Films in the Dash Arts Dacha – Highlights

The Dash Arts Dacha is an immersive installation that recreates the world of the Russian country house circa 1917. Presented by Dash Arts and in residence at Rich Mix in Shoreditch, it features daily programme of live music, films, discussion, plays and late night dancing along with continuous snacks, tea from the samovar and vodka from the bar.


Over the Dacha month from 12 June to 11 July, Dash Arts are presenting seven films of the Soviet and Post-Soviet era:

Thursday, 22 June from 6pm – And Quiet Flows the Don’ (Gerasimov, 1957)

A rare opportunity to experience this stunning 6-hour epic film directed by Sergey Gerasimov (1957) telling the story of the lives of the Cossacks in a village in southern Russia between 1912 and 1922.  Based on an epic four-part novel by Mikhail Sholokhov written in the early Soviet period, this stunning achievement in storytelling has been described as the Soviet-era War and Peace.


Saturday, 24 June – 6pm – ‘Leviathan’ (Zvyagintsev, 2014)

Oscar-nominated film set in a contemporary bleak Russian coastal town on the Barents Sea

Sunday, 25 June – 6pm – ‘Russian Ark’ (Sokurov, 2002)

Almost 15 years before Birdman, director Alexander Sokurov created the original one-take extravaganza – a surreal, dream-like journey through centuries of Russian history filmed in a one-take exploration of 33 different rooms in St. Petersburg’s Winter Palace.

Saturday, 1 July – 3pm – A Collection of Soviet Animation

Saturday, 1 July – 9:30pm – ‘Reds’ (Beatty, 1981)

Warren Beatty’s Oscar-winning drama of American journalist John Reed’s journeys to Russia to document the Bolshevik Revolution (writings which became the classic eyewitness account – Ten Days That Shook the World)

Part of the Art Night programme of all-night visual arts and culture throughout Whitechapel and the East End.

Sunday, 2 July – 2am – ‘October: Ten Days that Shook the World’ (Eisenstein, 1927)

A screening of Eisenstein’s silent epic created for the 10th anniversary of the October Revolution (and featuring a score by Dimitri Shostakovich) re-telling the events leading up to rebellion that results in the overthrow of the Tsar’s Winter Palace.


Part of the Art Night programme of all-night visual arts and culture throughout Whitechapel and the East End.

Sunday, 9 July – 6pm – ‘Burnt by the Sun’ (Mikhalkov, 1994)

Oscar-winning film set in the Russian countryside at the peak of Stalin’s purges directed by Nikita Mikhalkov.


All screenings are FREE and are located in the air conditioned, open Main Space of Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.

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