Russia has created some of the world's most distinctive auteurs. Discover a crop of new generation filmmakers with the acclaimed Russian Film Week.

The Conquest of Siberia

The Conquest of Siberia | Тобол

Screening followed by Q&A with actor Dmitriy Dyuzhev.

 

 

Ivan Demarin is a young officer of the Imperial Guard during the rule of Peter the Great.

He follows the Tsar's order and goes to Tobolsk, the frontier town located deep in Siberian forests. There Ivan falls in love for the first time.

His regiment and he happens to be involved in a plot of local princes who are looking for gold of Yarkand town.

Hordes of wild Dzungars surround his fort, and there is no one to call for help...

Monday 25 November 8.50pm | Curzon Mayfair

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The Balkan Line

The Balkan Line | Балканский рубеж

Q&A with actor/producer Gosha Kutsenko & actor Ravshana Kurkova.

 

Yugoslavia, 1999. The Russian task force receives an order to take control of the Slatina airport in Kosovo and hold it until the arrival of the reinforcements. However, both the Albanian warlord and NATO generals also want to control this strategic location.

The task force is squaring off with the terrorists in an uphill battle while Russian peacekeepers and NATO forces are rushing to support. Once again, the world is on the verge of a big war. But for Andrei Shatalov, the commander of the task force, politics is secondary. His girlfriend Yasna is among the hostages at the airport...

Tuesday 26 November 8.15pm | Curzon Mayfair

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 The Factory

The Factory | Завод

Screening + Q&A with director Yury Bykov & actor Andrey Smolyakov.

 

A dilapidated industrial building stands in the outskirts of a provincial Russian town. Many of its workers have been employed there before the change from state regulation to capitalist privatisation. When owner Kalugin, a well-connected local oligarch, announces that the factory is bankrupt, a group of workers who haven't been paid for months kidnap him for ransom.

Led by the mysterious Alexei whose motives are far from clear, the heist goes awry. Kalugin’s private security guards and a police SWAT team quickly have the building surrounded. The workers are trapped, the clock is ticking and allegiances are beginning to fray...

Wednesday 27 November 8.50pm | Curzon Mayfair

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 Sabre Dance

Sabre Dance | Танец с саблями

 

The cold autumn of 1942. The second year of the war. The former Molotov city, which was renamed after the war to Perm. The Leningrad Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet after Kirov is evacuated here and in the process of tense preparations for the premiere of the Gayane ballet.

The world of a theatre in evacuation is mysterious, hungry and cold. Life, with all its wartime period tokens of the home front. Half-starved ballerinas, corps de ballet members, who turn into "Pink Ladies" on stage. Spectacles, performances in hospitals, defence factories and endless rehearsals.

Final efforts to create Gayane coincide with the creation of the first tact of the 2nd symphony, often overlapping. In 8 hours, Khachaturian writes the most performed creation.

Wednesday 27 November 9.00pm | Curzon Oxford

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 The Factory

The Factory | Завод

Screening + Q&A with director Yury Bykov.

 

A dilapidated industrial building stands in the outskirts of a provincial Russian town. Many of its workers have been employed there before the change from state regulation to capitalist privatisation. When owner Kalugin, a well-connected local oligarch, announces that the factory is bankrupt, a group of workers who haven't been paid for months kidnap him for ransom.

Led by the mysterious Alexei whose motives are far from clear, the heist goes awry. Kalugin’s private security guards and a police SWAT team quickly have the building surrounded. The workers are trapped, the clock is ticking and allegiances are beginning to fray...

Friday 29 November 8.30pm | Curzon Oxford

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Sorokin Trip

Sorokin Trip | Сорокин Трип

Screening + Q&A with author Anton Zhelnov.

 

Vladimir Sorokin is a man who blew up the Soviet literary tradition and built his own world on its ruins.

Sorokin Trip is the first documentary about the most significant writer and dramatist in modern Russian literature. Sorokin for the first time talks about his own life with utmost frankness: childhood in a worker's settlement near Moscow, life in the workshops of underground artists, persecution by the KGB and pro-Kremlin youth organizations, love for Russian literature and cosmic cold.

Saturday 30 November 3.00pm | Curzon Mayfair

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Brotherhood

Brotherhood | Братство

 

The end of the Soviet-Afghan war: 1988-1989. The USSR begins its withdrawal from Afghanistan.

General Vasiliev's son - a pilot, named Alexander gets kidnapped by the mujahideen after his aeroplane crashes. As a result, the 108th motorised infantry division's long-awaited return home gets put on hold for one last mission: to bring Alexander back.

Based on actual events, the previously untold story of the courageous and tragic withdrawal campaign (through the Salang pass) reveals danger, horror and complexity of human nature during wartime.

Saturday 30 November 3.00pm | Curzon Oxford

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The Conquest of Siberia

The Conquest of Siberia | Тобол

Screening followed by Q&A with actor Agata Mutsenietse.

 

Ivan Demarin is a young officer of the Imperial Guard during the rule of Peter the Great.

He follows the Tsar's order and goes to Tobolsk, the frontier town located deep in Siberian forests. There Ivan falls in love for the first time.

His regiment and he happens to be involved in a plot of local princes who are looking for gold of Yarkand town.

Hordes of wild Dzungars surround his fort, and there is no one to call for help...

Sunday 1 December 8.15pm | Curzon Oxford

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Through a Black Glass

Through a Black Glass | Сквозь чёрное стекло

Screening + Q&A with producer Andrey Sigle + actor Vasilisa Denisova.

 

It is a genre film, but which genre? Maybe a modern interpretation of the classic story of Cinderella? But it might be considered as a tragic melodrama or a religious drama, too.

It’s vaguely reminiscent of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s short story A Gentle Spirit with its conflict of concepts: it centers on the collision of two world views - religious and atheist.

Finally, it is a love story, with the emotional temperature close to boiling, even though we all know that a romantic story is one thing, while life is always something different.

Alas, in today's Russia, the story of Cinderella can’t have a happy ending.

Sunday 1 December 8.00pm | Curzon Mayfair

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