Festivals

Chronicles of the film festivals we’re attending.

WHITE HORSE Films from Georgia, 3-17 January, Deptford Cinema

The dreamlike phantasmagoria and poetry that underpin so many Georgian films have captured the imagination of cinema-lovers the world over, and Georgian cinema is currently enjoying an enthusiastically renewed appreciation. This January, Helena R. Kernan from University of Cambridge is putting together a short season of Georgian cinematic gems for London-based film aficionados.  

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WHITE HORSE Films from Georgia, 3-17 January, Deptford Cinema

The dreamlike phantasmagoria and poetry that underpin so many Georgian films have captured the imagination of cinema-lovers the world over, and Georgian cinema is currently enjoying an enthusiastically renewed appreciation. This January, Helena R. Kernan from University of Cambridge is putting together a short season of Georgian cinematic gems for London-based film aficionados.  

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Ukrainian Cinema Days in London, 10-13 December 2015, RichMix

Despite war and the resulting political turmoil, there are other stories emerging from this extraordinary country. Bold, inspiring and unexpected, Ukrainian cinema has been enchanting audiences at the most prestigious film festivals and cinemas around the world. Now it’s London’s turn to celebrate the emerging cinematic talents and discover some of the masterpieces of Ukrainian contemporary

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Ukrainian Cinema Days in London, 10-13 December 2015, RichMix

Despite war and the resulting political turmoil, there are other stories emerging from this extraordinary country. Bold, inspiring and unexpected, Ukrainian cinema has been enchanting audiences at the most prestigious film festivals and cinemas around the world. Now it’s London’s turn to celebrate the emerging cinematic talents and discover some of the masterpieces of Ukrainian contemporary

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Peter Greenaway’s EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO at Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest

EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO (2015) Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest Rio Cinema, Tuesday 24 November, 8:30pm This startling, joyful whirlwind of a film takes us on a completely over-the-top journey of Russian auteur filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein’s trip to Mexico in 1931.

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Peter Greenaway’s EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO at Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest

EISENSTEIN IN GUANAJUATO (2015) Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest Rio Cinema, Tuesday 24 November, 8:30pm This startling, joyful whirlwind of a film takes us on a completely over-the-top journey of Russian auteur filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein’s trip to Mexico in 1931.

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VELLA KALPI (1970): a carnivalesque costume drama from Soviet Latvia at SSEES 100 Film Festival

On Thursday 12th of November the SSEES Centenary Film Festival will show a 1970 Soviet Latvian comedy costume drama film VELLA KALPI (The Devil’s Servants), written and directed by Aleksandrs Leimanis and produced by Riga Film Studio.

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VELLA KALPI (1970): a carnivalesque costume drama from Soviet Latvia at SSEES 100 Film Festival

On Thursday 12th of November the SSEES Centenary Film Festival will show a 1970 Soviet Latvian comedy costume drama film VELLA KALPI (The Devil’s Servants), written and directed by Aleksandrs Leimanis and produced by Riga Film Studio.

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Rare public screening of Jarva’s DIARY OF A WORKER (1967) at the SSEES 100 Film Festival

On Tuesday 3rd of November, the SSEES Centenary Film Festival will show a 1967 Finnish drama film Työmiehen päiväkirja (Diary of a Worker, also released as Not by Bread Alone), directed by Risto Jarva.

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Rare public screening of Jarva’s DIARY OF A WORKER (1967) at the SSEES 100 Film Festival

On Tuesday 3rd of November, the SSEES Centenary Film Festival will show a 1967 Finnish drama film Työmiehen päiväkirja (Diary of a Worker, also released as Not by Bread Alone), directed by Risto Jarva.

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SSEES 100 Film Festival continues with ANIKINA VREMENA (1954), an adaptation of Ivo Andrić’s novel

On Monday 26th of October the SSEES Centenary Film Festival will show a 1954 Yugoslav film directed by Vladimir Pogačić, ANIKINA VREMENA (Legends of Anika). The screening will be introduced by Vlastimir Sudar, Professor of Film History and Theory, University of the Arts London.

