Soviet and Post-Soviet Movie Club at the Polonsky Academy
Spring Semester 2018
For invitees only
1999 | Dir: Bakhtier Khudoinazarov | 107 minutes | Russian
A surrealistic road trip across post-Soviet Central Asia that is simultaneously funny, charming and tragic. Director Bakhtier Khudoinazarov has been often compared to Emir Kusturica for his idiosyncratic treatment of the post-socialist condition.
Beyond the Capitals: Exploring (Post) Soviet Cinematic Peripheries
The Soviet Union was the world’s largest country, covering approximately one sixth of the earth’s land surface and encompassing eleven time zones and all the major climatic regions. A country of significant ethnic diversity, it was home to more than one hundred ethnic groups. This semester, the Soviet and Post-Soviet Movie Club at the Polonsky Academy ventures outside the metropolitan areas of European Russia. Traveling from the western Carpathian borderlands to arid deserts of Central Asia and from snow-capped mountains of the Caucasus to remote villages in the Russian North, this program explores and celebrates the diversity of Soviet and post-Soviet cinema.
The screenings will take place at the Polonsky Auditorium on Mondays at 18.00, starting with a brief introduction by Dr. Pavel Vasilyev. All movies will be screened in the original with English subtitles. After each screening, there will be an opportunity for informal discussion.