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

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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.

The twenty-three films have been chosen to reflect the rich and diverse cinematic traditions of Russia and the countries of Eastern, Central, and South-Eastern Europe during the last one hundred years; taken together, they constitute important testimony to the profound social, political, historical and cultural transformations that have occurred during the last century. Each screening will be introduced by an academic who will place the film being shown in its historical, cultural, and cinematic context.

The season embraces a variety of genres, ranging from documentary shorts and literary adaptations to contemporary thrillers and comedies. Although little known and rarely screened in the UK, some of the films in the programme are regarded by specialists as classics of world cinema. Others, however, are not well known, even among connoisseurs of the national cinemas showcased as part of the festival, and their screening constitutes their international premiere.

The season runs from 12 October to 17 December 2015, and is supported by the British Film Institute and a number of embassies, cultural institutes, and cultural organizations, including Obskura. The films (with English subtitles) will be screened at Bloomsbury Theatre.

Tickets are free and available now from the theatre website on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Please contact obskura@obskura.co.uk for more information.

The full programme of the festival is available here.

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