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SSEES 100 Film Festival continues with ANIKINA VREMENA (1954), an adaptation of Ivo Andrić’s novel

On Monday 26th of October the SSEES Centenary Film Festival will show a 1954 Yugoslav film directed by Vladimir Pogačić, ANIKINA VREMENA (Legends of Anika). The screening will be introduced by Vlastimir Sudar, Professor of Film History and Theory, University of the Arts London.

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Rediscovering forgotten Romanian documentary films at SSEES 100 Film Festival

On Wednesday October 21st the SSEES Centenary Film Festival will give us a taste of documentary films produced in socialist Romania at the Alexandru Sahia documentary film studio.

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Rediscovering forgotten Romanian documentary films at SSEES 100 Film Festival

On Wednesday October 21st the SSEES Centenary Film Festival will give us a taste of documentary films produced in socialist Romania at the Alexandru Sahia documentary film studio.

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A once banned Czechoslovak film EXTASE (1933) represents 1930s at SSEES 100 Film Festival

On Tuesday 20th of October the SSEES Centenary Film Festival will show a once banned Czechoslovak film EXTASE (Ecstasy, 1933) by Gustav Machatý.

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A once banned Czechoslovak film EXTASE (1933) represents 1930s at SSEES 100 Film Festival

On Tuesday 20th of October the SSEES Centenary Film Festival will show a once banned Czechoslovak film EXTASE (Ecstasy, 1933) by Gustav Machatý.

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“The first Ukrainian film”: Dovzhenko’s ZVENYHORA (1927) at SSEES 100 Film Festival

On 13th of October the SSEES Centenary Film Festival will treat us to a masterpiece of early Soviet Ukrainian cinema,  a 1927 silent revolutionary epic by Oleksandr Dovzhenko, ZVENYHORA.

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“The first Ukrainian film”: Dovzhenko’s ZVENYHORA (1927) at SSEES 100 Film Festival

On 13th of October the SSEES Centenary Film Festival will treat us to a masterpiece of early Soviet Ukrainian cinema,  a 1927 silent revolutionary epic by Oleksandr Dovzhenko, ZVENYHORA.

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Evgenii Bauer’s AFTER DEATH (1915) & THE DYING SWAN (1917) open SSEES 100 Film Festival

The SSEES Centenary Film Festival opens next Monday, 12th of October, with two Russian pre-revolutionary silent films, AFTER DEATH and THE DYING SWAN, directed by Evgenii Bauer. Described by Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan, “The greatest director you’ve never heard of“, Evgenii Bauer

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Evgenii Bauer’s AFTER DEATH (1915) & THE DYING SWAN (1917) open SSEES 100 Film Festival

The SSEES Centenary Film Festival opens next Monday, 12th of October, with two Russian pre-revolutionary silent films, AFTER DEATH and THE DYING SWAN, directed by Evgenii Bauer. Described by Los Angeles Times film critic Kenneth Turan, “The greatest director you’ve never heard of“, Evgenii Bauer

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SSEES 100 Film Festival: 100 years of cinematic excellence from the Eastern Bloc

The full programme of the festival is available here. To celebrate one hundred years since its founding, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (University College London) is organizing a season of films to showcase Eastern European cinema during the last 100 years.

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SSEES 100 Film Festival: 100 years of cinematic excellence from the Eastern Bloc

The full programme of the festival is available here. To celebrate one hundred years since its founding, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (University College London) is organizing a season of films to showcase Eastern European cinema during the last 100 years.

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Films from St. Petersburg at Pushkin House

On Thursday, 23 October, Pushkin House kicks off a four-day film festival ‘Saint Petersburg: Take Another Look’. The programme includes nine films – documentary and feature, classic and contemporary – but all in some way are united by the city of Saint Petersburg.

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Films from St. Petersburg at Pushkin House

On Thursday, 23 October, Pushkin House kicks off a four-day film festival ‘Saint Petersburg: Take Another Look’. The programme includes nine films – documentary and feature, classic and contemporary – but all in some way are united by the city of Saint Petersburg.

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BFI London Film Festival: The Man in the Orange Jacket / М. О. Ж. (2014)

The Man in The Orange Jacket (М. О. Ж., 2014)  is a privately financed Latvian horror film directed by Aik Karapetian. It premiered in The Montreal World Film Festival in 2013 and since then does not cease to attract attention of international film critics that consistently compare Karapetian to David Lynch and Lars von Trier.

