Language: Russian

  • Compartment No. 6

    Compartment No. 6

    In the tradition of train films, which adds huit clos to the direction and serendipity of the road trip genre, Russian train films form class apart: claustrophobic quarters shared with a medley of imposed companions within; monotonous, unwelcoming taiga without; the tedious stasis of the long journey unalleviated by surly staff and bad food. Shooting…

  • Mr. Jones

    Mr. Jones

    Set in the 1930s, amid the posturing and jostling preceding WWII, Mr. Jones sees Stalin promoting the Soviet “utopia” to the Western world. A young journalist travels to Moscow to uncover the truth behind the propaganda. But what then? Having herself been persecuted and driven out of Communist Poland, Agnieszka Holland has first-hand experience of…

  • Talking About Trees

    Talking About Trees

    Once, they were acclaimed film directors; today they are virtually forgotten. Four members of the Sudanese Film Group decide that if the government will no longer let them make films, then at least they will try to show them. That means finding a venue, overcoming bureaucratic obstacles, and attracting a contemporary audience – all documented…

  • Loveless

    Loveless

    Andrei Zvyagintsev (Leviathan, Elena, The Return) has created a blistering winter’s tale, with a disintegrating marriage and the disappearance of a child at its emotional pivot. The broader picture is of the implacable forces tearing apart contemporary Russia, with the personal calamity casting everything into sharper relief. Setting the scene, the camera sketches an apocalyptic…

  • Leviathan

    Leviathan

    Kolya (Madyanov) faces a bid by corrupt local mayor to take his land. Dmitri (Vdochenkov) arrives from Moscow to support Kolya’s fight. The director has been likened to a modern Dostoyevsky, so this slyly subversive film is a surprising choice for Russia’s official foreign language Oscar entry. Zyvagintsev delivers a compassionate, satirically incendiary’ film. The…

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