2017

18 Oct

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931 curated by Konstantin Akinsha Session 3: Mikhail Kaufman An Unprecedented Campaign (1930) – 71 min Original with English subtitles This film is an undeservedly forgotten avant-garde masterpiece by Mikhail Kaufman, the brother and collaborator of the great Dziga Vertov. Lost for decades in the Ukrainian archives, this bold …
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18 Oct

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931 curated by Konstantin Akinsha Session 4: Mykola Shpykovskyi Bread (1929) – 44 min Original with English subtitles [Info] [Trailer] Bread, a forgotten masterpiece of the Ukrainian film avant-garde, was banned immediately after production and never released. It was first shown to a narrow circle of Ukrainian film professionals …
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15 Oct

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931 curated by Konstantin Akinsha Session 1: Oleksandr Dovzhenko Earth (1930) – 84 min Original with English subtitles [Info] [Trailer] The silent classic Earth is usually mentioned as one of the greatest movies of the Soviet era, alongside Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin and Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera. …
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15 Oct

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931

Filming the Revolution: Ukrainian Avant-garde Films 1929-1931 curated by Konstantin Akinsha Session 2: Dziga Vertov Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbas (1931) – 65 min Original with English subtitles [Info] Enthusiasm is the first Ukrainian sound film. Made in 1930 by Dziga Vertov, a master of the cinematic avant-garde, it was the first motion picture in …
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2014

27 May

Past Continuous: Conflicting Historical Legacies in Contemporary East European Cinema

IWM Film Retrospective 2014 Curated by Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood and Oksana Sarkisova S.P.A.R.T.A – Territory of Happiness (S.P.A.R.T.A. – Territoria Schast’ia) Director: Anna Moiseenko (2013, Russia, 56 minutes, OmU) This documentary focuses on S.P.A.R.T.A., a “poetic agricultural commune” dwelling in the East Ukrainian village of Caravan. In the early 1990s, the founder of the commune developed his …
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19 May

Past Continuous: Conflicting Historical Legacies in Contemporary East European Cinema

IWM Film Retrospective 2014 Curated by Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood and Oksana Sarkisova All That I Love (Wszystko co kocham) Director: Jacek Borcuch (Poland, 2009, 91 minutes, OmU) The tumultuous spring of 1981, and the Baltic sea coast where Solidarity was born less than a year earlier, form the background for this coming-of-age story. The film focuses …
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12 May

Past Continuous: Conflicting Historical Legacies in Contemporary East European Cinema

IWM Film Retrospective 2014 Curated by Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood and Oksana Sarkisova The Dark House (Dom zły) Director: Wojciech Smarzowski (Poland, 2009, 105 minutes, OmU)   The film weaves together two narratives that develop at disparate points in time. A criminal investigation into a gruesome crime that occurred in the Polish countryside in 1978 provides a …
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05 May

Past Continuous: Conflicting Historical Legacies in Contemporary East European Cinema

IWM Film Retrospective 2014 Curated by Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood and Oksana Sarkisova Opening Film: In the Fog (V tumane) (Sergei Loznitsa, Germany / Latvia / Russia / The Netherlands / Belarus, 2012, 128 min, OmU) Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation, and local partisans are fighting a brutal resistance campaign. …
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