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BFI London Film Festival: The Man in the Orange Jacket / М. О. Ж. (2014)

The Man in The Orange Jacket (М. О. Ж., 2014)  is a privately financed Latvian horror film directed by Aik Karapetian. It premiered in The Montreal World Film Festival in 2013 and since then does not cease to attract attention of international film critics that consistently compare Karapetian to David Lynch and Lars von Trier.

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BFI London Film Festival: Hard to be a God / Trudno byt’ Bogom (2013)

This insightful review of Aleksei German’s Hard to be a God is courtesy of our today’s special guest writer John A. Riley, Woosong University. Originally published in SLOVO, vol. 26, no. 2 (Autumn 2014), 29-30.

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BFI London Film Festival: Hard to be a God / Trudno byt’ Bogom (2013)

This insightful review of Aleksei German’s Hard to be a God is courtesy of our today’s special guest writer John A. Riley, Woosong University. Originally published in SLOVO, vol. 26, no. 2 (Autumn 2014), 29-30.

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Controversial Russian documentary in UN sponsored film festival

We The Peoples Film Festival (8th-21st November 2014), organised and sponsored by the United Nations Association UK Westminster Branch, will host the screening of A Russian Fairytale and Q&A with director Jake Mobbs on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 at Ravensbourne University.

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Controversial Russian documentary in UN sponsored film festival

We The Peoples Film Festival (8th-21st November 2014), organised and sponsored by the United Nations Association UK Westminster Branch, will host the screening of A Russian Fairytale and Q&A with director Jake Mobbs on Tuesday, 11 November 2014 at Ravensbourne University.

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SLOVO Festival Film Screenings – March 22-23

Join us this weekend for the two film screenings organised by Academia Rossica as part of Slovo – the annual Russian literature festival in London

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SLOVO Festival Film Screenings – March 22-23

Join us this weekend for the two film screenings organised by Academia Rossica as part of Slovo – the annual Russian literature festival in London

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The 7th Russian Film Festival in London: Afterword

The London Lion Award – the highest prize of the 7th Russian Film Festival – was awarded to WINTER JOURNEY, a film repressed in Russia on the basis of ‘gay propaganda’ law.

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The 7th Russian Film Festival in London: Afterword

The London Lion Award – the highest prize of the 7th Russian Film Festival – was awarded to WINTER JOURNEY, a film repressed in Russia on the basis of ‘gay propaganda’ law.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Betrayal / Измена (2012)

When a cardiologist, having attached sensors to her patient’s chest, casually informs him that their spouses are having an affair with each other, the viewer is invited to step into a weird, dreamlike universe of Kirill Serebrennikov’s latest film Betrayal / Измена.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Betrayal / Измена (2012)

When a cardiologist, having attached sensors to her patient’s chest, casually informs him that their spouses are having an affair with each other, the viewer is invited to step into a weird, dreamlike universe of Kirill Serebrennikov’s latest film Betrayal / Измена.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Pipeline / Труба (2013)

Pipeline, the latest film by the renowned Russian documentary film-maker Vitaly Mansky (Anatomy of t.A.T.u., 2003; Virginity, 2008), follows the course of the Trans-Siberian gas pipeline from secluded parts of Asian Russia into the heart of Europe.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Pipeline / Труба (2013)

Pipeline, the latest film by the renowned Russian documentary film-maker Vitaly Mansky (Anatomy of t.A.T.u., 2003; Virginity, 2008), follows the course of the Trans-Siberian gas pipeline from secluded parts of Asian Russia into the heart of Europe.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Winter Journey / Зимний путь (2013)

Winter Jouney is a deeply intimist – therefore narratively unconventional – film, with multiple themes that are subtly hinted. As if it was Schubert’s lied, the story is not as important as the emotions triggered by an extraordinary acting and a powerful atmosphere.

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RFF7 Chronicle: Winter Journey / Зимний путь (2013)

Winter Jouney is a deeply intimist – therefore narratively unconventional – film, with multiple themes that are subtly hinted. As if it was Schubert’s lied, the story is not as important as the emotions triggered by an extraordinary acting and a powerful atmosphere.

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